Sales of new vehicles rose for the tenth consecutive month in April, figures have revealed, prompting renewed confidence in the sector and a host of new car insurance customers on to the market.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said 148,793 vehicles were registered last month, an 11.5 per cent rise on the figure recorded this time last year.
Just 8 per cent of the number was down to the now-defunct car-scrappage scheme, SMMT officials added, heaping more good news on the industry.
The positive outlook prompted the organisation to revise upwards its year-end total registration figure for 2010 to 1.92 million.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "As our new government establishes itself, the priority must be sustaining and strengthening the economic recovery with particular focus on encouraging the availability of more and better-priced finance for businesses and consumers.
"April was another good month for the UK motor industry with private buyers responding positively, despite the end of the scrappage scheme. However, there are still difficult months ahead."