February sees strong growth in new car registrations

83,395 new cars were registered in the month, marking the biggest February since 2004

February sees strong growth in new car registrations
Demand from private customers drives increases, up 22.6 per cent, with fleet demand down 1.4 per cent.

New car registrations have grown by 8.4 per cent last month compared with February 2015, according to new figures released by the SMMT.

Demand is up across all fuel types, with diesel and petrol registrations growing by 5.6 per cent and 10.7 per cent respectively, while alternatively fuelled vehicles enjoyed an uplift of 19.9 per cent.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said: “February is typically one of the quietest months of the year, ahead of March’s plate change, but this positive performance is encouraging and puts the sector in a good position for the coming 12 months.”

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