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ARNOLD CLARK reckon the UK car market is going from strength-to-strength after reports that European sales are booming again.

As Europe's biggest motor show kicked off this week in Frankfurt, it was revealed that sales are up 11.5 per cent across the continent.

That now means 24 months of consecutive sales growth for Europe underlining that the financial crisis is certainly a distant memory.

Although Scottish sales have levelled off in recent months, car firms north of the border are happy with the continued increases in sales.

The Scottish Motor Trade Association figures show that the number of new vehicle registrations hit 6,687 in August, 237 more than the same period last year – up by 3.7 per cent.

Vauxhall have overhauled Ford to be top car firm, 12.67 per cent of buyers picked a new Vauxhall car this year while 11.99 per cent chose a Ford.

The SMTA data shows that the Vauxhall Corsa has taken over from the Ford Fiesta as the most popular new car to buy in Scotland, with 380 car sales in August this year, compared 334 Ford Fiestas.

Scott Willis, Arnold Clark Group Sales Director, said: “With the release of these figures we feel confident about the growth of the automotive industry as a whole. We have had a fantastic year in terms of sales and we hope to continue this into 2016 as we grow as a business.

“Naturally the Corsa and Fiesta are still our strongest selling models; however franchises like Renault and Citroën have also been performing extremely well.

John Clark, Arnold Clark Group Franchise Director, added: “Our commitment to unrivalled customer value and satisfaction has helped us maintain a strong customer base. As we develop our digital presence, we hope to strengthen our offering to customers through tools like the CitNow videos.

"These allow customers real-time access to any of our cars throughout the UK. We want to remove barriers and create a seamless and enriching customer journey with our dealerships."

Sandy Burgess, chief executive of the SMTA, said. "These results maintains Scotland’s year on year growth at 1.12 per cent which, whilst being significantly behind the rest of the UK which recorded an outstanding 7.27 per cent for the month, it is a testimony to our dealers who have been very active in creating strong incentives to entice buyers into their showrooms.

“As the first of the 65 plate cars are hitting the roads across the country there is a renewed vibrancy in dealer promotions to ensure that the Scottish motoring consumer is able to access these remarkable new products and deals.

"I would expect this will create the platform for a strong September performance and month end result.”