New UK car sales had their strongest September in ten years, boosted by confidence in the economic recovery, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has said.
Sales reached 425,861, up 5.6% on the same time last year, and represented the 31st consecutive monthly increase.
Almost two million new cars have been sold so far this year – 9.1% up on the same period last year.
September is usually a busy month because of the new registration plate.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “September’s strong performance underlined the continuing robustness of the UK new car market, particularly in the context of last September’s bumper volumes.
“Demand for the new 64-plate has been boosted by intensifying confidence in the UK economy, with consumers attracted by a wide range of exciting, increasingly fuel-efficient, new cars.”
However, he warned that the market was coming off the boil.
“In the months since March – which saw an 18% jump in registrations – the growth has shown signs of levelling off as the market starts to find its natural running rate,” Mr Hawes said.
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