Ford and General Motors hike prices

Despite dropping sales Ford and General Motors plan to increase UK vehicle prices in a response to the falling pound.

Car maker Ford is set to put prices up by 4.7% on average and if the value of the pound against the euro does not improve there will be further increases. Vauxhall, owned by GM, is also set to hike its prices, although it is not yet known by how much.

Business Secretary Lord Peter Mandelson recently announced a Government support package to help the struggling UK car market with up to £2.3 billion worth of funding.

Howard Wheeldon, of BGC Partners, said: "With fields and car parks right across the country piled high with unsold cars, it may come as something of a surprise to hear that both Ford and GM are planning to raise the price of all cars they sell in the UK.

"Of course, announcing a price rise is one thing but putting it into effect quite another. From a customer perspective, there has probably never been a better time to buy a car."

A spokesman for Vauxhall said: "We have to increase our prices. It is essential, it is not desirable, but it is essential."

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