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This chart shows how the 132 registration plate boosted the Irish car market

Over 9,000 new registrations were made in July, but just 111 were hybrid or electric cars.

NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS rose year-on-year by over 3,000 in July as the 132 licence plate was introduced.

Figures released by the All-Island Research observatory show that the registrations of new vehicles were at their highest this year since the beginning of the financial crisis.

In total, 9,306 new cars were registered this July, compared with 6,164 last year.

In fact, the figures for July are the highest since July 2008, when 16,175 private cars were registered.

The collapse in lending, declines in consumer spending and rises in unemployment saw the figures collapse in 2009 with 4,355 new cars registered.  Despite a bounce back in 2010, two years of decline followed, with 2013′s figures largely attributed to the new registration plate, which came into effect on 1 July.

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The second chart shows that over 70 per cent of car sales were diesel engines, 28.6 per cent were petrol and just 1.2 per cent, or 111, were hybrid or electric vehicles.

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Read: Here’s how the 132 number plate did in its first 13 days

Read: First look: Here’s what the new 2013 numberplates will look like

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