The UK new vehicle market saw another month of decline - and is down year-on-year - on the back of poor diesel sales.
Sales were hurt by a decline in business and consumer confidence, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said. Likewise, fleet and private registrations declined -13% and -10.1% respectively.
Meanwhile, petrol registrations were up by 2.7% during the same period, while cars known as Alternative Fuel Vehicles, or AFVs - mostly hybrids and electric cars - shot up by a massive 36.9%.
However, AFV's increasing market share couldn't offset the decline in diesel registrations, which fell by -29.9% in October - the most noticeable drop yet.
New auto registrations fell for the seventh month in a row as 158,192 vehicles were sold in October, down 12.2% compared to the same month a year ago, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
However, SMMT has claimed that "confusion" over the potential introduction of measures to restrict the use of diesel vehicles in some areas has impacted demand for new diesel cars.
Hawes said: "Consumers need urgent reassurance that the latest, low emission diesel cars on sale will not face any bans, charges or other restrictions, anywhere in the United Kingdom".
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Ready to get started? 24,968 new LCVs joined British roads in October, a -7.4 per cent fall compared with the same month a year ago.
Sales of new cars have tumbled for a seventh consecutive month amid a slump in consumer confidence with diesel sales falling by almost a third.
Alex Buttle, of auto buying comparison website Motorway.co.uk, said: "Diesel's market share is plummeting and consumers aren't listening to rhetoric about cleaner diesel models, however much the industry drums on about it".
Simon Benson, director of motoring services at AA Cars, comments: "The Government's ongoing crackdown on older "dirty diesel" has had a significant impact on the new vehicle market, with sales plummeting by nearly 30% in October".
This aligns with SMMT's latest forecast for 2017, published last week, with the market expected to end the year on 2.565 million units - a -4.7 per cent decline. According to the data, alternatively fuelled auto registrations were up 36.9% compared to 2016, with 8,244 cars having been registered during the month.
"Confidence in new, cleaner diesel vehicles must be restored and consumers need to understand that no town or city has plans to charge Euro 6 diesels to enter".