Car sales rose 11.5 per cent in March as the UK market began to show signs of life after a dire year for the automotive industry.
According to data from the Society from Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), sales remain around 37 per cent below the monthly average for March between 2010-2019.
The third month of the year is usually one of the top two selling months for the industry, as it is one of the two occasions on which a new license plate series is introduced.
In total, 283,964 cars were registered to new owners last month, up from around 250,000 a year ago.
Since the pandemic struck a year ago, car sales have been massively reduced, with repeated lockdowns pushing down customer demand.
In total, car sales across the full year shrank 30…