Carmakers are masking the true extent of their woes after a rush to pre-register cars to avoid an emissions-testing clampdown.
To beat the new regime, the industry flooded cars into the dealer network, pumping up figures as sales were pulled forward. But with the standards having come into force this month, dealers are bracing for a sales crash.
September is usually a big month for car sales, but numbers – due out in early October – are expected to dive.
Data seen by The Daily Telegraph show a rise in “pre-registering”, which further skews the figures.
We’ll have stories about how the growing realisation of Brexit is killing car sales, won’t we?