New car registrations soar in May
The SMMT was quick to point out that demand for private registrations climbed 20.9 per cent, outperforming pre-recession volumes recorded in 2007.
Despite the positive outlook, May's total new car market remains down on 2007 levels.
SMMT interim chief executive, Mike Baunton said: "The performance of new car registrations in May marks a significant milestone for UK automotive, with cars registered by private buyers rising more than 20 per cent, bettering pre-recession volumes posted in 2007."
"While it is clear that buying confidence among UK motorists is very strong, continued economic uncertainty abroad, particularly in the rest of Europe, will mean that manufacturers remain cautious about performance in the second half of 2013," he added.
The most popular car among UK buyers in May remained the Ford Fiesta, shifting an impressive 9,316 units. Ford had another reason to celebrate as the Focus overtook the Vauxhall Corsa for the first time by selling 7,522 units.
The Corsa managed to cling on to the number three spot with 7,522 units registered but the Astra lost its fourth place position to the Volkswagen Golf.
Following these vehicles in order of sales was the Nissan Qashqai, BMW 3-series, VW Polo, Peugeot 208 and the Audi A3.
Petrol-fuelled models have once again, risen above their diesel siblings and have been the strongest in growth so far in 2013 with a 14 per cent increase in registrations.
Diesel models did also see an increase, up 9.3 per cent, but their market share dropped to 50.8 per cent.
The gallery below highlights the top 10 most popular cars in May