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Car sales surge above 2m

More than two million new cars were sold in the UK last year, an increase of 5.3% on 2011 and the highest since 2008, new figures have showed.

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Car industry figures 'best since 2008'

SMMT chief executive Paul Everitt said: "More than two million new cars were registered in the UK during 2012, up 5.3% on the previous 12 months and the best result since recession struck in 2008.

Vauxhall Astra production line at the Vauxhall Motors factory in Ellesmere Port - Astras were the fourth most popular car sold last year Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

"Boosted by strong consumer demand, the market grew at its fastest rate for 11 years with innovative, fuel-efficient cars keeping buyers in showrooms.

"Looking ahead to 2013, we anticipate the market will hold firm, with manufacturers and dealers working hard to deliver quality and value to motorists."

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