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Scottish car sales accelerate to March high

A total of 43,724 new cars were registered last month in Scotland. Picture: Contributed

A total of 43,724 new cars were registered last month in Scotland. Picture: Contributed

  • by SCOTT REID
 

Scottish car sales hit an all-time March high last month as buyers were wooed by “extremely attractive” finance deals.

Industry leaders said they expected a positive outcome for the remainder of the year, though growth is unlikely to match the pace seen in the first quarter.

A total of 43,724 new cars were registered last month, a rise of almost 15 per cent on a year earlier and surpassing the previous March record of 40,954, set in 2004.

Across the UK as a whole, registrations topped 464,824, up 17.7 per cent year-on-year, as the new 14 plate hit the road.

Douglas Robertson, chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, said: “Whilst we do expect a positive market for the remainder of the year, we would hesitate to project a continuation of the 12.09 per cent increase we have seen in the first quarter.”

The figures, compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, showed that the Vauxhall Corsa, pictured above, was the best selling model in Scotland.

 

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