Strong performance across all sectors saw the 17th successive monthly rise in new car sales during July with a 12.7% increase on last year to 162,228 units.
The SMMT has raised its forecast for 2013 new car registrations, predicting sales of 2.2 million units, 8.4% ahead of 2012. The UK continues to buck the general trend for mainland Europe. In Germany and France July sales rose by just 2% and 1%.
“Strong business and consumer confidence in July saw the new car market continue to rise,” said Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive. “Recently, we’ve seen economic indicators point to improving conditions and our raised sales forecast emphasises how positively we view the rest of 2013.”
Registrations of plug-in cars (pure electric and plug-in hybrids) over the first seven months of 2013 showed a stellar rise of 70.7% but still total just 1,885 units for 2013