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New car marketNewsNewsdigestShowroomAMAwardsNew carnewsAM IndexRecruitmentsupply is expected to be more restricted.That said, Black Book Plus has taken a positive outlook for the beginning of 2012 due to the expected restriction of three-year-old supply. This is, of course, dependent on no dramatic reductions in demand. But the lesson of last year was that relative lack of supply will make up for the depressing effect of poor consumer confidence and we expect that balance to continue. Research indicates that the relative restrictions on stock seen during 2011 will grow in the early part of 2012. This is based on the fact that the slump in new registrations really began during the first quarter of 2009 with a 30% reduction on the same quarter in 2008. This was sparked largely as the business car sector extended contracts and reduced the number of new cars registered on to their fleets. This trend would continue throughout the year and therefore feeds through into a shortage of three-year-old cars returning in 2012. Clearly there will be other external economic factors that will play a part in the used car market-place. The overall effect of the Euro-zone crisis and the current austerity measures that are in place could all dampen retail activity. As we have seen before, however, there is not always an obvious corre-lation between the wider economy and performance in the used car market. What tends to happen is that different sectors are positively or negatively impacted by changes in economic circumstances rather than a single overall movement.'Relative lack of supply will make up for poor consumer confidence'????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Dacia LodgyRenault's sub-brand Dacia has revealed details of an MPV, named Lodgy. With UK Renault dealers due to begin sales of Dacias from 2013, with the Sandero and Duster, they may welcome the Lodgy soon afterwards if Renault considers there is sufficient market demand for a right-hand drive model.Source CAR January 5Read more....Peugeot 107 faceliftPeugeot has shown its newly-facelifted 107 city car at the Brussels Motor Show. It's the first major change to the Franco-Japanese city triplets. The 107 was jointly developed with Toyota and Citroën. Peugeot sells around 16,000 in a typical year.Source CAR January 5Read more....Citroën C1 faceliftCitroën has revealed the latest version of its popular city car, the C1, which now comes with new looks and is claimed to offer lower running costs. The new model is fitted with a three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 68bhp.Source Parkers January 5 Read more....New car newsShowroomLexus LF-LC 2+2 sports coupé conceptLexus has revealed the first glimpse at its LF-LC 2+2 sports coupé concept at the Detroit Motor Show. The new model marks a further step in the development of Lexus's design direction.Source Car January 5 Read more....Volkswagen CC VW has announced UK pricing for the new CC, which is now available to order. The four-door coupé, which drops the Passat badge of the old model, will cost £24,200 for the entry-level 1.8-litre TSI 160 PS, rising to £30,100 for the range-topping GT 2.0-litre TDI 170 PS DSG with BlueMotion Technology.Source AM January 5 Read more....Mercedes-Benz SLMercedes has revealed the first details about its new SL which will go on sale in the UK in July next year. The German brand claims the new model is true to its 'sport light­weight' SL moniker, being up to 140kg lighter than its predecessor.Source AM December 15Read more....