Sales of hybrid electric cars have risen in September by over 15%, with 16,545 hybrid petrol electric cars sold in the last month.

In the year to September 2018 a total of 69,404 hybrid petrol electric cars have been sold, an increase of 22.6% from the previous year, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

New car sales fall 20% in September

Overall, new car sales are down by more than 20.5% in September, with 338,834 vehicles registered in the month, down around 87,000 on the previous year.

The large fall in sales is in large part due to new testing requirements which have caused backlogs and affected the supply of new cars to the market.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “With the industry given barely a year to reapprove the entire European model line-up, it’s no surprise that we’ve seen bottlenecks and a squeeze on supply. These are exceptional circumstances with similar declines seen in other major European markets.

“The good news is that, as backlogs ease, consumers and businesses can look forward to a raft of exciting high-tech cars and a market keen to recover lost momentum.”

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