Italy's new car sales are likely to be up around 4.5 percent in September to around 185,000 units from a revised 177,000 a year ago, an industry source said on Friday.

We are almost in line with the last months, the source told Reuters on condition of anonymity.

The transport ministry is due to release official figures on Oct 1. (Reporting by Stefano Rebaudo) (Milan newsroom, +39 02 6612 9507, fax +39 02 801149,