However, Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, was far from unhappy with the result. He said: ‘The total is still one of the highest for many years and increasing domestic and Eurozone business confidence suggests that 2006 will be another good year for the industry.’
The end of year figures show light vans down 5%, medium vans up 5.1% and heavy vans down 1%.
Ford led the field with total sales of 87,042, although its sales slumped by 8%. Volkswagen headed the list of winners with a rise of 10.11% to 20,385, while Vauxhall took second position with 52,481 sales, a rise of 8.15%. LDV sales were up 0.8% at 8,387, while Nissan rose by 9.4% to 15,372.
Among the losers were Mercedes-Benz (down 9.92% to 22,257), Citroen (down 4.4% at 22,456) and Toyota (down 21.7% at 5,454).
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