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A LOT of new cars have been bought in Ireland this year

Over 20,000 more new cars have been bought in Ireland so far this year, compared with 2013.

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ALMOST 90,000 NEW cars have been sold in Ireland so far this year.

From January-September 86,894 new private cars were registered in the Republic, up from 66,570 cars in the same period in 2013 – an increase of 30.5%.

Figures released today by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that some 13,394 new goods vehicles were registered in the first nine months of the year, up from 9,041 in the same period last year.

In September 2014, 4,376 new private cars were licensed, up from 3,257 in September 2013 – a 34.4% increase.

new cars sept 2014 cso Source: CSO

The number of used (imported) cars licensed in 2014 stands at 41,134, up 9.9% from 2013. However, last month just 4,376 of these cars were registered for the first time – a decrease of 7.6% on September 2013.

Most popular make

The most popular make of cars registered in Ireland is Volkswagen. For the 12 months to the end of September 2014, Volkswagen ranked highest with 10,571 new private cars. It  was followed by Toyota (9,214), Ford (8,657) and Hyundai (7,174).

Last month, 592 new Volkswagen cars were registered, followed by Toyota (376), Ford (354) and Renault (323).

oprah-free-car Oprah was delighted with the news. Source: KnowYourMeme.com

In September 2014, the total number of all vehicles licensed was 12,395, compared with 16,659 in the corresponding month last year – a decrease of 25.6%.

The September 2013 figures were influenced by the expiry of the three month transition period for motor tax gapping provided for in the Non-Use of Motor Vehicles Act 2013 at the end of that month.

The total number of vehicles registered so far this year, including cars, motorbikes and tractors was 108,209 – up from 84,302 in the same period last year.

cso cars Source: CSO

Diesel cars are proving more popular that their petrol counterparts – with over 63,000 sold, compared with about 22,000. Some 200 electric cars have been registered so far in 2014.

cso cars fuel Source: CSO

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