Irish Economy
Irish cars licensed in August 2013 rose by 20.6% to 4,504
By Finfacts Team
Sep 6, 2013 - 3:31 PM

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The number of new private cars licensed for the first time increased by 20.6% to 4,504 in August 2013 compared to August 2012. Used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time were up 48.1% to 4,422 for the same period, according to the CSO today. In total, there were 63,313 new private cars licensed in the year to the end of August 2013, a fall of 8.0% compared to the same period in 2012. The corresponding figure for 2013 in respect of used (imported) private cars was 32,702 and this was up 29.0% from 2012.

Alan Nolan, director general of SIMI, the industry group, said this week: “With the momentum from July carrying over to August, and the introduction of the new number plate, we are pleased with the increase in sales in August. July and August accounted for 22% of new car sales so far this year, compared to just 10% for the same period last year, so the new plate is spreading sales, which was the main aim of its introduction.”
Despite the increase in the last 2 months, the year as a whole however is down nearly 8%. 68,544 new cars have been sold so far this year, compared to 74,234 last year. 

The CSO said licensing figures also show that:

  • The number of new goods vehicles licensed in August 2013 was 1,018, up 12.1% from August 2012;
    In August 2013, the total number of all vehicles licensed was 12,519 compared with 9,335 in the corresponding month last year – an increase of 34.1%;
  • The total number of all new vehicles licensed during August 2013 was 6,416 compared with 5,341 during the same month in 2012 - an increase of 20.1%;
  • In August 2013, the total number of used (imported) private cars licensed was 4,422 compared with 2,985 during August 2012 - an increase of 48.1%;
  • In August 2013, of the 4,504 new private cars licensed, 1,097 (24.4%) were petrol and 3,343 (74.2%) were diesel;
  • The highest number of new private cars licensed in August 2013, classified by make, was Volkswagen (563) followed by Toyota (465), Ford (412) and Hyundai (325).

The CSO said it should be noted that licensing differs from registration in that a vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time. Registration occurs when a vehicle gets its licence plate (registration number) for the first time.

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