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News : Irish Economy Last Updated: Apr 12, 2011 - 5:32 PM


No change in new Irish private cars licensed in March
By Finfacts Team
Apr 12, 2011 - 4:06 PM

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There were 12,390 new private cars licensed in March 2011, compared with 12,379 in March 2010, an increase of just 0.1%. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) says the number of new goods vehicles licensed in March 2011 was 1,179 compared with 1,331 in the corresponding month last year - a decrease of 11.4%.

The industry group, the SIMI,  announced an increase of 2,200 jobs in the industry and
speaking at the announcement, SIMI’s president, Eddie Murphy (MD & chairman of Ford Ireland) said: “The increase can be compared to another Google opening up here, that’s how significant it is. These jobs represent a saving of €55million for the Government.”

“Undoubtedly the reason businesses have been able to take on any staff is the introduction of the government Scrappage Scheme last year. New car sales have a direct impact on employment; an increase in car sales means an increase in jobs.”

Figures released for the first quarter of the year show that 47,996 new cars have been sold so far, an increase of 14% on last year .

“The first three months of the year are the most crucial in our industry and it is clear that Scrappage is continuing to be a big draw for motorists, with asking prices being so good. This year will still be a challenging one but I predict an improvement in new car sales this year. Hopefully, as levels of business begin to return to normal, more and more companies can continue to expand and reemploy.”

Today's licensing figures also show that:
  • In March 2011, the total number of all vehicles licensed was 19,307 compared with 20,711 in the corresponding month last year - a decrease of 6.8%. See Table 1 below.
  • The total number of all new vehicles licensed during March 2011 was 14,483 compared with 14,665 during the same month in 2010 - a decrease of 1.2%.
  • In March 2011, of the 12,390 new private cars licensed, 3,498 (28.2%) were petrol and 8,595 (69.4%) were diesel. See Table 2 below.
  • The highest number of new private cars licensed in March 2011, classified by make, was Toyota (1,551) followed by Volkswagen (1,463), Renault (1,422) and Ford (1,191). See Table 3 below.

The licensing figures refer to vehicles taxed for road use only and classified by taxation class.

Table 1: Number of vehicles licensed for the first time classified by taxation class
Taxation Class March January to March
2009 2010 2011 2009 2010 2011
New Vehicles            
New Private Cars 7,345 12,379 12,390 27,134 34,555 39,484
New Goods Vehicles 914 1,331 1,179 2,987 3,841 3,497
New Tractors 208 154 173 646 392 437
New Motor Cycles 224 167 140 611 355 329
New Exempt Vehicles 491 538 518 1,388 1,410 1,344
New Other 124 96 83 546 235 264
Total New Vehicles 9,306 14,665 14,483 33,312 40,788 45,355
             
Used (imported) Vehicles            
Used Private Cars 5,453 4,109 3,503 15,454 10,398 9,380
Used Goods Vehicles 1,352 955 466 3,532 2,399 1,405
Used Tractors 243 210 240 690 541 581
Used Motorcycles 368 298 201 843 608 440
Used Other Vehicles 609 474 414 1,445 1,068 964
Total Used vehicles 8,025 6,046 4,824 21,964 15,014 12,770
             
Total All Vehicles 17,331 20,711 19,307 55,276 55,802 58,125

Footnotes:
Note: The information in this table is available in much greater detail in Databases (see Release Links above)

 
Table 2A: Number of new private cars licensed for the first time by CO2 emission band and fuel type, March 2011
Band Fuel Type   Total
Petrol Diesel Petrol & Electric Petrol & Ethanol Electric Other
A 1,139 4,030 67 0 0 0 5,236
B 2,137 3,613 8 220 0 0 5,978
C 141 486 1 0 0 0 628
D 57 262 0 1 0 0 320
E 12 93 0 0 0 0 105
F 5 64 0 0 0 0 69
G 5 27 0 0 0 0 32
Not available1 2 20 0 0 0 0 22
Total 3,498 8,595 76 221 0 0 12,390

Footnotes:
Note: The information in this table is available in much greater detail in Databases (see Release Links above)
1: Emission bands are only available for vehicles registered as category A (see Background Notes for more information).
 
Table 2B: Number of new private cars licensed for the first time by CO2 emission band and fuel type, January to March 2011
Band Fuel Type   Total
Petrol Diesel Petrol & Electric Petrol & Ethanol Electric Other
A 3,269 12,584 145 0 0 0 15,998
B 6,909 12,108 59 539 0 0 19,615
C 456 1,642 9 0 0 0 2,107
D 156 862 0 4 0 0 1,022
E 49 315 0 0 0 0 364
F 20 186 0 0 0 0 206
G 16 82 0 0 0 0 98
Not available1 5 69 0 0 0 0 74
Total 10,880 27,848 213 543 0 0 39,484

Footnotes:
Note: The information in this table is available in much greater detail in Databases (see Release Links above)
1: Emission bands are only available for vehicles registered as category A (see Background Notes for more information).
 
Table 3: Number of new and used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time by make, March 2011
Make March January to March
New Used (imported) Total New Used (imported) Total
Audi 429 325 754 1,253 859 2,112
BMW 502 292 794 1,673 748 2,421
Chevrolet 75 2 77 243 3 246
Citroen 209 127 336 644 328 972
Fiat 111 18 129 432 51 483
Ford 1,191 596 1,787 4,128 1,501 5,629
Honda 103 138 241 440 365 805
Hyundai 476 22 498 1,681 57 1,738
Kia 366 21 387 1,151 62 1,213
Lexus 61 15 76 191 42 233
Mazda 221 39 260 821 111 932
Mercedes-Benz 273 104 377 932 244 1,176
Mitsubishi 81 23 104 273 56 329
Nissan 1,139 64 1,203 2,992 208 3,200
Opel 823 10 833 2,522 24 2,546
Peugeot 345 212 557 1,144 550 1,694
Renault 1,422 134 1,556 3,771 343 4,114
Seat 295 28 323 865 99 964
Skoda 786 61 847 2,252 182 2,434
Subaru 25 4 29 102 26 128
Suzuki 74 16 90 226 39 265
Toyota 1,551 368 1,919 6,119 1,075 7,194
Vauxhall 1 200 201 1 580 581
Volkswagen 1,463 512 1,975 4,599 1,357 5,956
Volvo 152 43 195 445 121 566
Other 216 129 345 584 349 933
Total 12,390 3,503 15,893 39,484 9,380 48,864

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