New car sales hit 10 year high in March
Sales of new cars rose at their fastest pace for a decade, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has said.07 April 2014
There were 464,824 new car registrations, a rise of 17.7% on a year earlier.
The sales figure was also the second-highest on record since the introduction of twice-yearly car registrations in 1999.
In the three months to March car sales rose 13.7% to 688,122, the SMMT added.
March is typically the busiest month in the year - accounting for almost a fifth of all car sales annually.
The month also saw the biggest-ever rise in sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles, with sales soaring 63.8% compared with a year earlier, to 8,713.