Afternoon round-up: 6p added onto fuel prices in May, car registration figures, Duster prices

6p a litre added onto fuel prices during May, says RAC

Fuel pump

May saw the highest monthly rise in the average price of fuel in “at least” 18 years, the RAC has claimed.

According to the motoring organisation, 6p a litre was added to the price at the pumps during the month, taking the average petrol price to 129.4p a litre and diesel to 132.3p a litre.

“May was a hellish month for motorists. Sadly, they have been besieged by pump price rises for three months with nearly 9p a litre being added to petrol since the beginning of March,” said RAC fuel spokesman, Simon Williams. “The rising oil price together with a weaker pound is a punitive combination for anyone that drives regularly. For many people there is little alternative to the car for the majority of journeys they have to make so it is therefore very difficult to avoid feeling the pinch of rising pump prices.”

UK new car market bounces back in May – but fleet demand is still down

New cars

The new UK car market grew by 3.4% in May with 192,649 units registered during the month.

However, private car buyers fuelled the growth, with the number of private registrations increasing by 10.1% while fleet demand dropped by 0.7% compared with May 2017.

In the year to date, the overall market remains down, with new registrations having fallen -6.8% with fleet confidence continuing to lag, with registrations down by -7.1%.

“May’s growth, albeit on the back of large declines last year, is encouraging and suggests the market is now starting to return to a more natural running rate. To ensure long-term stability, we need to avoid any further disruption to the market, and this will require sustainable policies that give consumers and businesses the confidence to invest in the new cars that best suit their needs,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. “Fleet renewal is the fastest way to improve air quality and reduce CO2, and this applies to hybrid and plug-in technologies as well as the latest low emission petrol and diesels which, for many drivers, remain the right choice economically and environmentally.”

Dacia confirms new Duster prices

Dacia Duster new

Dacia has confirmed its all-new Duster will cost from £9,995 when order books open later this month.

First deliveries are due to commence in July. Four trim levels are offered – Access, Essential, Comfort and Prestige.

Standard kit includes daytime running lights, emergency brake assist and electric front windows.

Just two engines are offered – one petrol and one diesel. Each has 115hp and a manual gearbox, though both can be mated to a four-wheel drive system. Emissions are rated at 149g/km of CO2 for the petrol and 115g/km of CO2 for the diesel.