Scotland sees ‘remarkable’ jump in car sales

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SCOTLAND has enjoyed a “remarkable” jump in car sales as new models and lower running costs attract buyers into showrooms.

Industry leaders said that the good start to the year had continued into April, with a year-on-year increase of almost 27 per cent during the month.

The rise was well ahead of the 14.8 per cent improvement registered for the UK as a whole and suggests that the recovery in the new car market north of the Border may be gathering pace.

Douglas Robertson, chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, said: “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 increase by 33 per cent over April 2012 confirming that consumer confidence is returning.

“We are currently running at 13.7 per cent ahead of last year and we are sure this reflects the increasing consumer demand.”

He added: “The availability of many new models in our members’ showrooms together with the reduced costs of running a new car has increased footfall and has resulted in more enquiries being converted into sales.”

New car registrations in Scotland totalled 15,369 in April, with Vauxhall’s Corsa hatchback once again the top-selling model.

The figures, compiled by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, were flattered by the fall of Easter, but were still described as robust by motor industry analysts.