New car registrations rose by 10.9 per cent in August, making it the 18th consecutive monthly rise and fifth successive double-digit rise in new car registrations.
Total registrations reached 65,937 units in August, bringing total sales so far in 2013 to 1,391,788.
Popularity of alternatively fuelled vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, increased four-fold in August by 41.4 per cent but their overall share of the market remains relatively low with only a 1.4 per cent share.
Private registrations saw the biggest gain with a 14.7 per cent increase in sales in August, with continuing strong performances from fleet and business sales too.
"UK new car registrations have now risen consecutively for a year and a half. Private and fleet buyers are clearly capitalising on attractive deals and new technologies against a backdrop of increasing economic confidence," said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. "Ahead of the September plate-change, August always has far fewer registrations, but the 10.9% rise this month bodes well for the new 63-plate."
The top ten sellers in August continued to be dominated by Ford and Vauxhall models, with the Ford Fiesta topping the pile once again with 3,289 sales and the Astra following with 2,428 registrations. Other top ten finishers included the VW Golf and Polo, Nissan Qashqai, Vauxhall Insignia and Corsa, as well as the Ford Focus.
To date, the Ford Fiesta remains the most popular car in the UK in 2013 with a dominant 75,418 registrations over the second placed Ford Focus with 57,129 sales.