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Sales of new cars dipped last month

But purchases of diesel vehicles on the rise

New car sales slowed slightly last month, dipping 2.2 per cent on the May 2006 total, it was announced today.

A total of 185,797 new vehicles were registered in May 2007, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.

Despite the dip last month, new car sales for the year so far, at 1.044 million, are 2.2 per cent up on the January-May 2006 total.

Sales of diesel vehicles so far this year are up 7.2 per cent to 404,658.

Women car buyers

As well as announcing the May new car figures, the SMMT also published the results of a survey of women’s attitude to motoring conducted by Ipsos MORI.

The poll found that both older and younger women place environmental factors towards the bottom of the agenda when buying a car. However, there is more concern about the environmental impact of motoring among the under-40s.

SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said: ‘The ever-frugal motorist has helped limit climate change through reduced tailpipe emissions by purchasing more cars with fuel-efficient diesel engines.’

He went on: ‘The survey indicates that the environment is gradually becoming more of a hot topic for new car buyers – especially with the younger motorist.

‘Hopefully, campaigns will make more motorists aware of both the cost, and climate change advantages, of modern, cleaner engine technology.’

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