Overall new car registrations grew 3.8 percent year-on-year in November to 178,876, Britain's Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said.

This compared with a 1.1 percent drop in October, which ended 43 months of continual growth in a market which has benefited from purchases made with cheap finance.
               
However, all of VW's main brands saw drops with Audi branded cars falling 4 percent, Seat 24 percent and Skoda 11 percent. Although the scandal engulfing the German carmaker first broke in mid-September, car deliveries typically occur several weeks after purchase decisions, making November's data the best gauge so far of the impact on demand.