SALES OF NEW CARS REV UP BY 24% IN SCOTLAND

SALES OF NEW CARS REV UP BY 24% IN SCOTLAND

Sales of new cars revved up by more than 24% in July 2012 compared with the same month last year.

Figures issued by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed a total of 12,036 new registrations this year compared to 9,701 last year.

The UK as a whole experienced an increase of 9.3% with 143,884 units registered last month against 131,634 for July 2011.

The top three most popular manufacturers by sales in Scotland were respectively Vauxhall, Ford and Volkswagen.

Douglas Robertson, chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, commented: “Obviously we are once again very pleased at another improvement on last year’s figures and delighted to see a continuation of the upward trend of the past few months.

“Availability of cars always can distort these figures slightly and the July figures reflect that.  This improved availability together with the excellent range of fuel efficient cars on the market has increased competitiveness and encouraged consumers to return to the market.  We look forward to this continuing”.