Dear Colleague,

This week’s new passenger car registration figures showed that the market declined by -6.8% in 2018 largely due to the effects of the introduction WLTP and the uncertain political-economic climate. Positively, the van market declined by only -1.3% last year, marking the fourth-best performance on record. Please email louise.woods@rmif.co.uk to receive a copy of the figures.

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee has published the Government’s response to its Electric Vehicle report. It was positive to see further confirmation of Government’s support for our recently launched Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme. The response says: “The Government is also supporting the work of the National Franchised Dealers Association to develop an accreditation standard for new and used electric car dealerships. This will set a standard for dealers who are looking to prove their expertise in selling and supporting electric vehicles.” The document is available at https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmbeis/1881/188102.htm

Today’s newsletter includes an update on Brexit. Ahead of next week’s vote, we analyse the possible, future scenarios with a focus on the proposed deal, the implications if parliament rejects it, and the possibility of a no-deal. Please find more details in the newsletter.

Book your free place - Driving Digital 2019 will be back on 7 February 2019 at Villa Park, Birmingham. A line-up of top industry speakers will share practical tips to apply in the world of digital marketing and automotive retail. The event is free for franchised dealers, email louise.woods@rmif.co.uk to reserve your place. For more information, visit www.driving-digital.co.uk .

NFDA is your trade association, if you need any assistance, please do contact our member helpline on 01788 538303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director