Dear colleague,

This week’s new passenger car registration figures showed that the market declined by -3.0% in November and is now -6.9% down year to date. Positively, sales of battery electric vehicles grew by an impressive 69.5%. The light commercial vehicles market rose significantly by 9.6% and is now marginally down by -0.7% annually. Please email to receive a copy of the figures.

The slots available for the pilot phase of our newly launched Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme are now full. The pilot phase of EVA, which has been endorsed by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles and the Energy Saving Trust, certifies retailers’ excellence in the electric vehicle arena. To find out more, please email

This week we held our Northwest and Southern regional meetings in Warrington and Cobham. New and used car market, F&I and HR issues, with a focus on Drive My Career, as well as the implications of the electric vehicles’ market and WLTP were the key issues discussed. I encourage you to come to our next meetings and provide us with your key inputs which are essential to set the direction of our work. Please find dates and venues of the next regionals in the news.

Finally, congratulations to Sytner Group named as UK’s best retailer to work for by Glassdoor’s survey based on direct colleague feedback through their system.

We represent, you benefit: NFDA is your trade association and we are here to help. If you need any assistance, please ring our member helpline on 01788 538 303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director