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'131' plates don't seem to be working as new car sales down 11.2% in May

Three out of every fours cars sold are now diesel.

Image: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

THERE WERE 7,095 new private cars licensed last month, a fall of 11.2 per cent when compared with the 7,986 cars licensed in May last year.

However, the number of new goods vehicles licensed last month was 1,174, up 11.9 per cent in comparison with May 2012.

According  to figures from the Central Statistics Office, in May, the total number of all vehicles licensed was 14,996 compared with 14,412 the corresponding month last year – an increase of 4.1 per cent.

Out of the 7,095 new private cars licensed in May, 25.5 per cent were petrol and 73.7 per cent were diesel.

The highest number of new private cars licensed last month, were Volkswagen at 909, followed by Hyundai  (787), Ford (644) and Toyota (635).

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