More new cars were registered in July 2021 than in the same month in 2019, the pre-covid baseline that offers a more accurate reflection of the state of the industry, writes Brian Byrne. At 26,483 units compared to 24,681, the July positive news is tempered by the year to date figure of 90,342 units, which is 14.3pc down on the same period in 2019.

Year to date registrations for light commercial vehicles at 21,814 represents a 9pc increase on 2019. YTD imports of used cars are down 34.25pc on 2019. With 6,233 new electric cars registered so far this year, that represents a 134pc increase on the same period in 2020.

In market share terms, Diesel now accounts for 34.43pc, Petrol 32.62pc, Hybrid 16.56pc, Electric 6.90pc and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 6.98pc.