GOOD TIMES COMING BACK? British new-car sales hit their highest in a decade in September 2014. SA did well, too. Image: Shutterstock
LONDON, England - British new car sales accelerated in September 2014 to the best September in a decade, lifted by demand for the latest number plates, industry data showed Monday.
New car registrations rose 5.6% in September to 425 861 against September 2013, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said.
That was the highest level for the month since 2004.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "September's strong performance underlined the continuing robustness of the UK new car market.
"Demand... has been boosted by intensifying confidence in the UK economy, with consumers attracted by a wide range of exciting, and increasingly fuel-efficient, new cars."
• New vehicle sales in South Africa increased by 11.5% in September 2014 compared to September 2013, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA reported. There were 60 854 vehicles sales in September 2014 compared to 54 571 in the same period in 2013 in South Africa.