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low running costs and innovative finance. We expect market conditions to remain challenging and hope the Chancellor's Autumn Statement later this month will help to boost economic growth and consumer confidence." Sue Robinson, director of the RMI National Fran­chised Dealers Association (NFDA), echoed his view. She said: "The economy remains very fragile with external factors such as the European debt crisis affecting its stability. "Although last week's news that GDP was up 0.5% gives encouragement, consumer confidence remains low.  "The Chancellor needs to address the lack of consumer confidence in his autumn statement on New car marketNovember 29 by reviewing initiatives that could boost spending."The risersMarket leader Ford and second-placed Vauxhall both improved on their October 2010 performance, the former by 13% to 18,476 units and the latter by 0.2% to 16,008 units. Nissan continued to outperform the market, posting 7.6% growth to 6,385 registrations and inching the Japanese brand ever closer to Peugeot's heels in the year-to-date results.In terms of outright percentage growth year-on-year, the revitalised SsangYong leads the market, but its volume remains miniscule. Land Rover's registrations leapt 63.3% to 3,044 units, with a large boost from Evoque deliveries, while Hyundai and Honda also posted significant increases.The fallersSaab's woes continue, with the Swedish brand's October sales plunging 84% year-on-year to just 60 registrations. That was the worst fall in the market except for Lotus's 93.4% slump - only four cars were registered by the British sports car brand as it continues its network restructure.Many more mainstream brands posted declines, albeit less severe ones. Mazda's October sales were half those of 12 months ago, while Volvo and Mitsubishi also achieved a third fewer registrations. Declines of 40.6% and 17.7% at Aston Martin and Bentley respectively indicate that all is not well in the luxury supercar segment either, further evidenced by Porsche's 9% decline.October Year-to-date 1 Fiesta 7,308 1 Fiesta 84,5062 Corsa 6,300 2 Focus 72,8753 Focus 5,203 3 Corsa 67,2594 Golf 4,400 4 Golf 54,4135 Astra 4,159 5 Astra 53,2016 3 Series 3,664 6 Insignia 41,3097 Polo 3,289 7 Polo 39,9448 Insignia 2,923 8 3 Series 37,3149 Qashqai 2,789 9 Qashqai 33,55210 Jazz 2,472 10 Mini 30,305Top 10 best-sellersSource: www.smmt.co.ukLand Rover EvoquePaul Everitt's views on October's sales figures Click here

New car marketUsed CarConferenceNewsNew carnewsAMRecruitmentIndexNews digestShowroom OCTOBER YEAR-TO-DATEMarque 2011 % market 2010 % market % change 2011 % market 2010 % market % change share share share shareFord 18,476 13.69 16,344 12.43 13.04 233,104 13.81 246,770 13.96 -5.54Vauxhall 16,008 11.86 15,970 12.14 0.24 204,121 12.09 214,593 12.14 -4.88Volkswagen 12,106 8.97 12,814 9.74 -5.53 155,565 9.22 151,025 8.55 3.01BMW 8,985 6.66 10,034 7.63 -10.45 99,712 5.91 92,083 5.21 8.28Audi 7,577 5.61 6,616 5.03 14.53 99,901 5.92 88,355 5.00 13.07Nissan 6,385 4.73 5,935 4.51 7.58 83,569 4.95 77,113 4.36 8.37Renault 6,358 4.71 7,495 5.70 -15.17 59,699 3.54 83,286 4.71 -28.32Peugeot 6,253 4.63 6,295 4.79 -0.67 84,153 4.99 95,529 5.41 -11.91Mercedes-Benz 5,916 4.38 4,967 3.78 19.11 70,987 4.21 64,187 3.63 10.59Honda 4,889 3.62 3,146 2.39 55.40 44,453 2.63 55,421 3.14 -19.79Hyundai 4,877 3.61 3,057 2.32 59.54 53,968 3.20 54,872 3.11 -1.65Toyota 4,655 3.45 5,284 4.02 -11.90 62,773 3.72 77,231 4.37 -18.72Citroën 4,654 3.45 4,965 3.78 -6.26 59,621 3.53 64,183 3.63 -7.11Kia 4,272 3.17 2,755 2.10 55.06 47,525 2.82 50,278 2.85 -5.48Mini 3,302 2.45 3,183 2.42 3.74 41,449 2.46 36,003 2.04 15.13Land Rover 3,044 2.26 1,864 1.42 63.30 31,728 1.88 32,654 1.85 -2.84Skoda 2,944 2.18 2,833 2.15 3.92 39,241 2.32 35,360 2.00 10.98Fiat 2,849 2.11 3,548 2.70 -19.70 37,041 2.19 47,405 2.68 -21.86Seat 2,204 1.63 2,083 1.58 5.81 31,066 1.84 28,235 1.60 10.03Volvo 2,051 1.52 3,202 2.44 -35.95 28,166 1.67 33,112 1.87 -14.94Mazda 1,153 0.85 2,303 1.75 -49.93 28,223 1.67 40,113 2.27 -29.64Chevrolet 794 0.59 719 0.55 10.43 10,867 0.64 11,942 0.68 -9.00Alfa Romeo 786 0.58 843 0.64 -6.76 10,266 0.61 6,949 0.39 47.73Suzuki 786 0.58 926 0.70 -15.12 17,737 1.05 18,627 1.05 -4.78Jaguar 713 0.53 806 0.61 -11.54 12,050 0.71 13,939 0.79 -13.55Lexus 551 0.41 303 0.23 81.85 6,713 0.40 5,629 0.32 19.26Porsche 545 0.40 599 0.46 -9.02 5,141 0.30 5,568 0.32 -7.67Mitsubishi 500 0.37 776 0.59 -35.57 8,883 0.53 10,586 0.60 -16.09Smart 362 0.27 375 0.29 -3.47 4,391 0.26 6,730 0.38 -34.75Subaru 176 0.13 206 0.16 -14.56 2,350 0.14 3,284 0.19 -28.44Jeep 122 0.09 104 0.08 17.31 1,791 0.11 1,718 0.10 4.25Abarth 71 0.05 75 0.06 -5.33 1,156 0.07 1,229 0.07 -5.94Bentley 70 0.05 85 0.06 -17.65 921 0.05 891 0.05 3.37Saab 60 0.04 377 0.29 -84.08 4,106 0.24 4,554 0.26 -9.84Aston Martin 57 0.04 96 0.07 -40.63 909 0.05 941 0.05 -3.40Infiniti 56 0.04 37 0.03 51.35 280 0.02 158 0.01 77.22Perodua 42 0.03 44 0.03 -4.55 491 0.03 684 0.04 -28.22Chrysler 41 0.03 82 0.06 -50.00 839 0.05 1,266 0.07 -33.73SsangYong 39 0.03 10 0.01 290.00 71 0.00 230 0.01 -69.13Maserati 36 0.03 27 0.02 33.33 347 0.02 410 0.02 -15.37Proton 20 0.01 47 0.04 -57.45 395 0.02 686 0.04 -42.42MG 15 0.01 16 0.01 -6.25 242 0.01 266 0.02 -9.02Lotus 4 0.00 61 0.05 -93.44 281 0.02 448 0.03 -37.28Cadillac 0 0.00 1 0.00 -100.00 0 0.00 24 0.00 -100.00Corvette 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00Daihatsu 0 0.00 3 0.00 -100.00 3 0.00 168 0.01 -98.21Daimler 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00Dodge 0 0.00 19 0.01 -100.00 0 0.00 756 0.04 -100.00Hummer 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 4 0.00 -100.00Other imports 81 0.06 88 0.07 -7.95 755 0.04 711 0.04 6.19Other British 59 0.04 77 0.06 -23.38 988 0.06 944 0.05 4.66Total 134,944 131,495 2.62 1,688,038 1,767,154 -4.48New car registrationsSource: www.smmt.co.uk