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Car sales down 8% in Q1-Q2

The number of new cars sold decreased by 8% to 94,301 in Q1-Q2 of this year, compared to the same period of 2004. Sales of pickups and vans declined by 23% to 8,220. Analysts expect total car sales this year to reach only 180,000 and sale of small transporters to be around 18,000. In June, over 20,000 cars were bought, more than in last June, but this could not prevent the total figures for the first six months from slumping. Suzuki is still leader among car manufacturers, with the Ignis being the most popular model and the Swift the second.