New car registrations hit 176,820 units in April, an 8 per cent increase on the same month in 2013.
The figures, released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), reveal a 13,463 rise over April of last year, marking the UK’s 26th consecutive month of year-on-year growth.
It means the total number of new cars registered for the year-to-date has risen to 864,942 – an increase of 12.5 per cent on this time in 2013 – leading the SMMT to revise its forecast for the entire year from 2.3 million to over 2.4 million units.
As well as improved consumer confidence, this upward trend has been boosted by the recent introduction of new 14-plate vehicles, which helped new car registrations hit a 10-year high in March.
The statistics also show 2014’s most popular car, the Ford Fiesta, continues to dominate the UK market, with 10,250 models sold in April alone.