Ford Fiesta was October's best-seller
Fleet sales were up by 4.5 per cent in October and private sales, up by 23.9 per cent, helped drive big increases in the mini- and supermini-segments, which now make up 40 per cent of the UK's total car market.
Unsurprisingly, the Ford Fiesta was October's best selling car, selling 8,058 units, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa at 6,285 units.
Ford also brought in third place, with the Focus selling 5,834 units. Vauxhall again came close with the Astra selling 5,754 units and VW completed the top five, selling 4,158 Golfs.
The BMW 3 Series came sixth with 3,762 units sold, Nissan Qashqai, seventh with 3,567 units and the BMW 1 Series was eighth with 3,029 units.
BMW also enjoyed success with the Mini, selling 2,970 units and finally the VW Polo with 2,952 units was the tenth best selling car in October.
The increase in registrations last month brought total sales for 2012 to 1.77 million units. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders is now forecasting more than two million car sales by the end of the year.