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■ RICULTURAL tractor registrations in the first 11 months of this ir reached 24,000, already 4,000 above last year's total, and by end of 1982 it is expected that 26,000 tractors will have been d in the UK.
lut not everyone sees these ures as pointing to a boom in 1983. Tony Thomas, rthern regional sales manager rh Marshall Tractors, believes it tractor sales this year have iched a "false ceiling as a ret of heavy discounting and aner than usual competition." Vlarshall of Gainsborough, icolnshire, is the company which has taken over the Leyland tractor business. It was announced at last year's Smithfield Show that negotations were taking place between Leyland and Marshall but it was only in February this year that all the legal niceties were completed.
Now 10 machines a week are rolling off the production line and 45 to 50 a week is the target for early in 1983. Charles Nickerson, Marshall's chairman, spoke with confidence of having "firm orders equivalent to nearly three months' production."
The only major component still bought in from Leyland is the 4/98 engine and while no major design changes have been made since the days when the tractors had Leyland badges, numerous improvements have been made.