New car sales in Ireland for the first nine months of 2011 increased 4.76 per cent compared with last year with 87,182 newregistrations. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) said that, on a monthly basis, new car sales in September 2011 were down 35.3% compared with the previous year with a significant drop in sales since the Irish scrappage scheme ended in June 2011.Sales in Ireland in September 2011 were just 2,775 compared to 4,289 in the previous year.In early 2011 Toyotawas the most popular car brand in Ireland with 13% of all new motor registrations, followed by Volkswagen with 12.4 %, Ford with 11.8% and Renault with 9.6 %. The most popular cars in Ireland are the Ford Focus, the VW Golf and the Toyota Avensis. Sales in both Donegal and Kerry were down 9 per cent while sales in Dublin increased 12.2 % to 32,822 and 12.7% in Kilkenny.Irish buyers prefer diesel models as 64 per cent of new cars sold this year were diesel compared to 32 per cent petrol. Only 3.3 % of new vehicles registered were flexifuel, with hybrids making up just 0.8 per cent of new sales and electric cars registered so far this year.