The number new cars sold in the UK hit a new record high for the month of September, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

The industry body said 462,517 new cars were registered in September, up 8.6% on the same month in 2014. September is typically one of the car industry's busiest months as new number plates come out.

The figures mean that more than two million new cars have been sold in the UK by the end of September for the first time since 2004. It also means that car sales have been growing for 43 consecutive months.

SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "September is traditionally one of the year's biggest months for new car registrations, and last month set an autumn record."