LONDON (Reuters) -- UK new-car registrations in May rose by 2.4 percent year-on-year to 198,706 vehicles, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), said in a statement today.
The SMMT said the increase meant sales rose by 5.7 percent to 1.11 million in the first five months of the year.
Registrations in the January-May period had been boosted by a fourfold increase in ultra-low emission vehicles, the industry group said.
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SMMT CEO Mike Hawes said the association expected "a natural leveling out of the overall new-car market throughout the remainder of 2015."
The body has previously forecast that new car sales in 2015 as a whole will rise nearly 4 percent compared with last year, helped by cheap credit and strong levels of consumer confidence.
In 2014, UK sales rose 9 percent to 2.47 million, the highest level for 10 years.
Automotive News Europe contributed to this report