By Jonathan Davies

Nearly 200,000 new cars were sold in the UK in May, according to the Society for Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT).

New car registrations, which indicates sales, reached 198,706 last month, up 2.4% or 4,674 cars on May 2014.

The SMMT said it was the 39th consecutive month in which new car sales have grown.

The body also revealed a "remarkable" rise in the number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) sold. More than 11,000 ULEVs were sold in between January and May, compared with less than 3,000 in the same period last year.

The SMMT said there are now more than 20 ULEVs available in the UK, compared to just six in 2011.

Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “The remarkable growth in demand for plug in vehicles is expected to continue as the range of ultra-low emission vehicles on sale increases. Meanwhile, we anticipate a natural levelling out of the overall new car market throughout the remainder of 2015.”