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Superminis and diesels star in weaker June new car market

Year-to-date sales and June sales are both down compared to their previous figures, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

June new car sales fell by 3.6% to 219,497 units compared to 2005. Year-to-date figures showed a 4.2% drop to 1,241,925 units.

However, supermini registrations were up 2.1% and the diesel market share hit a record high for June with 38.9%.

SMMT chief executive, Christopher Macgowan said: “In a market that has wobbled on the back of weaker consumer confidence and higher fuel costs, it's not surprising that supermini cars and diesel models are picking up.

“New car buyers are increasingly aware of the benefits of smaller cars and those powered by highly-efficient and cleaner diesel engines. For company car drivers too, the tax benefits have never been clearer.”

Northern Ireland is the only region of the UK which has made an increase in new car sales, an 8% rise in June and a 5.10% rise year-to date.

British nation June-05 June-06 % change Jan-June 2005 Jan-June 2006 % change
England 191,570 183,636 -4.14 1,092,996 1,044,259 -4.46
Northern Ireland 6,513 7,037 8.05 38178 40124 5.10
Scotland 19,548 18,797 -3.84 107966 102755 -4.83
Wales 8,309 8,195 -1.37 48766 45988 -5.70
GRAND TOTAL 225,940 217,665 -3.66 1,287,906 1,233,126 -4.25

Note: Channel Islands & Isle of Man new car Registrations not Included.

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