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Robinson added: "While the economy remains fragile and the Euro crisis continues to affect stability, consumer confidence remains very low. Many consumers are finding their finances constrained due to inflationary pressure on household bills and travel costs. Those who do have money to spare are putting off larger purchases until there are signs that the economy is starting on a road to recovery."We would urge the Government to take meas­ures now to secure the UK economy and to bring back consumer confidence."She said the NFDA is meeting with Danny Alex­ander, chief secretary to the Treasury, this month to request that action is swiftly taken to bring in meas­ures to support growth, and bring back confidence to consumers and business alike. At the SMMT, chief executive Paul Everitt looked for positivity: "Weak economic growth will make trading conditions tough in 2012, but record numbers of new and updated models, significantly improved fuel efficiency and exciting new technologies will New car markethelp to encourage consumers into showrooms. "Business and consumer confidence will be the key to a successful year, so it will be important that government delivers on its growth strategy and helps to resolve instability in the Euro Zone."2011 risers and fallersWhile Ford rounded off its centenary year with yet another volume victory at the top of the table, both Vauxhall and the Blue Oval saw drops of 5% in total 2011 volumes.The battle in the German premium segment is still raging with BMW beating Audi with volume and market share in the year as a whole. The brands now hold fourth and fifth place as the UK's most popular with BMW selling 116,642 units and Audi selling 113,797 units. Audi also posted growth of almost 14% compared to BMW's 6.6% in 2011 so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top in 2012.Mercedes-Benz is behind its German rivals in eighth place with 81,873 units sold in total for 2011, but the brand is hopeful a fresh injection of smaller models, including its new A-Class, will help it to get back into the fight. Things are moving in the right direction with 9.2% growth in 2011 for the German brand.? Infiniti 64.66%? Lexus 33.33%? Alfa Romeo 30.89%? MG 27.66%? Mini 14.23%? Audi 13.99%? Seat 9.58%? Skoda 9.27%? Mercedes-Benz 9.20%? Nissan 7.35%? Daihatsu -98.24% ? Lotus -42.98% ? Proton -41.85% ? Smart -34.07% ? Subaru -32.41% ? Mazda -31.31%? Saab -29.84%? Perodua -28.65%? Renault -28.41%? Fiat -21.62%BIGGEST GROWERS 2011BIGGEST FALLERS 2011Nissan's up-market brand Infiniti has shown the biggest growth in new car sales in 2011

New car marketNewsNewsdigestNew carShowroomAM AwardsnewsAMIndexRecruitment DECEMBER YEAR-TO-DATEMarque 2011 % market 2010 % market % change 2011 % market 2010 % market % change share share share shareVauxhall 15,782 13.24 16,548 13.36 -4.63 234,710 12.09 247,265 12.18 -5.08Ford 14,689 12.32 13,953 11.27 5.27 265,894 13.70 280,364 13.81 -5.16Volkswagen 10,549 8.85 10,828 8.75 -2.58 179,290 9.24 174,655 8.60 2.65BMW 7,535 6.32 7,373 5.95 2.20 116,642 6.01 109,418 5.39 6.60Audi 6,310 5.29 5,075 4.10 24.33 113,797 5.86 99,828 4.92 13.99Nissan 5,789 4.86 6,403 5.17 -9.59 96,269 4.96 89,681 4.42 7.35Toyota 5,495 4.61 4,853 3.92 13.23 73,589 3.79 87,396 4.30 -15.80Hyundai 5,422 4.55 3,108 2.51 74.45 62,900 3.24 61,752 3.04 1.86Mercedes-Benz 4,815 4.04 5,324 4.30 -9.56 81,873 4.22 74,977 3.69 9.20Peugeot 4,643 3.90 6,178 4.99 -24.85 94,989 4.89 109,324 5.38 -13.11Renault 4,548 3.82 6,007 4.85 -24.29 68,449 3.53 95,608 4.71 -28.41Mini 4,278 3.59 4,774 3.86 -10.39 50,138 2.58 43,894 2.16 14.23Citroën 4,030 3.38 3,556 2.87 13.33 68,464 3.53 73,317 3.61 -6.62Skoda 2,878 2.41 2,895 2.34 -0.59 45,061 2.32 41,240 2.03 9.27Land Rover 2,747 2.30 2,236 1.81 22.85 37,637 1.94 37,272 1.84 0.98Kia 2,509 2.11 2,464 1.99 1.83 53,615 2.76 56,114 2.76 -4.45Seat 2,485 2.08 2,039 1.65 21.87 36,089 1.86 32,935 1.62 9.58Honda 2,261 1.90 3,828 3.09 -40.94 50,577 2.61 63,652 3.13 -20.54Fiat 2,203 1.85 2,839 2.29 -22.40 41,612 2.14 53,092 2.61 -21.62Volvo 2,001 1.68 2,332 1.88 -14.19 32,657 1.68 37,435 1.84 -12.76Mazda 1,635 1.37 2,443 1.97 -33.07 31,219 1.61 45,449 2.24 -31.31Suzuki 1,222 1.03 1,590 1.28 -23.14 20,295 1.05 21,484 1.06 -5.53Jaguar 813 0.68 1,092 0.88 -25.55 13,787 0.71 16,417 0.81 -16.02Porsche 718 0.60 613 0.50 17.13 6,382 0.33 6,784 0.33 -5.93Chevrolet 705 0.59 894 0.72 -21.14 12,524 0.65 13,678 0.67 -8.44Lexus 683 0.57 218 0.18 213.30 8,269 0.43 6,202 0.31 33.33Alfa Romeo 608 0.51 1,077 0.87 -43.55 11,563 0.60 8,834 0.43 30.89Mitsubishi 469 0.39 855 0.69 -45.15 9,843 0.51 12,209 0.60 -19.38Smart 335 0.28 443 0.36 -24.38 5,044 0.26 7,651 0.38 -34.07Jeep 213 0.18 186 0.15 14.52 2,146 0.11 2,078 0.10 3.27Subaru 141 0.12 424 0.34 -66.75 2,634 0.14 3,897 0.19 -32.41MG 111 0.09 10 0.01 1,010.00 360 0.02 282 0.01 27.66Chrysler 109 0.09 91 0.07 19.78 1,182 0.06 1,392 0.07 -15.09Abarth 78 0.07 87 0.07 -10.34 1,291 0.07 1,425 0.07 -9.40Aston Martin 53 0.04 71 0.06 -25.35 1,024 0.05 1,080 0.05 -5.19Bentley 51 0.04 48 0.04 6.25 1,037 0.05 993 0.05 4.43SsangYong 51 0.04 3 0.00 1,600.00 194 0.01 242 0.01 -19.83Infiniti 34 0.03 44 0.04 -22.73 382 0.02 232 0.01 64.66Perodua 21 0.02 37 0.03 -43.24 543 0.03 761 0.04 -28.65Proton 21 0.02 38 0.03 -44.74 446 0.02 767 0.04 -41.85Maserati 18 0.02 26 0.02 -30.77 388 0.02 456 0.02 -14.91Lotus 10 0.01 51 0.04 -80.39 329 0.02 577 0.03 -42.98Saab 8 0.01 750 0.61 -98.93 4,138 0.21 5,898 0.29 -29.84Cadillac 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 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 0 0.00 0.00 3 0.00 170 0.01 -98.24Daimler 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 2 0.00 -100.00Dodge 0 0.00 23 0.02 -100.00 0 0.00 789 0.04 -100.00Hummer 0 0.00 0 0.00 0.00 0 0.00 4 0.00 -100.00Other British 61 0.05 55 0.04 10.91 1,115 0.06 1,050 0.05 6.19Other imports 51 0.04 35 0.03 45.71 863 0.04 798 0.04 8.15Total 119,188 123,817 -3.74 1,941,253 2,030,846 -4.41New car registrationsSource: www.smmt.co.uk