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September car sales fears

SEPTEMBER new car sales could be up to 80,000 units lower than expected as buyers fail to respond to price cuts and new legislation to reduce self-registration begins to bite. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders claims that September new car sales could total almost 400,000 units - September last year saw 386,999 cars registered - but Glass's Information Services says that X-registration sales got off to a slow start.

It calculates that X-registration car sales after 10 days were about 160,00 units compared with almost 200,000 at the same stage last year. Traditionally month-end figures are double the 10-day tally which would suggest a final September new car sales figure total of 310,000 - 320,000 units.

Adrian Rushmore, Glass's Guide chief car editor, said: 'Cars are still being produced and imported in large numbers, so it remains to be seen how the manufacturers will bring them to market.' Last September Glass's claims that 15 - 25% of sales were self-registrations.

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