An increasing number of British consumers are purchasing new cars and the Ford Fiesta super-mini has topped the list as 2012's biggest seller.
That is according to data released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), which revealed new car registrations increased by 12.1 per cent during October, and are five per cent higher overall this year so far.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt suggested that the news may have been unexpected given the current economic climate.
"Despite uncertainty in the European economy, the UK new car market continues to grow, with registrations rising more than 12 per cent in October to 151,252 units", he said.
So-called alternatively-fuelled cars have also fared well with sales up by 13 per cent for the year-to-date.
Mr Everitt called on the government to further boost sales of green cars by continuing its incentive programme.
The Plug-in Car Grant is available to anyone who purchases a hybrid or electric car and could mean up to £7,500 in tax incentives for those who are willing to take the plunge.
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