UK new car sales hit a 12-year high in January, with alternative-fuelled cars reaching their highest-ever level but diesel sales slipping back.
Output from the UK’s car factories totalled 1.7 million in 2016 – the highest total for 17 years. More than one in two cars built were exported to Europe.
UK car registrations hit an all-time record in 2016, moving close to 2.7 million. The new car market grew for a fifth straight year.
UK car manufacturing hit a 17-year high in November with output from automotive factories already 56,000 ahead of the whole of 2015's production.
Aston Martin has begun building its new factory at St Athan in south Wales. The plant will be home to the Aston Martin SUV which begins production in 2019.
Crash-test body Euro NCAP has named cars from Toyota, Hyundai and Volkswagen as the best-in-class performers of 16 cars it tested in 2016.
Britain’s new car market topped 2.5 million vehicles last month – the first time the figure has been reached in November.
BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche are planning a network of high-powered DC charging outlets on throughout Europe.
New automotive brand Nio has made its debut in London with the unveiling of what is claimed to be the world’s fastest electric car.
Volkswagen has used the unveiling of the revised Golf to update progress on its efforts to recover from the ‘Dieselgate’ emissions-cheating crisis.
UK car sales continued to grow in October – but only just, registrations up 1.4 per cent on the same month in 2015. Year-to-date figures grew 2.5 per cent.