“It is extremely encouraging that new car sales continued to improve in June with dealers reporting increased footfall in showrooms” said Sue Robinson, Director of the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) which represents franchised car and commercial vehicle retailers across the UK, commenting on the SMMT’s new car registration figures.

New car sales figures, released today, show month on month sales were up 13.4% compared to June last year. Private registrations increased by 21.3%.

Robinson continued “Consumers continue to be drawn into the showroom by new products and services offered by dealers and manufacturers.

“We also anticipate some pent up demand from consumers who have delayed buying a new car due to economic conditions. However that purchase can no longer wait as their current car ages causing extra expense due to repair and maintenance costs. Many of these customers will look to buy a well priced smaller vehicle that is more economical and has fixed motoring costs.”

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