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SsangYong sales up for fourth consecutive month

6th August 2009 Print
SsangYong Rexton R-Line For the fourth month in succession, SsangYong has outperformed the UK car market in July with a sales increase over the same month last year of 167.57 per cent.

According to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), 99 SsangYong passenger cars were registered in July, against 37 in the same month last year. The UK car market showed only a slight increase of 2.43 per cent last month.

The £2,000 scrappage incentive scheme is widely credited with the upturn in the July market, but this has largely benefited the smaller car sectors. Of the 99 SsangYong registrations last month, only onewas the result of a scrappage deal.

Paul Williams, managing director of SsangYong distributor Koelliker UK, said: Our volumes are still low, but we have made steady progress this year with the last four months being very positive. Our retail sales have been especially strong with no reliance on scrappage deals. Our dealers have worked hard for these results.”

Over the first seven months of the year, SsangYong registrations are now 0.65 per cent up on the same period last year – one of only six makes showing an increase in a market still showing an overall decline of nearly 23 per cent.

While SsangYong has seen minimal benefit from the scrappage scheme, the South Korean company’s new, permanent five year/250,000 mile warranty and five years’ free servicing offer has been a much bigger hit with customers. SsangYong is also currently offering five year’s 0% finance on selected Kyron 2.7 SPR, Rexton 2.7 SPR and Rodius 270 S models, meaning a monthly payment as low as £125.

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SsangYong Rexton R-Line