New car registrations increased by 5.3pc (13,834) last month compared with the corresponding period for last year (13,138). But registrations so far this year are down 11pc to 38,986, according to the latest SIMI statistics.
Secondhand imports fell by 7.04pc last month (to 6,193) while year-to-date imports are down 1.84pc (12,579).
New electric car registrations increased in February – to 813 – compared with 390 for February 2020.
That brings the total so far this year to 1,791 – a 39.8pc increase on 2020 with hybrid and PHEVs continuing to increase their market share.
The Toyota Yaris is this year’s European Car of the Year. It edged out a competitive field by chalking up 266 points.
It had a little to spare over the new Fiat 500 which harvested 240 points with the Cupra Formentor just behind on 239.
Other nominees included the Citroën C4 (143 points), Land Rover Defender (164), Škoda Octavia (199) and Volkswagen ID.3 (224).
As a sign of the times, four models on the shortlist were either electric or hybrid.
The most searched for cars on two major digital platforms are revealed today. Both found the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus led the way.
Most popular on CarsIreland after that were the BMW 5 series, Mercedes E-Class, Nissan Qashqai, Audi A4, Audi A6, Volkswagen Passat, Hyundai Tucson and Skoda Ocatvia.
According to Cartell Carstat, top searches for the year-to-date were Focus, Golf, Passat, Toyota Corolla, Audi A4, Ford Fiesta and Nissan Qashqai, Toyota Avensis, Yaris and Opel Astra.