New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 2,167 new private cars were licensed in November, an increase of 47.6% on the 1,468 licensed the same time last year.

Today's CSO figures show that in the first 11 months of 2021, a total of 101,021 new private cars were licensed, an increase of 21% compared with the same time last year.

But it noted that the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic over the first 11 months of 2021 is still visible as figures remain 10% lower than the same 11 months in 2019.

Today's figures also show that electric cars continue to grow in popularity as 8% of all new cars licensed in the first 11 months of 2021 were electric cars (8,414), compared with 5% of new cars licensed in the first 11 months of 2020.

A further 8% of new car sales were plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, the CSO added.

But the number of used (imported) private cars licensed decreased in the first 11 months of 2021 compared with the same time in 2020.

According to the CSO, a total of 64,657 used private cars were licensed, a decrease of 7% compared on the same time last year and a decrease of 36% compared with 2019.

Volkswagen was the most popular make of new private car licensed in November followed by Toyota, Skoda, Peugeot and Seat.

Today's CSO figures also show that in the first 11 months of 2021, 33.8% of all new private cars licensed were diesel, compared with 37.4% in the same time in 2020.

Of new private cars licensed in the same period, 81.4% were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands.

A vehicle is licensed when the annual car tax due on the vehicle is paid for the first time, while a vehicle is registered when the vehicle registration tax due on the vehicle is paid to the Revenue Commissioners.

Revenue then issue a registration number for the vehicle.