Car registrations in the UK have shown a healthy increase over the same period in the previous year.

Figures from the SMMT show that the registrations of new cars increased 37.5% compared with July 2012. Traditionally July sales are lower as it is the month preceding the late summer plate change.

Overseas sales were also up, albeit by a more modest 0.6%. Mike Baunton, SMMT Interim Chief Executive said: “Car manufacturing is continuing to follow the wider UK trend for more positive economic growth with a 7% rise in July, supporting a 1.9% increase in the year so far”

“We are starting to see slight signs of recovery from Europe which will support stronger production levels this year, and UK manufacturers will continue to build and develop innovative, high-quality products that appeal to a global customer base” he concluded.