New car registrations were up by a fifth in November over the same month last year, according to figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry. (SIMI)

However, the increase is on a relatively small number as potential buyers tend to eye up a new year registration as the year end nears.

769 new cars were registered in November compared to 645 in the same month last year.

Car registrations for the first eleven months were down around 7% compared to the same period last year, according to SIMI's figures.

The total number of new cars purchased between January and November came in below 117,000, according to SIMI's figures.

That compares to in excess of 125,000 cars in the same period last year.

The number of cars imported into the country continues to increase with imported vehicle numbers up just under 15% on the same month last year to 8,729.

Year to date, imports are up 9% to just under 104,000.

That sees it already exceeding the full year total for 2018 when 100,755 cars were imported.

"Despite a small increase in November, new car registrations are down 7% on 2018, underlining what has been a disappointing year for the Irish Motor Industry," Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said.

"For the second consecutive year, used car imports have exceed 100,000, which is having a dampening impact on new car sales. With the 201 registration plate on the horizon, focus has already turned to January. With generous incentives for customers to buy a new car across all brands and across all market segments, members are hopeful for the busy start to 2020," he added.