Provisional figures from the Irish motor industry for September 2001 show that 5,452 new cars were registered during the month -that's a decline of just over 42% compared to 9,199 registered for the same month in 2000. A total of 155, 634 new cars have now been registered during the period Jan.-Sept. compared to 219,462 during the first nine months of the year 2001, a decrease of 29.1%. Last year the motor industry in Ireland enjoyed its best ever year.