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Scottish market slides as outlook looks gloomy

New car registrations in Scotland fell from 201,807 last year from a total of 215,171 in 2004.

In December 2005 registrations totalled 11,542 units, a tiny fall of 0.04% from 11,547 the same month in 2004.

Douglas Robertson, chief executive of the Scottish Motor Trade Association, said: “After the decreases of the past few months a strong December has boosted the new car market both in Scotland and the UK. With the total exceeding 200,000 units for the fourth consecutive year we are satisfied that the outlook for the new car market remains positive.

“Having said that we do not anticipate 2006 being anything but a hard year for our members. The economy in 2005 slowed down and affected sales; 2006 will be equally as hard. Consumers, however, will benefit from the vast range of new and revamped models to choose from in 2006 and we remain confident they will continue to support the new car market in large numbers.”

Top selling manufacturers in Scotland in 2005

Ford: 24,388 units
Renault: 23,744
Vauxhall: 22,480
Volkswagen: 14,650
Peugeot: 10,806
Honda: 10,804
Toyota: 9,762
Citroen: 8,668
Nissan: 6,874
BMW: 6,030

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