Sales of new cars in the UK slumped by close to 6% in 2017, with industry bosses putting the blame firmly on adverse publicity levelled at diesel engines.
This week's shock result of the Fiat Punto being given a zero-star Euro NCAP safety rating highlights how much safer new cars have become in recent years.
Car finance records for the first ten months of 2017 show that the sector is still on track for record lending this year despite falling new car sales.
A mass end-of-year set of crash tests have sparked concerns at safety body Euro NCAP, with many low scores topped by the first-ever no-star result.
Volkswagen has been forced to admit that it has received 17,000 complaints from UK owners whose vehicles have suffered after receiving the Dieselgate "fix".
November marked the eighth month in a row of falling new car registrations for 2017, and once again it was collapsing diesel sales causing the most concern.
Used car sales are following the new car market downwards – but at a much slower rate, sliding 2.1% in the third quarter of 2017.
Eight new cars have been crash tested by independent safety testers Euro NCAP, with all eight vehicles scoring a maximum five-star rating.
The Environmental Audit Committee has demanded that Volkswagen explain why it has not fixed nearly 400,000 emissions-cheating Dieselgate cars.
UK car sales plummeted again in October, as industry figures blamed the slide on collapsing consumer confidence and an over-hyped campaign against diesel.
The next step in Vauxhall's absorption into the PSA Groupe (Peugeot, Citroën, DS) has been finalised, with PSA taking control of Vauxhall Finance.