United Kingdom fleet registrations saw a 7% drop, continuing a several month slide month slide witnessed by other European countries, which was partially the result of the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) deadline, a new required measurement of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles, as well as their pollutant emissions, implemented in September.
The leading auto manufacturer for fleet registrations on the month was Volkswagen and was followed by BMW in second, which was bolstered by more than 550 registrations for its 5 Series. Both automakers had an edge over Ford and Vauxhall, according to a report from Dataforce.
Meanwhile, Audi struggled on the month when compared to the same time last year due to the automaker struggling with WLTP homologations, and was almost 50% behind previous year numbers.
Regarding alternative fuels, petrol and hybrid-based SUVs saw 48.9% and 71.5% growths in registration, respectively, for fleets in the country.