Car sales in Scotland beat rest of UK

10 May 2013

The motor trade has been taken by surprise as new car registrations dramatically increased in Scotland. This growth has beaten the rise recorded by the entire UK last month.

There was a 26 per cent rise in new car registrations in Scotland in April – compared to the same period last year, with 2013’s figures numbering 15,369 registrations. The UK as a whole only saw a 14.8 per cent increase in the same month – 163,300.

Douglas Robertson, the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) chief executive, said: “It goes without saying that we are delighted that the good start to 2013 has continued into April though we are a little surprised at the extent of the growth in Scotland. Private demand has increased by 33 per cent over April 2012, confirming that consumer confidence is returning.”

Private car sales have also increased in Scotland, with a rise of over 33 per cent in April – year on year – taking its sales from 6,494 to 8,692.

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