New car registrations for the month of February are down 11.1% compared to the same time last year, new figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show.

However, the number of electric cars continued to race higher, with a total of 330 new electric cars registered last month – an increase of over 358% on the figure of 72 the same time last year.

SIMI's figures reveal that new car registrations fell to 15,128 in February of this year compared to 17,011 the same time last year.

Registrations so far this year are down 12.2% on the same time last year.

Today's SIMI figures also show that used car imports slowed in February, falling by 0.4% to 8,861 from 8,900.

Meanwhile light commercial vehicles sales braked by 5.5% in February, while heavy goods vehicles rose by 9.5%. 

SIMI said the top five selling car brands in February were Volkswagen, Hyundai, Toyota, Ford and Skoda. 

The top selling car in February was the Hyundai Tucson, while grey was the most popular colour for new car registrations.