Figures show new car sales fell by 24% in April compared with the same month in 2008, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
During the month 133,475 new vehicles were registered, the worst April performance since 1991, and although the drop is less than previous months it took the decline in yearly sales so far to 28.5%.
The data from the SMMT show that all vehicle sectors experienced declines apart from the mini segment which rose 54.3%.
It is now hoped that the Government's car-scrappage scheme, which will start later this month, will turn the downward trend around and offer a well needed boost to the beleaguered car industry.
As part of the scheme motorists will be given £2,000 to swap cars 10-years-old or older for a brand new model.
The top 10 sellers in April 2009 were:
1. Ford Focus
2. Ford Fiesta
3. Vauxhall Corsa
4. Volkswagen Golf
5. Vauxhall Astra
6. Vauxhall Insignia
7. Peugeot 207
8. Audi A3
9. Ford Mondeo
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