Latest figures from the SMMT show the UK car market is on track to hit its target of 2.25 million vehicle registrations in 2013.
The new car market rose by seven per cent in November, with 159,581 vehicles registered. In total, more than two million cars have been bought in 2013, an almost ten per cent rise on the 2012 full-year figure of 2,044,609.
Diesel vehicles took the majority of new car sales in November, with 83,962 units registered against 73,247 petrol vehicles. Overall, diesel cars have taken the lion's share of the market in 2013, accounting for 49.6 per cent of all new car registrations.
The continued rise of alternative fuel vehicles means that sector of the market has seen a 16.4 per cent rise this year, with 30,496 vehicles registered so far in 2013.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "Motorists have bought more than two million cars so far in 2013, a tremendous success for the industry on the back of buoyant consumer confidence and innovative new products."