Brits bought fewer new cars for the seventh month in a row in October

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The number of new cars registered declined 12 per cent last month (Source: Getty)

The number of new cars registered in the UK fell in October, new figures have revealed, the seventh consecutive month of declines.

The number of new units registered fell to 158,192 units in October, down 12.2 per cent form September, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said today.

The number of diesel cars bought fell by a third, while business buyers declined by more than a quarter.

Meanwhile, the number of alternatively fuelled vehicles jumped 37 per cent.

"Declining business and consumer confidence is undoubtedly affecting demand in the new car market but this is being compounded by confusion over government policy on diesel," said Mike Hawes, the SMMT's chief executive.

"Consumers need urgent reassurance that the latest, low emission diesel cars on sale will not face any bans, charges or other restrictions, anywhere in the UK.

We urge the government to use the forthcoming Autumn Budget to restore stability to the market, encouraging the purchase of the latest low emission vehicles as fleet renewal is the fastest and most effective way of addressing air quality concerns.”

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