UK car sales in February were up 3% from a year ago, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has reported, as consumer confidence grows.
This now means new car sales have risen for every month over the past two years with sales up by 17.4% over the period.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: “February is typically a quieter month ahead of the March registration plate change, we expect the arrival of the new 14-plate and increasing economic confidence to maintain a steady rate of growth.”
The best-selling car in the month was the Ford Fiesta with 4,415 sales, followed by Vauxhall’s Corsa and Astra models with 3,138 and 2,707 sales respectively.
Last year, the UK overtook France to become Europe’s second-largest car market behind Germany, which saw 2.95 million new car sales.