By Daniel Hunter

The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) have said that new car sales beat expectations in September.

The new '62' number plate cars sold unexpectedly well last month, with 359,612 cars registered in September, which was the first month of the new plate.

That was 8.2% up on the same month last year and 26,000 more cars than the SMMT had been expecting.

September is the second busiest month for car sales, coming behind March, when 372,835 cars were sold.

“The important September plate change market outperformed expectations with new car registrations increasing more than 8% on last year to 359,612 units,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive.

“Although the economic outlook remains challenging, we are starting to see a tentative return of consumer confidence as motorists explore new products and the latest fuel-efficient technologies.”

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