Official figures show that 21,444 new cars were licensed in April, an increase of just over 4% on the same month last year.

For the first four months of 2007, new car sales are up just over 7% to 103,252, according to the Central Statistics Office.

The new car figures for April show that Toyota led the way with 3,370, followed by Volkswagen (2,507) and Open (2,342).

The number of second-hand cars licensed in April was up 13% on April last year.