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Six carmakers saw sales increase in 2008

Six manufacturers bucked the downturn in sales last year by increasing their volumes.

Smart, profiting from the growing green trend, saw the sharpest rise at 43.4%, while Dodge increased 19.4% and Volvo almost 11%.

Jaguar, no doubt helped by XF sales, buoyed up 8.73%, Kia rose 6.65% and Chevrolet saw a fractional increase of 0.09%.

Chevrolet attributed its success to the launch of two new models, the Aveo supermini and the four-door Epica family saloon.

Chevrolet UK managing director Mark Terry said: “The 2008 figures represent a great result for Chevrolet and show that in a challenging economic climate consumers put value for money first.

He added that the new Cruze in 2009 would consolidate Chevrolet’s success.

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