Dear colleague,

This week saw Parliament reject the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. We continued to highlight to government the importance of our sector in terms of revenue, investment and employment levels and urged the Government to provide clarity about its future plans to support businesses and consumers. Please find more details in the news.

On Tuesday, I attended the inaugural meeting of the Government’s Home Office task force chaired by the Policing Minister, Nick Hurd. The new taskforce has been set up to reduce and prevent vehicle crime and promote best practice, the meeting was attended by a number of representatives from the industry. Please find more information below.

The latest figures from the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) showed that European new passenger car registrations were flat in 2018 (+0.1%) but declined in the last months of the year because of the introduction of the new WLTP testing procedure. The effects of WLTP were similar across all the largest European markets, including the UK.

Driving Digital 2019 is less than three weeks away!

NFDA’s first main event of the year will be back on 7 February 2019 at Villa Park, Birmingham. A line-up of top industry speakers will share practical tips to apply to digital marketing and automotive retail. The event is free for franchised dealers, email to reserve your place. For more information: .

NFDA is your trade association: we represent, you benefit. Please contact our member helpline on 01788 538 303, if you require any assistance.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director