21 December 2010

Car Sales 2009: Scotland


The population of Scotland is about 5.2 million and nearly 190,000 passenger cars were sold there in '09. Currently no cars are made in the country although Hillmans were from 1963 until 1981. The list below is of the rank, brands (top 10), sales, Scottish market share and the figure in brackets is the total UK market share as a comparison:

1 GM Vauxhall 28,900 15.5% (11.9%)
2 Ford 26,500 14.3% (15.9%)
3 Volkswagen 13,200 7.1 % (8.1%)
4 Renault 9.500 5.1% (3.2%)
5 Toyota 8,400 4.5% (5.1%)
6 Nissan 8.100 4.4 % (3.9%)
7 Peugeot 8.000 4.3% (5.1%)
8 Honda 7.600 4.1% (3.8%)
9 Fiat 7.500 4.0% (3.1%)
10 BMW 7.100 3.8% (4.9%)

Vauxhall is the top car brand and has 3.6% more share in Scotland than the UK as a whole (Ford is the best seller in the UK overall). Renault does well north of the border too, as does Nissan. One premium brand just made the list but generally not a market big on expensive vehicles. Land Rovers sell quite well for pricier vehicles, about 2,400 for the year and at 22nd place. The smart car is not at all popular with the canny Scots.

What you should know: Getting sales data for Scotland isn't easy.

For other Scotland sales posts just click on the years: 2010201120122013 and 2014.

Source: www.dft.gov.uk

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