February’s new car sales finished 1.4% up year-on-year at 81,969 registrations, as private and business purchases increased, SMMT data shows.
Sales of light commercial vehicles grew by 5% last month, according to the SMMT, but year-to-date the market is still down by 2.2%.
The motor industry lost £2.6 billion in revenue last year as a result of declining car sales, according to analysis by AA Cars.
Current registration trends suggest the UK is on course to meet its target of three in five new cars sold being electric by 2030.
Short-term pushes based on limited new model launches leave car manufacturer brands liable to sharp falls.
Automotive Management Live: Where franchised and independent dealers will find everything they need to know about operating a modern showroom and service and repair facility fit for the digital age.
When: November 7 2019
Where: Birmingham NEC
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