December 5 2013.

- New car registrations rose 7% in November to 159,581 units, the month’s best performance since 2004.

- 2,111,819 cars have been registered year-to-date, up 9.9% and already ahead of the 2012 full-year figure of 2,044,609.

- Total motorcycle registrations to the end of October were down 2.5%

"Motorists have bought more than two million cars so far in 2013, a tremendous success for the industry on the back of buoyant consumer confidence and innovative new products," said Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive. "With the UK economy looking increasingly positive, we can expect strong underlying demand for new cars to continue into 2014, with volumes set to match or surpass those seen this year."

Cars up. Bikes down. Why?

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