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May sees first rise in 2006 new car market

06 June 2006 #Cars #Registrations #SMMT News

  • Compared to May 2005, new car market rises 1.1 per cent to 190,002 units
  • 6,955 more superminis registered than last May, up 13.4 per cent
  • Diesel market share hits record high for the month at 37.9 per cent
  • Year-to-date figures show 4.3 per cent fall to 1,022,414 units

Commenting on the May 2006 new car registration data, SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said, ‘In what is proving to be a competitive market, the rise in May figures reflects a small upturn in consumer confidence. We hope that easing fuel prices, a burst of better weather and a strong England performance in Germany will be reflected in new car sales in the coming weeks.

‘It has been a tough year so far but the industry is proving to be resilient. More manufacturers have announced world debuts for this summer’s British International Motor Show at ExCeL London, so car buyers will be able to see for themselves, just how many options there are.’

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