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2010 set to be a better year than was previously expected, according to the SMMT

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has increased its forecasts for new car registrations in the UK in 2010 after a better-than-expected first quarter.

The SMMT predicted in January that 1.817 million new cars would be registered in the UK in 2010, which would be an 8.9 per cent drop on last year's registrations. However, a positive first quarter has led the SMMT to improve its forecast by 107,000 units to 1.924m, which would be a 3.6 per cent drop on 2009.

SMMT chief excecutive Paul Everitt said the industry remained cautiously optimistic, despite the scrappage incentive scheme having come to an end in March.

"SMMT’s latest forecasts reflect the better than expected results in the first quarter and improving consumer confidence," he said.

"The coming months will be challenging now that the scrappage scheme has ended, but industry remains cautiously optimistic. Sustaining the economic recovery and improving access to more and better-priced finance for businesses and consumers should be the priority for any new government."

The SMMT will next revise its new car registration forecast in July.

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Los Angeles 7 May 2010

Re: New car sales 'improving'

Perhaps the UK should emulate the French system by keeping a scrappage system in place permanently. That way encourages our indigenous car makers to stay here, not manufacture abroad, and to develop their projects to the full because they have the investment to do so out of sales.