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This week I am visiting Scotland in the UK, so what better opportunity to update you on this territory and give you some insights from within… Coincidentally (rare) sales figures for the first 7 months of 2012 in Scotland have been published. Handy! But first, lets have a look at July alone, with the Scottish new car market up an impressive 24% year-on-year to 12,036 registrations, compared to ‘just’ +9% in the whole of the UK.
My first observations in the streets of Edinburgh showed a strikingly high occurrence of Vauxhall Astra hatchbacks, Vauxhall Insignia station wagons and Nissan Qashqais, with the Peugeot 208 seemingly off to a great start as featured in the picture above. Official sales figures for Scotland somehow confirm these first observations.
In July, the best-selling model in Scotland is a surprise: it’s the Ford Fiesta, passing the traditional leader the Vauxhall Corsa to align with the UK ranking. The Vauxhall Astra takes the third spot followed by the Renault Clio and the Fiat Punto, extremely robust this month at #5 whereas it has failed to rank within the Top 10 in 2011 and 2012 so far.
Over the first 7 months of 2012, an estimated 103,485 new cars found a buyer and the Vauxhall Corsa keeps the pole position it held over the Full Year 2011 with 6,986 sales and an improved 6.8% market share. However the Ford Fiesta is catching up at 5.8% thanks to 6,049 units sold, up from 4.5% in 2011.
The Vauxhall Astra is up one spot on 2011 to land on the podium at #3 with 4,266 sales and 4.1%. Notice also the VW Polo up 3 ranks to #5, the Nissan Qashqai down one to a still very respectable #6 and the Vauxhall Insignia down a disappointing 4 to #10 while the Toyota Yaris makes its appearance in the Top 10 at #9.
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Full 7 months 2012 Top 10 Ranking Table below.