German car sales fall 31% on WLTP

German registrations plunged 31 percent last month as sales dried up following the introduction of the Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicle Test Procedure, or WLTP, on September 1. Most mass-market brands dropped last month. Audi decreased the most, falling 78 percent, followed closely by fellow VW Group brand Porsche, with a 76 percent drop. The group’s core VW brand was next with a 62 percent fall. Seat volume was down 55 percent and Skoda 44 percent. Source Automotive News Europe

Carmakers are worried about the possibility of no deal on Brexit with March 2019 deadline approaching.

There are sinister warnings emerging from within the UK car industry over a no deal Brexit, with Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn saying that his firm was ‘in the dark’ over Brexit and hinting that the company could quit the UK. ‘We have said very clearly we want to maintain the competitiveness of the UK,’ said Ghosn yesterday. ‘Obviously for us the stakes are very high, but it’s difficult to tell you what kind of decision we’re going to take without knowing exactly what is Brexit.’ Source Motor1