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New car market down in August, but diesel surges forward

06 September 2005 #Cars #Registrations #SMMT News

  • August market, smallest of the year, fell 2.3 per cent to 83,066 units
  • Year-to-August registrations dropped 5.7 per cent to 1,554,828 units
  • Diesel market continued to rise, up 10.7 per cent in August

‘In a weaker August new car market, diesel continued to star’, commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘As fuel prices soar, buyers are really switching on toits benefits and last month marked almost five consecutive years of diesel growth. Cheaper motoring and greater model choice are just two of its selling points; better fuelconsumption is also helpingto lower average carbon dioxide emissions from the tailpipe.’

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