NEW CAR registrations in September dropped 8.8% according to the latest SMMT figures. Registrations in the month totaled 353,494. This figures includes 187,791 private vehicles(down 1.9%), 134, 478 fleet cars (down 13.8%) and 31,225 business vehicles (down 21.1%). Registrations for the first 9-months of the year now stand at 1,797,755. That's a 1.2% drop over last year's levels, but the Society says it is still expecting to reach 2.223m units by the year end.