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KENT, ENGLAND, February 09, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Figures for January 2011, indicate a tough trading climate for the Motor Trade during the coming year. The SMMT statistics recorded a fall of 11.5% in new car sales. Increasing unemployment, lack of available finance and increases in VAT and fuel prices are all effecting consumer confidence and personal budgets.
Motor Traders and manufacturers are providing incentives to buyers to help revive flagging sales. However most consumers are taking a cautious approach with job security proving a factor with large numbers of public and private sector workers.
Many Car Dealers are focusing their stock on smaller more efficient cars, to help with rising fuel costs, with prices currently at a record high. The early indicators for this year are that their is a marked downsizing in cars and engine size. Electric cars are also becoming more attractive to buyers as the costs of petrol and diesel continue to increase. However the range of the current crop of electric cars and the number of public charging points needs to increase before this becomes a viable alternative for most road users.
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