The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has released its new car registration figures for January, revealing that the Ford Focus continued to be the top seller, with 11,152 vehicles registered.
Overall new car registrations were up in January, experiencing a monthly increase of 5.2 per cent to reach 165,603 units.
This was the first rise for three months and represents the largest increase since December 2005, the SMMT confirmed.
Supermini registrations saw a particularly pronounced increase of 18.7 per cent, with a total of 54,918 units registered, while diesel numbers increased by 11.7 per cent to hit 66,121 units.
Christopher Macgowan, chief executive of the SMMT, described the figures as "an encouraging start to 2007".
"The supermini segment performed outstandingly well with an increase of 18.7 per cent in new car registrations," Mr Macgowan continued.
"This possibly reflects buyers taking such things as fuel costs, CO2 performance and interest rate movements into account more and more when purchasing a new car."