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Sales up in August

NEW-VEHICLE registrations displayed an upward trend in August, with the total market ahead by 17 per cent for the month. There were 4720 passenger cars sold, a seven per cent increase over August 2009. Year to date, the new-car market is 13.7 per cent ahead of last year's dire results. In the commercial arena, 1717 units were sold, again well up on the meagre total of 1076 posted last year.

'This volume could be even higher, but members are being constrained by a lack of stock in some areas,' said Mr Kerr, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association.

In the overall market, Toyota was in top spot with 1104 registrations, followed by Ford with 790 and Mazda with 604. These placings were repeated in the passenger-car segment, where Toyota sold 686 vehicles, Ford 516 and Mazda 480. In commercial-vehicle registrations, Toyota led with 418, Ford was second on 274 and Nissan third on 242. PC

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