Car sales up for the first time in 15 monthsExperts say scrappage scheme is helping sales

06 August 2009

The scrappage scheme has boosted car sales, experts say

The scrappage scheme has boosted sales, experts say

Sales figures for new cars went up by more than 2% last month, official figures show, marking the first uplift in registrations since April 2008.

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More than 157,000 new cars were sold in July, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said – 10% more than it had previously predicted.

Experts believe the government’s , which came into effect in May, is finally beginning to boost sales. Particularly popular with buyers are efficient new superminis like Vauxhall’s Corsa and the .

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SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: ‘The impact of the is clear and we are encouraged by the positive impact it has had, increasing new car registrations for the first time since April 2008.

‘Industry still faces a long road to recovery and we urge government to take action to sustain economic recovery,’ he added.

Despite last month’s uplift, the new-car market is still down almost 550,000 units over the past 12 months. By the end of the year the market is expected to have fallen by 14.4%, and a further 5% drop is expected in 2010.

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