|Toyota Corolla is best selling car in January.|
In all there were 31,251 passenger car registrations for the month, along with 5,666 Light Commercial vehicles registered. The LCV performance was 2.1pc up on January 2019.
A 26.4pc decline in used car imports to 6,623 units is in part attributable to the imposition of new Nitrogen Oxide taxation which typically adds €2,700 to an imported car's price.
Describing the result as 'disappointing', the Society of the Irish Motor Industry nevertheless saw a positive in the average CO2 emissions of a new car sold this year by 5.8pc on the previous year.
Though down again as a share of fuel, diesels remain the most popular engines at 42.1pc of all powertrains, with petrol engines at 39.6pc.
Hybrid engines showed a significant increase at 13.6pc, while battery-electric represented 2.9pc of the market and PHEVs 1.8pc. Electric cars at 898 units represented a 12pc increase.
The top selling car in January was Toyota's Corolla, followed by Hyundai's Tucson, Ford's Focus, Hyundai's Kona and the new Renault Clio.