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SMMT: New car registrations climb in June

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New car registrations rose for the fourth successive month in June, according to new figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Volumes increased to 189,514 units last month, up by 3.5 per cent on the corresponding period of 2012, while registrations over the whole half-year climbed by 2.7 per cent to just over one million.

As well as a rise in sales, the industry also saw a reduction in carbon emissions, driven by technological advances. From January to August, the average new car emitted 134.1 g/km, down by four per cent year on year.

Paul Everitt, chief executive of the SMMT, said: "UK motorists are responding positively to new products.

"The industry has performed better than expected in the first half of the year and we will now need to work hard to sustain growth."

Earlier this month, the trade organisation revealed motorists are keeping their cars longer, with the average vehicle now 7.44 years old - up by two months on a year ago.ADNFCR-2576-ID-801402345-ADNFCR

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