UK new car sales speed to record high

Buyers seize chance to buy cars before new tax rates come into force, but analysts warn demand is likely to slow

New car sales in the UK hit an all-time high last month, with more than half a million vehicles registered, including a record number of diesel models.

A total of 562,337 new cars took to the roads in March as sales of new cars rose 8.4% from a year earlier. It was the biggest month since the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders started collecting data in 1976.

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