Scottish new car sales market goes into reverse

Vauxhall commanded a 12.6% share of the market last month. Picture: Contributed
Vauxhall commanded a 12.6% share of the market last month. Picture: Contributed
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New car registrations north of the Border fell just under 17 per cent in May in what the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) called a “disappointing” but expected outturn.

There were a total of 13,925 new car registrations last month, down from 16,748 in May last year. In the calendar year to date there were 94,046 registrations, compared with 96,043 a year earlier.

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Sandy Burgess, chief executive of the SMTA, said: “There is no doubt that the triple whammy of the pull forward of registrations in March, the cooling of the market and the uncertainty brought about by the general election has created this scenario.

“We expect this trend to continue over the summer months possibly until we reach the September plate change”.

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Vauxhall retained the market leadership with 12.6 per cent of registrations north of the Border.

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