New car sales rose again last month, figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) showed today.
There were 189,514 new registrations in June 2012 - a 3.49% increase on the June 2011 total.
Last month's purchases took year-so-far sales to 1,057,680 - a 2.72% rise on January-June 2011.
Private sales did well last month, rising 9.8% compared with June 2011, and are up 8.7% for the first half of this year.
Total new-car sales for the April-June 2012 period have risen 4.8% and the SMMT reckons year-end sales will reach 1.95 million - just ahead of last year's 1.94 million total.
SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "Despite domestic and international economic concerns, UK motorists are responding positively to new products and the latest fuel-efficient technology.
"The industry has performed better than expected in the first half of the year and we will now need to work hard to sustain growth."
There was a 47.8% rise in sales of alternatively-fuelled vehicles last month, while diesel sales also rose and have accounted for 51.2% of total sales in the first half of 2012.
These were the best-selling models in June 2012:
1. Ford Fiesta
2. Vauxhall Corsa
3. Ford Focus
4. Volkswagen Golf
5. BMW 3 Series
6. Vauxhall Astra
8. Nissan Qashqai
9. Volkswagen Polo
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