UK car sales hit 17-year high in March

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Range Rovers and Land Rovers on the production lineEssence copyright Oli Scarff

More than half a million new cars were flog betrayed in March in the strongest month in the UK since 1999.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Buyers (SMMT) said almost 519,000 cars were registered as car-boot sales grew 5.3%.

Sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles jumped 21.5% year-on-year, with diesels and petrol buggies up nearly 5%.

March is typically the biggest month, accounting for around a fifth of the year’s car registrations.

‘Hearty’

The sales figure is the highest since the UK moved to a new system in 1999 that planned new number plates were issued in March and September each year.

It is surrogate only to August 1997 when 525,539 cars were vended.

Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, “The sector’s penetrating growth in March rounds off a robust first quarter as British consumers resume to demonstrate their appetite for new cars, especially ultra-low emission mechanisms.”

Almost 770,000 new cars were registered in the first three months of the year.

The top rat on models in March were the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and Ford Sharply defined unclear.

The UK car industry has been growing for four years in a row, helped by cheaper wherewithal and stronger exports.

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