Sales of new cars increased by more than 13% in June to just under 215,000, the 16th consecutive month of growth, new figures show.
The rise was boosted by sales of private cars, which were up by more than 20% last month compared with June last year, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said.
New car registrations for the year passed the 1 million mark in June, increasing by 10% compared with the same period in 2012 to 1,163,623.
Motorists switching to more fuel-efficient cars helped reduce average new car C02 emissions by 3.7% on a year ago.
The SMMT’s interim chief executive, Mike Baunton, said: “Boosted by consistently strong private demand and further growth in June, half-year new car registrations have topped the 1 million mark.
via The Guardian
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