Car dealers and others in the motor industry are delighted following the release of figures which show new car registrations have increased in Scotland over the last year.
The data, published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, shows that across Scotland, the number of new cars registered in June 2012 increased by 9.3%, compared to the same month in 2011, to a total of 16,694 units.
The number of new cars sold in Grampian in June 2012 increased, by 24.5%, compared to the same month last year. Car sales in Grampian for the first six months of 2012 were also up, by 8.6%, compared to the same period in 2011.
Alan Innes, who is sales manager at Gillanders Motors, Peterhead, commented: “New car sales are very encouraging at the moment. Both Suzuki and Peugeot have new models coming out. Very expensive cars aren’t doing so well, but people still need cars to get from A to B”.
He added: “Right now, fuel consumption, road tax and insurance are people’s main considerations when buying a car”.
Scott Ward, who is sales manager with Arnold Clark, Peterhead, echoed the positive news, saying: “Business is booming. We’ve had a good turnover of stock recently. The Ford range is doing very well at the moment”.