Early estimates indicate that 2013 is set to be a positive year of the automotive industry, with new car sales rising significantly in the first quarter.
Data published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) shows that there was a 5.9 per cent rise in new car sales in March, which has traditionally been the busiest month of the year for car sales as people take advantage of the new 13 registration plate.
This year was no exception, with new car buyers helping to contribute to a 7.4 per cent increase in sales for the first quarter of the year, with total sales of 605,198 units.
In March alone, 394,806 new cars were sold, which was stimulated by an 11.2 per cent increase in private buyer purchases.
Meanwhile, fleet sales also grew by 3.2 per cent over the first three months following a period of subdued activity, suggesting a healthy future for the sector.
According to the SMMT, the strong performance observed between January and March is set to fuel growth over the rest of the year, with the organisation noting that sales during the past year have risen by almost 40,000 cars.
This 7.2 per cent increase takes the total to 2.1 million, most of which been generated by private sales, while petrol sales have also experienced a rise in popularity.
Petrol car sales have risen by more than 12 per cent in 2013, with city car sales experiencing a huge jump to represent 56.5 per cent of all sales.
According to the SMMT, the Seat mii, Skoda Citigo and VW up! were responsible for much of the rise, though Ford remained the overall market leader for new car sales, with a 13.9 per cent share.
Ford was followed by Vauxhall (10.6 per cent) and Volkswagen, which had a 7.9 per cent share of the new car sales market.
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