New car sales fell by 4.1% in April compared to the same period last year, according to the latest figures from The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

In total, 161,064 new car were registered in April, down from 167,911 in April 2018 and the second lowest April volume since 2012.

Diesel cars sales fell by 9.4% compared to April 2018, with demand for Petrol cars also falling by 3.0%. Hybrid and electric vehicles continued to grow, with sales rising 12.7% in April, making up 6.4% of all cars registered.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said: “While it’s great to see buyers respond to the growing range of pure electric cars on offer, they still only represent a tiny fraction of the market and are just one of a number of technologies that will help us on the road to zero.”

April 2019 and YTD cars
April 2019 best sellers cars
Source: SMMT vehicle data
April registrations 2003 to 2019
Source: SMMT vehicle data
Car Registrations April 2019