Continued sales slump means keen deals

04 November 2005

  • October sales 10.8% down
  • Manufacturers and dealers hit hard
  • Hundreds of deals on offer

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The continued slump in new car sales last month means plenty of tempting deals for buyers.

Sales this October were 10.8% lower than typical levels recorded over the past six years, with 152,497 new cars sold, according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

So far this year sales are down 5.6% compared with 2004, although there were still 2.1 million registrations in the UK.

Commenting on the figures, chief executive of the SMMT, Christopher Macgowan, said: 'The downturn in consumer spending has hit dealerships across the country. The good news for buyers is that a weak market means strong deals. Manufacturers and dealers will continue to fight hard for every sale.'

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Fiat is suffering more than almost every other manufacturer, with sales plummeting nearly 52% so far this year. Only the defunct Rover brand has suffered a bigger crash.

The manufacturer will be looking to the new Grande Punto supermini to give sales a shot in the arm when it arrives in showrooms early next year.

Ford's Focus is certain to end 2005 as the UK's best-selling model, with 126,567 shifted so far, but overall the company is still down more than 6%.

It's not all doom and gloom, though. Audi and BMW have sold enjoyed rising sales so far this year, even if Mercedes is down 8%, while Honda, Mitsubishi and Skoda have also been far busier than in 2004.

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