Diesel's decline and electric's escalation
2017 saw the continued decline of diesel-powered cars' fortunes. The significant dip in sales is likely to continue with the announcement of a tax hike coming into force in April 2018 for all diesel cars which do not meet the current Euro 6 emissions standards.
Meanwhile, the Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle (ULEV) sector continued its run of impressive sales growth, reflected in an increase in market share. The sector received a huge policy boost from the UK government, which said all new cars must be electric 2040.
However, there are considerable challenges ahead in the bid to electrify the UK car industry.