Sales of new cars in the UK fell by more than 11% in November compared with the same month in 2016, with sales of diesel cars worst hit.
Following Chancellor Philip Hammond's autumn budget – during which new tax implications were announced for diesel cars – diesel car sales slumped by more than 30% compared with November 2016, while diesel sales for the year so far are down by 16% on the same period last year. Petrol car sales are up 3.1% so far on 2016's figures.
The biggest growth this year has come from alternatively fuelled vehicles, which include hybrids and fully electric cars, with a 34% year-on-year increase. However, with just a 4.7% share of the total market this year, such cars remain a minority on UK roads.
This is the eigth consecutive month of decline in UK new car sales – something that the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has branded a "major concern".
Chief executive Mike Hawes said: "Diesel remains the right choice for many drivers, not least because of its fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions. The decision to tax the latest low-emission diesels is a step backwards and will only discourage drivers from trading in their older, more polluting cars."
While there is still plenty of confusion from the Government surrounding diesel cars, research by What Car? has found that discounts on new diesels are on average 25.6% higher than their petrol counterparts.
Most of the best sellers in November were hatchbacks, such as the Ford Fiesta and Volkswagen Golf, while SUVs also featured. Here, we take a look at the top 10.