The number of new cars sold in the UK in April grew by more than 10% compared with last year, as buyers slowly regain confidence following a volatile March.
The news isn't all good, though, because that rise is mitigated by the fact that April 2017's numbers were low as a result of new VED car tax changes, which had just come into force.
Diesel cars continue to sell slowly, with demand falling by almost 25% year on year in April and almost 32% down in the year to date compared with the same period in 2017. Petrol car sales have picked up some of that slack, though, growing by 38.5% in April.
It was a good month for electric and hybrid vehicles, with sales of such cars rising by more than 49% compared with April last year. However, electric and hybrid cars currently account for just 5.2% of all new car sales in 2018.
Despite almost 168,000 new cars being sold in April – and more than 886,000 cars sold so far this year – the overall new car market remains down on 2017.
Chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, said: "Given the major disruption to last April’s market caused by sweeping VED changes, this increase is not unexpected. While the continuing growth in demand for plug-in and hybrid cars is positive news, the market share of these vehicles remains low and will do little to offset damaging declines elsewhere."
Click through this slideshow to see the top 10 best-selling new cars in the UK for April.