New car sales slumped in November

The new-car market declined for the fifth successive month in November, figures have shown.

A report by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) found that registrations dropped year-on-year by 11.5% in the month to 139,875 units.

However, the fall in volumes in the month was not as steep as had been anticipated, with the SMMT predicting that total sales for 2010 will exceed two million.

According to the report, the year-to-date sales reached 1,907,029 units - an annual growth of 3.4%.

The SMMT said the fall in November reflects a market without the Government's Scrappage Incentive Scheme, which had boosted sales in the second half of last year.

The market in November 2009 included nearly 35,000 new cars reportedly bought through the scrappage scheme, equivalent to more than 22% of the total then.

According to the SMMT, registrations in 2011 are expected to fall by nearly 5% to 1.93 million units.

Diesel cars accounted for a 53% share of the market in November, while registrations of alternatively fuelled cars rose by 83.5% to make up for a 1.3% share.

The top-selling models in the month were the Ford Fiesta, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

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