The UK economy continues to rebound.
New car sales in September hit 425,861, which is an 18 percent increase on the prior year figure and the highest level in 10 years (since September 2004).
The number of new car sales has increased for 31 consecutive months, taking the number registered in the first nine months of 2013 to 1,958,196, which is an increase of 9.1 percent on January-September 2013.
Noted IHS Global Insight: "A significant number of people are now willing and able or able to buy a new car, having held off due to uncertain economic circumstances". Indeed. About 2 million of them in nine months, in fact!
Consumers are driving the British economy forward, buoyed by increasing house prices across Britain.
Not surprisingly the best sellers were the Ford Fiesta and the Ford Focus, but the Volkswagen Golf gatecrashed the Ford party with the third highest number of new registrations.
From the SMMT: