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European car sales move up a gear after six years in the slow lane

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European car sales move up a gear after six years in the slow lane

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After six years of declining sales European car purchases are moving up a gear.

Sales have seen a 5.7 percent increase in 2014.

Spain saw a rise of 18 percent and in the UK new car sales hit 9.3 percent.

It appears that many new car buyers are turning to less expensive brands such as Skoda and Dacia.

Government incentive schemes and tax breaks have helped the upward trend, but the industry is cautious as much of the assistance is due to end.

The Spanish government, for example, has repeatedly extended a plan which offers price cuts for low emission transport

The industry as a whole doubts that new car sales will reach pre-financial crisis numbers by the end of the current decade.