Evening Times

New car sales soar by 57%


NEW car sales soared last month as consumers took advantage of the government's car scrappage scheme.

A total of 158,082 new vehicles were registered in November 2009 – a 57.6% increase on the November 2008 figure, the Society of Motor Manufactur­ers and Traders (SMMT) said.

The “cash for bangers” scrappage scheme accounted for 21.6% of all new sales last month.

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