Figures by Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have revealed there was a drop in the November new car sales market.
Sales slumped by 4.2% compared to last year. In November 2011, new registrations reached 134,027.
However, the fall was not as much as had been forecast, with around 5,000 more units sold than dealers had expected.
Overall, car sales for the first 11 months of 2011 (1,822,065) were 4.5% lower than the same period last year.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "While the November new car market saw a 4.2% dip, the fuel efficiency of new models broke all records with the average new car achieving 52.5 miles to the gallon.
"Despite the Chancellor delaying the (January 2012) 3p rise in fuel duty, our cost of fuel is still among the highest in Europe, so customers are sure to welcome the 29.3% improvement in new car fuel efficiency over the last 10 years, a demonstration of industry's commitment to delivering good value to motorists."
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