UK car sales slide in 2017 on Brexit, diesel fears

London – UK car sales suffered their biggest annual slide since the global recession, stunted by Brexit’s impact on buyer confidence and lingering scepticism over the emissions performance of diesel cars.

Sales fell 5.7% in 2017 to 2.54 million vehicles, the steepest drop since 2009, according to the Society for Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Demand for diesel autos slumped 17%, with a swing back to gasoline models prompting the first annual increase in carbon emissions since records began in 1997.

Sales in December fell 14% to 152,473…

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