Car Industry News

The Car Expert provides you with a variety of news and information from and about the car industry, with monthly industry updates from SMMT.

Car buyer debt increases further despite warnings

The latest car finance figures show that buyers are borrowing more money to finance both new and used cars, despite all the media attention of late.

Another slow month for new car sales in August

New car registrations fell by more than 6% in August compared to last year, with buyers shying away from showrooms and diesels having a disastrous time.

Will scrappage schemes really boost new car sales?

A flurry of new "scrappage schemes" has been announced, with manufacturers offering thousands of pounds for owners of old cars to trade them in on new ones.

SMMT does a recount; everything’s fine in used car sales

A week after publishing disastrous used car sales results, the SMMT has now published corrected numbers and decided that things aren't so bad after all.

Used car sales record worst results in years

Used car sales for the second quarter of 2017 fell significantly and are the worst results in years, according to figures published by the SMMT today.

‘More effort needed’ to beat car hackers

Smart cars, allowing drivers to access all kinds of digital services from the cockpit, are all very well. But could they be hacked?

FCA car finance probe puts a priority on customer welfare

The Financial Conduct Authority has published an update on its investigation into the car finance sector and identified the key questions it wants answered.

New car sales continue falling in July

UK new car registrations fell by more than 9% in July, with demand down across all buying sectors. Once again, it was a disastrous month for diesel sales.

PSA takes over Vauxhall and Opel from GM

Vauxhall has new French owners – PSA Group has announced that the purchase of the British brand and its German Opel sister has now been completed.

June sees third month of decline for UK car production

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that UK car manufacturing fell just under 14% in June.

Mercedes and Audi announce massive diesel car recalls

Mercedes-Benz and Audi have announced recalls for nearly four million diesel cars across Europe in a bid to avoid fines and vehicle bans in European cities.

Car companies’ half-year report card

With new car registration data now available for the first half of 2017, we take a look at which brands are having a good year and which are struggling.

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