New car sales were up by 23% in the first half of this year.
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has said over 100,000 cars were sold between January and June, up from just over 80,000 on the same period in 2015.
The body said at the start of the year that it expected 150,000 vehicles would be sold this year.
It has said today's figures show the sector is on track to meet that target.
“At the start of the year we predicted that this year’s registration numbers should reach 150,000 for the first time since 2008 and these figurers keep us on track to deliver that,” said Alan Nolan SIMI Director General.
“From today of course the focus turns to the 162 registration period. This year promises to be the first normal year of registrations since the recession and with the range of attractive offers available across all brands we are confident that 162 will also deliver in the coming months.”
You can read the figures in full here.