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UK new car registrations 'up 13% in June'

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The UK new car market grew for the 16th consecutive month in June, with registrations up 13.4 per cent for a total of 214,957 units sold.

According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), some 1,163,623 new cars were registered in the UK in the first half of 2013. This constitutes a ten per cent increase on the preceding six-month period.

Most of the new demand came from private buyers, to whom sales went up by over a fifth (21.3 per cent) in June.

Furthermore, motorists seemed to be increasingly choosing vehicles based on their green credentials. For the first half of the year, the CO2 emissions of new cars sold in the UK averaged 129.1 g/km - down 3.7 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Mike Baunton, SMMT interim chief executive, said: "[June's growth is] a clear indicator that manufacturers and dealers are delivering desirable new products with tangible cost savings from the latest fuel-efficient technology, coupled to a wide variety of competitive finance offers."ADNFCR-2576-ID-801608676-ADNFCR

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