Best February for new car sales since 2004

Best February for new car sales since 2004

Drivers splashed their cash on new cars in February, with sales up significantly on last year.

Data from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveals new car sales grew by 8.4% year-on-year last month.

A total of 83,395 new cars were registered in the UK - the biggest number of February sales since 2004.

February is usually one of the quietest months of the year ahead of the registration plate change in March.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes says the latest figures are encouraging and put the sector in a good position for the next 12 months.

Diesel and petrol registrations grew by 5.6% and 10.7% respectively, while alternatively-fuelled vehicles enjoyed an increase of 19.9% as drivers continue to go green.

Registrations by private customers rose by 22.6%, although fleet demand fell by 1.4%.

Volkswagen is still experiencing the fallout from the diesel emissions scandal, with new registrations down 13.2% on February 2015.

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