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UK tops EU's March new car market

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The UK has become the largest European Union (EU) new car market this month, with figures from the European Automobile Manufacturer's Association showing a 26.6% year-on-year rise in new car registrations in the country.

A total of 400,000 new cars were registered during March in the country, giving a fillip to car insurance providers.

New car registrations in the EU rose by 10.8% during March compared with a year ago.

EU registrations in the first three months of this year were at 3,671,871 units, up 9.2% from those in the last quarter of 2009, the figures revealed.

However, this was a fall of 9.4% in registrations when compared with the first quarter of 2008.

A total of 1,637,478 new cars were registered in the EU.

With support from Government's incentive programmes, most major markets had rebounded compared with early 2009, the figures showed.

Germany was an exception, where registrations plummeted by 26.6% year-on-year to 294,375 units.

© Press Association 2010