New registrations of motor vehicles fell by 28.1 per cent last year compared to 2012 according to the statistical services.
The total number of newly registered vehicles in 2013 came to 18,567 in comparison to 25,829 the previous year.
The number of privately owned saloon cars that were registered last year fell by 29.6 per cent, reaching 13,679 in total compared to 19,420 in 2012. Of those saloon cars, 6,245 or 45.7 per cent were brand new while 7,422 or 54.3 per cent were second hand cars.
Registrations of vans and trucks came to 1,646 in 2013 compared to 2,517 in 2012 which is a decrease of 34.6 per cent.
The number of light duty trucks registered fell by 33.7 per cent, reaching 1,380 in 2013 compared to 2,083 in 2012.
Heavy-duty truck registrations fell by 31.1 per cent to 206 last year, from 299 the year before.
Tow-truck registrations decreased by 55.6 per cent to 60 in 2013 compares to 135 in 2012.
According to the statistical services registrations of motorbike over 50cc fell by 21.6 per cent to 207 last year compares to 264 the previous year. The number of registrations of motorbikes under 50cc decreased by 19.2 per cent, reaching 1,675 in 2013 compares to 2,074 in 2012.