New car sales rose 14.8pc in April, boosted by the private sector as the UK car industry continues to drive forward, with the Ford Fiesta once again the best selling model.
New car registrations increased for the 14th month running to 163,357 units, up 14.8pc on the year and the best April since 2008, according to data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling car in April.
The increase in sales was supported by the private sector where sales were up 32.3pc in the month.
Britain's current strength is in stark contrast with car sales in Europe, with a 10pc drop recorded across all European Union countries in the most recent figures for March , marking the 18th consecutive month of declines.
Mike Baunton, interim chief executive at SMMT, said: “The UK continues to perform well ahead of the troubled eurozone as consumer confidence, regular purchase cycles, attractive finance deals and wider market factors continue to make new car buying favourable for motorists.”
Vauxhall Corsa was second best-selling car in April.
The Ford Fiesta was once again the best-selling car for the month, with 8,083 sold in April, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa at 8,084 and the Ford Focus at 5,944, driven by a demand for smaller cars among private buyers.
The mini segment continued to post the best growth, while the supermini remains the largest segment.
SMMT has now increased its forecast for the year to 2.106 million new car sales, up from its previous forecast made in January of 2.057 million.
However, while the UK car industry is picking up pace, the figure is still some 300,000 off the pre-recession market. Position Car Units sold 1 Ford FIesta 8,083 2 Vauxhall Corsa 6,084 3 Ford Focus 5,944 4 VW Golf 5,283 5 Vauxhall Astra 4,244 6 Nissan Qashqai 3,761 7 VW Polo 3,630 8 Fiat 500 3,037 9 Peugeot (Paris: FR0000121501 - news) 208 2,975 10 Audi A3 2,935