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New car registrations rise again


LAST MONTH was another good one for new car sales, with registrations rising 11.3% thanks to bumper private sales.

A total of 149,191 new cars were sold in the UK in November, compared with 134,027 in November last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

The UK new car total for the first 11 months of this year increased 5.4% to more than 1.92 million, making the UK the second largest new car market in the EU behind Germany.

Registrations by private buyers increased by more than a fifth last month.

The November total means that the year-end 2012 figure is likely to be the best since the 2008 total of 2.13 million.

But, to put things in perspective, sales volumes remain around 15% or more below the pre-recession years when annual totals reached 2.4 million or more.

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "This upward trend has been driven by private retail customers.

"The outlook for 2013 remains challenging, but vehicle manufacturers and their dealers will continue to work hard to attract motorists to their showrooms and deliver outstanding value."

These were the best-selling models in November 2012: 1. Ford Focus 2. Ford Fiesta 3. Vauxhall Corsa 4. Volkswagen Golf 5. Vauxhall Astra 6. Nissan Qashqai 7. BMW 3 Series 8. BMW 1 Series 9. Mercedes-Benz C-Class 10. Mini

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