New car sales in Wales rose to 4,785 last month, an increase of 8.11% over April 2011, figures show.
Paul Everitt, from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said the figures represent "a bit of an uplift" for consumer confidence and the economy.
"People have had a difficult time, but new car registrations show people are more confident of their own future, and prepared to commit to 'big ticket' items"
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There is likely to be a good deal of cloud around today, thickest in the southeast, where outbreaks of rain are possible at times.
A dry night with clear spells for most, especially towards the north where it will become rather chilly with some mist patches possible.
Wales head coach Warren Gatland says some players suffered a few bumps and bruises during their clash against Ireland.