NEWS: 13/06/2019 - SMTA hand over cheque to RNLI    |   11/06/2019 - SMTA hand over cheque to Beatson Cancer Charity   |   10/06/2019 - Scottish new vehicle registrations down 9.8% in May   |   22/05/2019 - SMTA join CECRA   |   09/05/2019 - April new car registrations grow by .74%!   |              UPCOMING EVENTS: 07/11/2019 - SMTA Annual Dinner 2019   |   


SMTA hand over cheque to RNLI
13 Jun 2019

Official cheque handover by Sandy Burgess, SMTA Chief Executive to the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Portpatrick.  The RNLI is one of SMTA's charity partners.

A big thank you to SMTA member, Glasgow McLaren (Park's Motor Group) for the use of the stunning car!

SMTA hand over cheque to Beatson Cancer Charity
11 Jun 2019

Guests at SMTA Annual Dinner 2018 raised a fantastic amount of money which was split between our charity partners - British Heart Foundation and Beatson Cancer Charity. 

The official cheque presentation for £3,000 was given in Glasgow to Beatson Cancer Charity's Director of Philanthrophy, Ian Murray along with some of his colleagues.

Thank you to SMTA member McLaren Glasgow for use of the 570S for the photo.

Scottish new vehicle registrations down 9.8% in May
10 Jun 2019

The Scottish new car market declined by 9.8% in May with 14,281 units registered, according to the Scottish Motor Trade Association (SMTA) using figures provided by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). As with the rest of the UK these results continue to reflect the level of uncertainty and confusion over the purchase of diesel fuelled vehicles and the on-going activity around the introduction of ultra-low emission zones (ULEZ) across Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee.

This is further exacerbated by the UK Governments unexplainable recent removal of the financial support incentive programme for the purchase of plug-in hybrid vehicles. There can also be no doubt that the underlying economic and political instability around Brexit and the current upheaval in Westminster amongst the two main political forces continues to affect consumer and business confidence alike.

Declines were recorded across fleets and business sales types in the month, declining by 14.5% & 70.3% respectively with registrations by private consumers growing by a most welcome 4.48%. This growth pushed the private registration share of the total market to 54.51% for the month, it was still however not enough to make up the growing shortfall to date.

Petrol registrations accounted for 68.67% of the market with Diesel at 25.24% and alternative fuels delivering 6.09%, fully electric still only represents less than 1% of the total market. Continued anti-diesel sentiment and the forthcoming introduction of ultra-low emission zones continues to affect buyer confidence. However, thanks to significant industry investment in new technology, the latest diesels are safer and cleaner than ever before and will not face charges or restrictions anywhere in Scotland or the UK.

Sandy Burgess, SMTA Chief Executive, said, “Recent confusing massages regarding potential for changes to UK Government policy and continued lack of detail around the soon to be introduced ULEZ areas in Scotland’s cities continue to affect consumer and business confidence, causing drivers to keep hold of their older, more polluting vehicles for longer. New vehciles are safer, cleaner and more advanced than ever and, with sophisticated safety, efficiency and comfort features as well as a host of attractive deals on offer, there has never been a better time to invest in a new car whether for business or on a personal basis.”

22 May 2019

SMTA has decided to take up full membership of CECRA - the voice of European vehicle dealers and repairers.  Their manifesto has common goals with our own ambitions and we intend to play a very proactive role with our membership of CECRA, ensuring that the voice of all our members, both franchised and independent are heard across Europe.

CECRA have four key agenda items:
  1. Monitoring policies affecting the automotoive distribution and repair sector;
  2. Advocating the interest of authorised dealers and repairers before the European regulatory bodies;
  3. Building up alliances with other European stakeholders and
  4. Identifying and sharing new business opportunities, practices and trends.

CECRA represents 336,720 enterprises of automotive trade and repair businesses.

April new car registrations grow by .74%!
09 May 2019

Sandy Burgess SMTA Chief Executive commented “April has returned the Scottish market to a degree of growth with a small increase on last year at 12,562 units versus 12,470 for 2018. This is by no means a turnaround as 7 of our 9 reporting regions have recorded a decline in the month with only 2, Strathclyde and Central recording the growth that has tipped the balance.

Petrol registrations have continued to lead the way, but diesel is showing some signs of recovery with the rate of decline slowing, this is indicative of the need for rural Scots to have access to cheap, reliable and more importantly clean efficient vehicles that are practical for the current fuel landscape.

The alternative fuelled market continues to grow at a significant rate, however we are now seeing clear evidence of the ill-timed and quite remarkable removal of the subsidy on hybrids by the UK Government as the registrations for these vehicles start to slow.

There remains a lot of work to do for the market place to evolve at the rate required to reach the utopia position as per the 2032 ambitions of the Scottish Government!”.

2018 C.A.R Star Awards

The SMTA Annual Dinner and C.A.R. Star Awards event turned out to be yet another fantastic evening! Not only was it a great opportunity to network with other like-minded folk from the Scottish motor trade but it’s also where they celebrated the amazing work their members do for their local community and charities close to their hearts.

We had ten category winners, including our ‘Buttons 4 Ben’ design competition winner and the very first ever Auto Skills Scotland winner! The winners are all shown below.

The Garage (Whitburn) Ltd

Adam Purves Mitsubishi

Allied Vehicles Group

Dicksons of Inverness

John Clark Motor Group

Special Recognition Award

Gerry Facenna

Winner of the first Auto Skills Scotland event

Stuart Cochrane

Design competition winner

New College Lanarkshire


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