New car registrations in Scotland in October 2009 totalled 14,807 units.
This shows an increase of 45.31% in comparison with October 2008 when 10,190 new cars were registered.
The overall UK figure shows an increase of 31.62% with 168,942 units registered as against 128,352 for October last year.
Douglas Robertson, chief executive of the SMTA, said: Again we are delighted at this increase, and there can now be no doubt the Government’s scrappage scheme has resulted in many new sales.
"We are now only a few hundred cars behind last year’s figures and would anticipate a small increase by the end of the year.
“It is our feeling that this year’s increase will see new car sales at the same level in the early part of 2010 as we move into recovery.”
* To see figures on Scottish new car registrations click here.