An average 1,600 cars vehicles sold everything month last year, the motor industry is optimistic that this year, there will be higher sales.

The total units sold last year reached 20,000 which is the highest mark reached for over 20 years.

New vehicles sold were 18,509 as against the previous year’s 1761 units.

The highest demand was that of commercial vehicles especially buses and trucks. Pickups also did very well during the year.

“There is a high demand for commercial vehicles from private sector and public infrastructure works,” report from the industry said.

Commercial manufacturers such as CMC saw a surge of 3.7 per cent in their sales to 1,664 units.