Increase in new car registrations
The number of new cars licensed so far this year has risen to almost 70,000.
Official figures have shown more than 7,000 were licensed last month, a dip from June but up 60% from July 2009.
There was a 3.8% rise in new goods vehicles licensed, up to 871, while a further 3,382 used or imported cars were registered. The most popular new cars in July were Volkswagens, with 911 licensed, followed by Opel with 898, Ford with 774 and Toyota on 687.
Central Statistics Office figures revealed that 93,473 cars have been licensed since January - made up of 68,379 new and 25,094 used or imported.