Dear Colleague,

In our submission ahead of the Budget taking place on 11 March 2020, we urged the Government to safeguard the plug-in grant that has incentivised several motorists to buy an electric car. Please find more details in today’s news.

Last week, franchised dealers celebrated their apprentices through the Drive My Career apprentice takeover campaign. The ‘DMCApprenticeTakeover’ promoted the success of many apprentices working across all business areas of the automotive industry and reached over 350,000 people on social media. Read more in the news.

Positively, the used car market continued to perform well. Used car transactions saw a growth of 2.4% in the final quarter of 2019 and ended the year at the same level as 2018. Petrol and diesel saw marginal declines, whilst sales of the latest Euro 6 diesel models grew. Also, alternative fuel vehicles saw an increase.

NFDA is the voice of automotive retailers: if you require any assistance, to attend one of our regional meetings or secure your place at the forthcoming NFDA Spring Ball 2020, please contact our member helpline at 01788 538303.

Sue Robinson, NFDA Director