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Route 66

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THE UK new car market remained steady in September, rising1.6 per cent,according to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

In total 469,696cars were registered, as buyers purchased the new 66-plate.

The performance marks the highest figures for September on record, while the total number of cars registered so far this year also grew to2,150,495 units- up2.6 per cent comparedwith the same period last year.

It is only the second time that the two million mark has been passed in September since 2004.

Biggest seller was the Ford Focus with 19,769 sales followed by the Vauxhall Corsa at 14,570.

Fleet registrations continued to drive growth, up7.3 per cent,while registrations to private motorists experienced a small decline, down -1.7 per cent to 223,844units in the month.

Meanwhile, diesel registrations rose2.8 per cent as petrols declined-1.1 per cent.

Alternatively fuelled vehicles continued to outpace the market, up32.6 per centagainst the same month last year with a market share of3.4 per cent.

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