The new car market is continuing its upward trend with yet another month of growth, reflecting increasing consumer confidence.
"2013 ended on a high, so it is encouraging to see the January market start the year strongly, rising 7.6 per cent year-on-year," said Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which collates the UK figures.
A total of 154,562 cars were registered last month, compared to 143,643 in January 2014.
Notably, the number of alternatively fuelled vehicles registered, including electric cars, rose by 25 per cent year-on-year – from 2287 cars to 2859. Alternatively fuelled vehicles account for less than two per cent of the total new car market, compared to over 51 per cent for diesel powered vehicles and almost 48 per cent for petrol.
"As fuel economy is a major consideration for many motorists, ongoing investment by vehicle manufacturers in innovative, fuel-efficient technology is a key factor in the growing demand for new cars," said Hawes.