UK new car sales reached their highest level for more than a decade in January, with 174,564 new cars registered in the first four weeks of 2017.
That’s the biggest number of sales recorded in Britain since 2005, and represents a year-on-year growth of 2.9%.
It has been spurred on by a significant increase in demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles, with 7279 sales accounting for 4.2% of demand overall and representing a 19.9% increase on January 2016.
Conversely, diesel cars saw a 4.3% drop in sales compared to the year before, but petrol rose by 8.9% - representing 50.7% of sales with 88,507 models sold across the month.
Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders chief executive Mike Hawes acknowledged the importance of alternatively fuelled cars in ensuring the UK market stayed strong. He said: “It’s encouraging to see alternatively fuelled vehicles benefiting from this positive growth, reaching a record market share.