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New car sales up 3.1% yr/yr in first half

Hungarian car dealerships sold 97,609 new cars and sports utility vehicles in the first half of 2006, 3.1% more than in the same period a year earlier, according to figures compiled by the Hungarian Association of Vehicle Importers (MGE).

Suzuki retained its position as market leader, but the number of passenger vehicles it sold fell 8.8% to 18,717 in the first half compared to the same period a year earlier. Suzuki's market share fell to 19.2% from 21.7% during the same period.
Opel took the number two spot on the market, selling 10,657 cars, 3.7% more than a year earlier, although its market share remained unchanged at 10.9%.
Ford was in third place, selling 9,270 cars, a marked 27.9% increase compared to the same period a year earlier. Ford's market share increased from 7.7% to 9.5%. Ford was followed by Skoda (8,493 cars sold), Volkswagen (8,168) and Toyota (6,501).
Dealerships sold 10,786 light commercial vehicles (LCV) under 3.5 tonnes in the first half of 2006, 17.7% more than in the same period a year earlier. Ford sold 2,279 LCVs, 27.7% more than a year earlier. Its market share increased from 9.5% to 21.1%. Dealerships sold 3,0336 commercial vehicles over 3.5 tonnes in the first half of 2006, 2.1% more than a year earlier. Within this group, sales of vehicles over 15 tonnes, rose 4.7% to 1,739. DAF sold 280 trucks, Renault sold 278 and Volvo sold 275.
Bus sales came to 154 in H1 2006, 55.6% more than in the same period a year earlier. Volvo sold 89 buses and Man sold 47.