More cars were sold in the first seven months of the year than in all of 2014, according to new figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.

Over 27,600 cars were sold in July alone, according to SIMI, pushing sales for the year to date to almost 110,000.

That compares to the 96,280 sold in the twelve months of 2014 and marks the first time car sales have passed the 100,000-mark since 2008.

Monthly car sales spiked in July having fallen steadily since January as it marked the first month of the ‘152’ licence plate.

SIMI’s figures show that Volkswagen has remained the most popular make of car in the year to date, with a 12.3% share of the Irish market.

However Hyundai was the top selling brand in July alone, with a 11.4% share for the month.

Volkswagen’s Golf was the most popular model of car in July – and remains the most popular in the year so far.

More than 73% of cars sold in the month fell into the ‘A’ tax band, while 70.3% were diesel fuelled.

During July 85 electric vehicles were sold – bringing to almost 400 the number sold so far this year.