New car registrations are on course to beat 2016’s total by around three percent. A three percent rise in new car registrations in March would mean a total above 534,000 cars.

This increase is understood to have been driven by sales being pulled forward from April.  Car buyers have tried to take advantage of the old VED system. The new scheme started on Saturday, 1st April.

Retailers report that much of this pull forward has been driven by manufacturers pushing deals and registrations.