Despite the current gloomy economic climate, new car registrations were buoyant last month with 163,357 motors finding new homes.
That figure is up 14.8% from last year while domestic car sales for the first four months of the year have soared through the 750,000 mark, putting the market on course for sales of 2.1 million this year according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
There is clear trend towards more compact, fuel-efficient vehicles as the top five best selling models all fall into the hatchback or supermini class.
Richard Lowe, the head of retail at Barclays, told The Times: "Increasing maintenance costs and the relatively high fuel bills associated with older models means that more consumers are looking for newer, more fuel-efficient vehicles."
The top five best selling models in April were as follows: The Ford Fiesta with 8,083 models registered; the Vauxhall Corsa with 6,084 new models registered; the Ford focus with 5,994; the VW Golf with 5,283 and the Vauxhall Astra with 4,244 new registrations.
Pricier models such as Audi's A3 also recorded solid sales, while the likes of Jaguar and Land Rover seeing an increase of around 25% over the previous year.