Seventh month of growth in UK new car market

Britain’s new car market rose 26.2% in February, the seventh consecutive month of growth, according to Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) figures.

Battery electric deliveries rose 18.2%, with all plug-in cars taking almost a quarter market share, the trade association said.

​​​​Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) recorded growth of 40.0%, while petrol vehicles were up 35.8%.       

“After seven months of growth, it is no surprise that the UK automotive sector is facing the future with growing confidence,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. “It is vital, however, that government takes every opportunity to back the market, which plays a significant role in Britain’s economy and net zero ambition.”