Another rise last month has taken UK car sales to their longest-ever period of growth.
A total of 194,032 new cars were registered in May - a 7.7% rise on the May 2013 figure, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
The increase last month was the 27th consecutive monthly rise - beating the previous record of 26 months of growth between May 1987 and June 1989.
Sales for 2014 so far have reached 1,058,974 - an 11.6% rise on the January-May 2013 total.
SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes said: "The new car market has now grown in every month since March 2012 - the longest period of growth on record and a reflection of the UK's ever-improving economic conditions.
"Over the past 27 months, increasingly-confident consumers have been drawn to some fantastic new products, attracted by innovative technologies, improved fuel economy and competitive deals helping make a new car more affordable.
"With SMMT forecasting an overall rise of around 6% over the year, the coming months should see some levelling off in growth rates as underlying demand stabilises."
There was a 20-month period of growth between October 2000 and May 2002 and a 15-month run between October 1982 and December 1983.
The SMMT also said today that the number of cars registered with alloy wheels rose from 65.% in 2004 to 87.1% in 2013, while the number fitted with air conditioning as standard increased from 75.3% in 2004 to 95.4% in 2013.
These were the best-selling models in May 2014:
1. Ford Fiesta
2. Volkswagen Golf
3. Vauxhall Corsa
4. Ford Focus
5. Vauxhall Astra
6. Nissan Qashqai
7. Audi A3
8. Volkswagen Polo
9. Fiat 500
10. Vauxhall Mokka