DUBLIN, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- The number of new cars sold in Ireland in July rose by 51 percent year-on-year, according to official figures on Thursday.
The figures from Ireland's Central Statistics Office showed that 9,306 new private cars were licensed last month, compared with 6,164 in July 2012 after the introduction of the new 132 number plate at the start of the month.
However, the number of new goods vehicles licensed last month fell by 6.2 percent to 953.
Of the 9,306 new private cars licensed, 28.6 percent were petrol and 70.3 percent were diesel.
In Ireland, new car buyers are still predominately opting for diesel models.
The most popular make of new car sold last month was Ford, followed by Volkswagen, Toyota and Hyundai.
Thursday's figures also show that the total number of used private cars licensed last month was 4,587 compared with 3,143 in July of last year, up 45.9 percent.