Sales of new cars in the United Kingdom, Europe’s second-largest car market, dropped 20.5 percent in September, after stricter emissions standards were introduced, according to Reuters.
The Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) came into force in the EU on September 1, and certain automakers have been unable to recertify all of their models in time, which led to a disruption of sales in September, a key selling month in Britain.
The UK market was also hit by a 42.5 percent drop in diesel sales amid uncertainty over government policy and a subsequent levy hike.
Deliveries dropped to 338,834 units last month, according to the UK Society of Motor Manufactureres and Traders (SMMT). The best-selling models in September were Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa, Mercedes-Benz A Class, Nissan Qashqai and MINI.
Dacia sold 2,470 units on the UK market in September – a 44.6 percent year-on-year drop.
In a first nine months of this year, Dacia’s UK sales totalled 18,264 vehicles, a 13.3 percent decrease compared to the same period of 2017.