Scottish car buyers deterred by independence referendum?

A Scottish football fan wins a Vauxhall Adam at WembleyScotland went to the polling places on 18 September to vote in the national independence referendum – and it seems the headline-grabbing drama of the final few weeks’ campaigning may have stopped some Scots buying new cars.

New car registration data published by the SMMT shows a slowdown in the rise of new cars registered in Scotland last month compared to both the previous month and the yearly figures to date.

Including September 2014, new car registrations in Scotland have been growing by 7.2%. However, in September, they grew by just 1.1% – and only 485 more new cars were delivered last month than the previous year.

The Scottish figures contrast to England, where new car registrations grew 6.3% last month, and Northern Ireland where they grew 5.2%. Wales also grew almost three times as fast as Scotland.

Scotland in September 2014: Vauxhall Corsa no.1

41,852 new cars were registered in Scotland last month, with the Vauxhall Corsa actually beating the Ford Fiesta to first place in the rankings – in contrast to the trend that’s been the norm in England for years. The Vauxhall Astra came out in third with the Ford Focus well back in eighth place.

Scots also gave the Vauxhall Mokka small crossover an entry in the top 10 best-sellers list, both in September and year to date: north of the border, Vauxhall certainly seems to prove more popular than in other areas of the country.

Top 10 best selling cars in Scotland – year to date 2014

  1. Ford Fiesta
  2. Vauxhall Corsa
  3. Ford Focus
  4. Vauxhall Astra
  5. Renault Clio
  6. Fiat 500
  7. Volkswagen Golf
  8. Volkswagen Polo
  9. Nissan Qashqai
  10. Vauxhall Mokka
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