2,767 new cars were registered in the month of June, almost double the amount sold in the same month in 2019, pre-pandemic.

The figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show that registrations last month were over three times the number bought last June.

While this is positive news for the motor industry, the data shows that the total numbers of new cars registered so far this year is down over 20% compared to the first half of 2019.

63,867 new cars were registered so far this, compared to 80,758 in the first six months of 2019.

However, that figure is up 20% from the same period last year, when just 52,885 were registered.

"Today 1 July, with the new 212 registration plate, will hopefully be a turning point for the Industry and with both the lead-in time provided by the re-opening of showrooms and a strong order bank, retailers are optimistic that they can recover some of the sales lost during the first half of the year," said Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General.

The figures show that 992 new light commercials vehicles were registered last month, compared to 569 in June 2020 and 747 in the same month in 2019.

While 102 heavy goods vehicles were registered last month, almost the same number as June 2020, and down from 316 in June 2019.

5,631 used cars were imported last month, up from the 4,263 imports in June 2020 and down on the 8,060 imports in June 2019.

According to SIMI, 390 electric vehicles were registered last month, a huge jump from the 42 registered in June 2020.

So far this year 4,333 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 1,889 on the same period 2020.

The figures show that electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and hybrids continue to increase their market share, with their combined market share now almost 30%.

Diesel now accounts for 36.08%, Petrol 31.79%, Hybrid 16.51%, Electric 6.78% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 6.37%.