Toyota's hybrid car sales are on the rise thanks to an increased popularity of its Auris Hybrid, figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) reveal.
Sales results for September and the first three quarters of this year show the car manufacturer has sold 20.6 per cent more Auris Hybrids than it did the previous year. Its popularity has risen so much that the model now accounts for nearly half of all Auris sales in the UK, rac.co.uk reports. Moreover, petrol-hybrids make up 22.5 per cent of Toyota's total sales, and one in four Yaris sales made in this country is also a hybrid.
Toyota's hybrid vehicles are particularly popular with fleet owners. Sales have increased in this market with volumes up almost 20 per cent compared to the same period the previous year. Brits' affinity for Toyota's hybrid cars means the car manufacturer has enjoyed a sales increase of 4.5 per cent, reports leicestermercury.co.uk.
SMMT also reported that overall, new car sales saw their best September in ten years, as consumer confidence is continuing to rise. Some 425,861 new cars were registered in September, marking an increase of 5.6 per cent compared to September 2013. This means the new car market has seen growth for 31 months in a row.
Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, commented: "September's strong performance underlined the continuing robustness of the UK new car market, particularly in the context of last September's bumper volumes."
As new registration plates are released in September, the month usually enjoys a high number of new car sales.