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New car sales in fast lane

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show that new vehicle sales rose 8.6% in September to a record high of 462,517. It was the 43rd consecutive month of growth in the market, despite concerns about the impact of Volkswagen's emissions scandal. The top selling motors were the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa. The SMMT said demand was fuelled by 'attractive, affordable deals', whilst diesel accounted for one in two cars registered. Hybrid vehicles and electric cars enjoyed a 21.7% increase, albeit from a relatively low base. The SMMT figures also showed that new car registration for diesel cars dropped 3% in September from the previous month, although they were 4.1% higher than the same period last year.

 

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