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Huge increase in number of people buying new cars compared to last year

There was an increase of over 27% in the number of new vehicles licensed up until May this year compared to 2013.

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THERE WAS A huge jump in the number of new cars licensed up until May this year compared to the same period in 2013.

Figures from the Central Statistics Office show that 58,890 new cars were licensed in the first five months of this year.

That’s an increase of 27.4 per cent compared to the same period last year.

That figure in respect of used cars was 23,099, an increase of 18.4 per cent from 2013.


The number of new private cars licensed for the first time in May this year increased by 9.5 per cent to 7,767 compared to May 2013.

The numbers of used cars licensed this May also increased, they rose by 7.5 per cent to 4,945 compared to last May.

New Cars

Of the 7,767 new private cars licensed in May 2014:

  •  2,120 (27.3 per cent) were petrol
  • 5,549 (71.4 per cent) were diesel

The top four most popular new cars licensed in May 2014 were:

  • Ford (957)
  • Volkswagen (941)
  • Toyota (845)
  • Hyundai (619)


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