SMMT refutes BVRLA claims over low availability of eco models
12 February 2009
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has refuted BVRLA claims over a "potential shortage in availability of the lowest emission new cars" in 2009.
Among other reasons, a BVRLA spokesman pointed to the scrappage schemes in other European countries encouraging drivers to buy new low-CO2 models and therefore eating up supply, particularly among executive brands and models. "
But a spokesman for the SMMT countered: "There is an ever-increasing number of low-emissions vehicles coming to market. In the current economic situation it is unlikely that there will be a shortage of availability of new vehicles if there is the demand to purchase them."
BMW and Audi both confirmed that availability of their low-CO2 models is good. "Demand did outstrip supply for the A3e when we first launched it," said a spokesman. "But we have a much freer flow at the moment and we are not anticipating any supply issues going forward."
A BMW spokesman also confirmed waiting times were at normal levels, with cars being delivered within 12 weeks of order.