New car sales in Britain rose by 7.9 percent year-on-year in May to reach 162,288 units, an industry association said Friday. The figure brought the total sales to 868,166 units in the first five months of 2012, up 2.6 percent, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
This was the strongest growth rate since June 2010 and was the third monthly increase in a row, mainly driven by private sales, Xinhua reported.
SMMT said private sales have recovered to post an 8.5-percent rise in the first five months of 2012, with a 14.3-percent increase in May.
The Vauxhall Corsa was the best-selling model in May, with Ford's Fiesta top over the first five months of 2012.