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Irish people aren't going to let the emissions scandal stop them buying Volkswagens

Last month 12% of all new cars licensed were Volkswagen.

NEW FIGURES FROM the Central Statistics Office have shown that Irish consumer confidence in Volkswagen remains relatively undented by the emissions scandal.

Last month 12% of all cars licensed in Ireland were made by the German manufacturer – with 473 of the vehicles being sold in total.

This was a decrease of only 0.6% from its sales figures from the same period last year, when Volkswagen accounted for 12.6% of all sales.

The figures for last month are the first time sales have been measured in Ireland since the scandal broke in September.

It was announced at the start of last month that as many as 80,000 Volkswagens in Ireland would be recalled in response to the scandal.

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Total sales

Last month 3,943 new private cars were licensed, an increase of 27.9% from the same period last year, when 3,082 cars were licensed.

There was also an upswing in the sale of goods vehicles last month, with 11% more sold than in the same period in 2014.

In 2015 up to October there has been an overall trend of increasing car sales – with almost 30,000 more cars sold this year than last year.

What other cars are people buying? 

Out of the other new vehicles licensed last month, Ford took a 10% market share, BMW 7.2%, Opel 7.1% and Skoda 7.1%.

While Volkswagen were the most popular single car manufacturer, more than half of the market for newly licensed vehicles is taken up by cars outside of the main brands.

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