New car sales rose in October, according to the Society for the Irish Motor Industry, however they remain lower in the year so far.

There were 2,184 new car registrations last month - an increase of 29.3% year-on-year.

It brings to 116,129 the number of new cars registered in Ireland in the first ten months of the year - down 7% on the same period of 2018.

Between January and October, diesel cars continued to make up the biggest proportion of sales - though their share is down considerably year-on-year.

So far this year 54,165 diesel cars have been registered - a 20.3% drop.

Diesel cars now make up 46.6% of sales, compared to 54.4% a year ago.

Petrol models made up 40.7% of sales - though registrations were also lower compared to 2018.

Declines in those categories were in favour of alternative fuel types, with sales of petrol-electric hybrids rising 47.4% in the year. They accounted for 8.7% of registrations in the ten month period.

Meanwhile electric car sales rose 166% - though as this came from a lower base they still account for just 2.8% of sales.

According to SIMI Volkswagen remained the most popular car brand with an 11.6% share of sales.

However the Toyota Corolla was the most popular car model, account for 3.8% of sales.

- while electric car sales rose 166%