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Demand for passenger cars still falling

POLICE registered fewer passenger cars and small utility vehicles in June, continuing a trend of falling auto sales this year, the Automotive Industry Association (ZAP) told the SITA newswire.

Police registered 7,644 passenger cars and small utility vehicles (up to 3.5 tons) this June, 2.54 percent fewer than in June last year.

The number for the first half of 2007 is up by 2.05 percent from the same period in 2006, but that is because of an almost 30-percent increase in February, Mária Nováková of ZAP told SITA.

"The other five months of this year, June included, continued the downward trend in sales of passenger cars and small utility vehicles," she said.

In the first six months of 2007, 39,684 new passenger cars and small utility vehicles were registered in Slovakia.

Škoda again registered the biggest share on the Slovak automotive market during the first half of 2007, with 22.81 percent. Citroen was second with a 7.18-percent market share, and Peugeot was third with 7.13 percent.

Volkswagen, with a 7.05-percent market share, came fourth, followed by Suzuki with 5.41 percent. Then came Renault with 5.19 percent, Ford with 4.94 percent, Kia with 4.92, Opel with 4.71, and Hyundai with 4.34 percent.

There were 606 vehicles registered in the category of trucks from 3.5 to 12 tons from January to the end of June, up 48.16 percent from that period last year.

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