UK new-car sales rose 1.4 percent to 81,969 in February, helped by big gains at Volvo, Renault, Jaguar and Volkswagen. The increase ended a five-month run of consecutive declines in the market.
Diesel sales fell 14 percent for a market share of 29.6 percent, while gasoline registrations rose 8.3 percent for a 64.9 percent share, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said.
The top five best-selling brands in the market had mixed results.
No. 1 Ford's registrations fell 14 percent, while No. 2 VW brand saw sales rise 13 percent. Third-placed BMW's volume rose 1.8 percent. Sales at Mercedes-Benz, the No. 4, were flat. Fifth-place Audi fell 17 percent.
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Big gainers included Volvo, whose registrations jumped 48 percent, while Renault was up 46 percent and Jaguar sales increased 34 percent. Vauxhall volume rose 0.9 percent.
Losers last month included Porsche, whose registrations plunged 52 percent, and Fiat, whose sales fell 27 percent.
In the first two months, sales dropped 0.6 percent to 242,982, the SMMT said.