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Car sales rise 11.5% in March as showrooms reopen

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Showrooms are reopening

Sales of new cars rose by 11.5% last month compared to March 2020, providing the sector with some encouragement as showrooms reopen.

Figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) show that 283,964 cars were registered in March compared to 254,684 in the same month last year.

The SMMT said dealers have adapted to online and click-and-collect procedures to maintain sales through the lockdown.

However, last month’s total was 38% down on the 2019 volume of 458,000 which is regarded as a truer comparison.

The Vauxhall Corsa remains the best selling car while electric Tesla Model 3 is now fourth in the list.

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