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Scottish new car sales lag behind UK

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New car sales in Scotland failed to keep pace with the UK as a whole last month, according to industry data.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 43,448 vehicles were registered in September, down from 43,554 a year ago.

That compared with a year-on-year rise of 1.6% for the UK.

The Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) said many dealerships had experienced a "very quiet" period in the middle of the month.

The Grampian market saw one of the strongest performances north of the border, recording an increase of more than 2.1% on last year's results.

There was also "strong activity" in Scotland's vehicle retail sector.

SMMT attributed the rise in UK sales in part to strong purchases from fleet buyers and the new 66 number plate.

Top sellers in Scotland this year

  • Vauxhall Corsa
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Volkswagen Polo
  • Ford Focus
  • Vauxhall Astra

Source: Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

SMTA chief executive Sandy Burgess said: "The attraction of the latest 66 number plate, combined with a fantastic range of new exciting products featuring the very latest technology, has certainly helped draw buyers into showrooms and many are taking full advantage of the attractive deals and low interest financing options on offer."

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