When the 2013 number plates came out this March, many in the auto industry feared that the UK pubic would be put off purchasing a new car, given that the new number plate would include the infamous, unlucky superstitious number, 13 for fear of bad luck. However all have been proved wrong as March seen sales increase by 6%. March is traditionally the most important month for the auto industry, accounting for 20% of all sales.

According to the Society of Motor ­Manufacturers and Traders,a total of  394,806 new ­registrations were recorded. Out of this total, 202,249 were petrol cars and 187,239 were diesel and the rest being electric or hybrid. One in six of the total cars registered were made in Britain, including the following manufacturers: MINI, Nissan, Vauxhall, Toyota, Honda, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar and Land Rovers.

The interim boss of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has said: “New car registrations out-performed expectations in March. Despite economic concerns, consistent monthly growth is an ­encouraging sign of returning consumer confidence.”

The Ford Fiesta was the bestselling model, with 22,748 registrations, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa which notched up 16,169 sales and the Ford Focus with 15,434.

Best selling models in March:

  1. Ford Fiesta – 22,748
  2. Vauxhall Corsa – 16,169
  3. Ford Focus – 15,434
  4. Volkswagen Golf – 9,978
  5. Vauxhall Astra – 9,559
  6. Nissan Qashqai – 8,465
  7. Volkswagen Polo – 7,431
  8. BMW 1 Series – 7,001
  9. Peugeot 208 – 6,726
  10. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 6,628