Volumes were up on a very weak April 2009 with scrappage accounting for just eight per cent of that.
The news comes in the same week the SMMT revised its overall estimation for the UK car market upwards to 1.924m units following the strong start to the year.
‘As our new government establishes itself, the priority must be sustaining and strengthening the economic recovery with particular focus on encouraging the availability of more and better priced finance for businesses and consumers,’ said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive.
‘April was another good month for the UK motor industry with private buyers responding positively, despite the end of the scrappage scheme.
‘There are still difficult months ahead, but the strong start to 2010 has led SMMT to increase its annual forecast to 1.924 million units.’