New car industry developments revealed by SMMT


Research carried out by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has been revealed this month, as a number of trends have been registered about the industry as a whole. Looking into the 31 million cars on UK roads, the SMMT uncovered a number of developments, including the proliferation of more carbon-friendly cars; this could certainly sway buyers with when getting their next run-around.

The SMMT ( was keen to explain that CO2 emissions were becoming a major focus for manufacturers over the last five years. The average CO2 of new cars, it revealed, has dropped by 15 per cent. The use of low-emission cars varies across the country, however; Plymouth has the fewest motors emitting less than 140g/km of CO2, while Chesterfield is highest with 29 per cent.

In terms of general ownership, it was discovered that Greater London and the north-west saw a fall in the number of registered cars since 2005, while Scotland and the south-west of England had the largest growth; both experienced car sale rises of over four per cent during the last five years.

Yet while silver remains the most popular car colour across the country, Leeds motorists are leading the way with pink; over 100 of the brightly-hued vehicles have been registered in the city since 2005.

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