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shot but what else would you expect with what we have seen retail volume do."Sue Robinson, director of the RMI National Fran­chised Dealers Association, said the increase was "very encouraging". She added: "There are a number of great retail offers currently available to consumers which are tempting people into showrooms and customers are now willing to buy if the offer is right. "Consumers continue to monitor their spending and are looking at ways to reduce their household expenditure. This has resulted in reasonable demand for smaller fuel efficient and easy to main­tain vehicles."At the SMMT, chief executive Paul Everitt said the May performance was "good news for the motor industry and the UK economy". "There is no doubt that vehicle manufacturers and their dealer networks are working hard to deliver value for money to motorists."The consistent climb in new car registrations during the first five months of the year suggests that confidence is returning, despite financial uncer­tainty in the Eurozone," he added.New car marketThe risersPlenty of the big brands in the industry posted growth in May, which all helped contribute to the market uplift. Ford's rise of 7.8% or some 1,700 units to 23,255 registrations was matched by rival Vauxhall which achieved a 7.6% increase to 20,275 units helped by strong registrations of its Corsa, Astra and Insignia.Toyota was up 43% to 6,250 against last year's May, which had been affected by the post-Tsunami supply issues. Nevertheless, it reports extremely strong growth from its Aygo city car, backed by strong finance programmes and a recent refresh, New car registrationsSource: www.smmt.co.ukMay Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business2012 162,288 85,081 75,099 2,108 69,672 87,126 5,4902011 150,431 79,562 69,270 1,599 60,963 83,121 6,347% change 7.9% 6.9% 8.4% 31.8% 14.3% 4.8% -13.5%Mkt share '12 52.4% 46.3% 1.3% 42.9% 53.7% 3.4%Mkt share '11 52.9% 46.0% 1.1% 40.5% 55.3% 4.2%Full year Total Diesel Petrol AFV Private Fleet Business2012 868,166 443,519 412,502 12,145 396,364 435,501 36,3012011 846,513 423,174 411,992 11,347 365,406 435,607 45,500% change 2.6% 4.8% 0.1% 7.0% 8.5% 0.0% -20.2%Mkt share '12 51.1% 47.5% 1.4% 45.7% 50.2% 4.2%Mkt share '11 50.0% 48.7% 1.3% 43.2% 51.5% 5.4%Aygo city car has been a key factor in Toyota's 43% sales increase in MayContinues overContinues

New car marketNewsDealer conferenceUsed caranalysisNewsRecruitmentdigestDealer profileNew car news May Year-to-dateMarque 2012 % market 2011 % market % change 2012 % market 2011 % market % change share share share shareFord 23,255 14.33 21,581 14.35 7.76 126,724 14.60 120,020 14.18 5.59Vauxhall 20,275 12.49 18,839 12.52 7.62 94,598 10.90 103,846 12.27 -8.91Volkswagen 15,511 9.56 15,399 10.24 0.73 78,684 9.06 77,885 9.20 1.03BMW 10,303 6.35 9,883 6.57 4.25 50,212 5.78 48,187 5.69 4.20Audi 10,116 6.23 9,081 6.04 11.40 55,069 6.34 51,220 6.05 7.51Peugeot 8,238 5.08 7,452 4.95 10.55 43,774 5.04 41,796 4.94 4.73Mercedes-Benz 7,282 4.49 6,050 4.02 20.36 39,579 4.56 34,292 4.05 15.42Nissan 6,722 4.14 7,892 5.25 -14.83 43,159 4.97 39,908 4.71 8.15Toyota 6,250 3.85 4,370 2.90 43.02 38,201 4.40 32,648 3.86 17.01Citroën 6,039 3.72 4,953 3.29 21.93 30,949 3.56 29,724 3.51 4.12Kia 5,176 3.19 3,873 2.57 33.64 27,507 3.17 22,184 2.62 23.99Hyundai 4,774 2.94 4,270 2.84 11.80 27,806 3.20 26,225 3.10 6.03Skoda 4,696 2.89 4,484 2.98 4.73 22,613 2.60 19,138 2.26 18.16Fiat 4,073 2.51 3,104 2.06 31.22 20,807 2.40 18,385 2.17 13.17Land Rover 3,860 2.38 2,401 1.60 60.77 22,303 2.57 17,377 2.05 28.35Honda 3,625 2.23 2,835 1.88 27.87 21,785 2.51 22,715 2.68 -4.09Mini 3,576 2.20 4,262 2.83 -16.10 17,463 2.01 18,703 2.21 -6.63Renault 2,814 1.73 4,488 2.98 -37.30 16,476 1.90 29,609 3.50 -44.35Seat 2,669 1.64 2,421 1.61 10.24 15,755 1.81 15,428 1.82 2.12Volvo 2,649 1.63 2,851 1.90 -7.09 14,151 1.63 14,594 1.72 -3.04Mazda 1,901 1.17 2,060 1.37 -7.72 12,957 1.49 14,101 1.67 -8.11Suzuki 1,824 1.12 953 0.63 91.40 10,568 1.22 8,928 1.05 18.37Chevrolet 1,430 0.88 807 0.54 77.20 7,622 0.88 5,641 0.67 35.12Jaguar 1,126 0.69 1,124 0.75 0.18 5,951 0.69 5,674 0.67 4.88Porsche 741 0.46 642 0.43 15.42 3,168 0.36 2,481 0.29 27.69Lexus 695 0.43 471 0.31 47.56 3,938 0.45 3,532 0.42 11.49Alfa Romeo 584 0.36 1,039 0.69 -43.79 3,530 0.41 5,500 0.65 -35.82Mitsubishi 554 0.34 888 0.59 -37.61 3,092 0.36 5,200 0.61 -40.54Smart 309 0.19 411 0.27 -24.82 2,175 0.25 2,254 0.27 -3.50Chrysler 266 0.16 37 0.02 618.92 1,265 0.15 254 0.03 398.03Jeep 157 0.10 200 0.13 -21.50 967 0.11 809 0.10 19.53Bentley 137 0.08 110 0.07 24.55 558 0.06 474 0.06 17.72Subaru 86 0.05 264 0.18 -67.42 1,089 0.13 1,403 0.17 -22.38Abarth 82 0.05 81 0.05 1.23 504 0.06 590 0.07 -14.58SsangYong 74 0.05 0 0.00 0.00 376 0.04 9 0.00 4,077.78Aston Martin 54 0.03 88 0.06 -38.64 422 0.05 505 0.06 -16.44MG 49 0.03 50 0.03 -2.00 511 0.06 79 0.01 546.84Lotus 36 0.02 30 0.02 20.00 79 0.01 200 0.02 -60.50Perodua 36 0.02 46 0.03 -21.74 211 0.02 250 0.03 -15.60Maserati 25 0.02 31 0.02 -19.35 150 0.02 172 0.02 -12.79Infiniti 21 0.01 15 0.01 40.00 268 0.03 153 0.02 75.16Proton 16 0.01 44 0.03 -63.64 138 0.02 255 0.03 -45.88Saab 6 0.00 377 0.25 -98.41 143 0.02 3,244 0.38 -95.59Daihatsu 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00Other British 90 0.06 74 0.05 21.62 428 0.05 483 0.06 -11.39Other imports 86 0.05 100 0.07 -14.00 441 0.05 436 0.05 1.15Total 162,288 150,431 7.88 868,166 846,513 2.56New car registrationsSource: www.smmt.co.uk