The row was compounded a week later with the Competition Commission announcing that it was to investigate pre-registration of cars as part of its ongoing New Cars Inquiry. Following publication of October's sales figures, Mitsubishi, which has regularly attacked pre-registration tactics by some of its rival manufacturers, claimed 26.8% of October's 149,614 new car registrations were recorded in the last five days. Mitsubishi said: 'Year-to-date 23.3% of total UK passenger car registrations have taken place in the last five days of their respective months. In a projected UK car market of 2.2 million for 1999, this represents 512,600 pre-registered units, resulting in an actual car market of closer to 1.68 million rather than the 2.2 million forecast.'
09/11/1999 in NEWS