UK new car registrations climb 3.4%
May's sales and April's 10.4% year-on-year increase followed a year-long slump in registrations, but the SMMT cautioned that the increase reflected a poor performance in the same month in 2017 after a tax rise came into effect rather than a stellar performance.
To put the results fully in context, the market saw a substantial 8.5% decline in May last year.
Private new car registrations saw a 10.1% year-on-year increase in May, significantly bettering the 6.7% average decline of the previous 12 months.
Dual purpose, supermini and small family vehicles were the most popular sectors, while demand for sports cars and plug-in hybrid cars grew 12.7% and 72.7% respectively.
Despite the largely positive news, the overall market remains down in the current year as new registrations have fallen 6.8% as demand is impacted by economic and political uncertainty. ■