UK car registrations logged a double-digit growth in August as the market responded to regulatory changes, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders said Wednesday.
New car registrations increased 23.1 percent year-on-year to 94,094 units in August.
The market responded to regulatory changes, with cost-savvy buyers taking advantage of some compelling deals in what is always one of the year's smallest months.
The SMMT said demand for hybrid and plug-in cars surged 88.7 percent with record one in 12 buyers going electric.
However, in the year to date, the overall car sales decreased 4.2 percent, in line with forecasts after a turbulent first eight months.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said, "It's great to see such strong growth, particularly in the important electric vehicle market."
"However, given August is always a small month in new car registrations ahead of the important plate-change month of September, it would be wrong to view the market as booming."