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Car sales still on the decline

UK car sales down 36.8 percent on the same month last year

It is no surprise in the current economic climate that UK car sales are down. The slump means total sales for the year to date are down 3.9 percent compared to 2007. Europe’s total is even worse with a fall of 7.1 percent. Europe’s new car market fell by 25.3 percent in November with 924,936 sold compared to 1,238,297 in the same month last year.

Some brands remain buoyant. Volkswagen remaining Europe’s best selling brand in November. Audi have also had a relatively good month with only a 1.1 percent dip. Others such as Nissan, Mazda and Jaguar are all enjoying year to date sales higher than this time last year.

So its not all doom and gloom, Ford have had a retail surge with the sale of the Fiesta, nearly 11,500 have been snapped up in the UK in just 77 days since it went on sale on 1st October. The Zetec model is the most popular taking fifty one percent of the sales. A spokesman for Ford said they expect to attract even more sales from business and economy minded drivers next year when the ECOnetic models goes on sale.

The new Ford Fiesta range opens with the Studio at £8,514.26, and extends to the top of the range Titanium priced from £11,841.91. A sporty Zetec S is in the line-up from £12,331.28 and the 76mpg ECOnetic model is priced from £11,594.68.

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