By Jonathan Davies

New UK's car industry continued its impressive spell of growth in July, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT), as new car sales rose for the 41st month in a row.

The SMMT said sales were up 3.2% to 178,420 in July. It means there have now been more than 1.5 million new cars sold in the UK this year, a 6.5% rise on this time last year and an all-time record.

Although the first half of the year saw record growth, the SMMT said that July's more modest growth was indicative of more stable growth for the rest of the year.

Superminis, small family cars and dual purpose SUVs - or crossovers - were the biggest selling car models in July, reflecting a shift in buying habits over the past decade.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “While more moderate than in recent months, July’s rise in new car registrations is good news, and indicative of what we expect for the remainder of 2015. With demand having reached a record high in the first half of the year, we anticipate more stable growth in the coming months.”