The number of new cars sold in Wales increased by 7% last year. 71,521 vehicles were sold in 2012, compared to 66,771 in 2011 - according to new figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).
Richard Lowe, head of retail and wholesale at Barclays commented on the positive car sales figures, saying;
As we look to the year ahead the real question is whether this demand will hold.
Consumer pockets will continue to be squeezed, and with pre-registration figures increasingly accounting for a larger percentage of the market, both manufacturers and dealers will have to be careful that supply does not outstrip demand.
Diesel cars took a record 50.8% market share, with sales of just over a million compared with 978,000 petrol vehicles.
Sales of alternative fuel vehicles, such as electric, increased by 9.4% to almost 28,000, a market share of 1.4%, a new high.
Private sales of new cars increased from 823,000 to 929,000, fleet sales increased by 0.6% to just over a million, while business sales fell by 9.5% to just under 90,000.The SMMT said 2013 would be "challenging", but it expects performance to be on a par with 2012.