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Increase of 17% in new private cars licensed in September

Volkswagen was the most popular make of new vehicle licensed in September.

THE LATEST FIGURES from the Central Statistics Office shows that the number of of new private cars licensed for the first time increased by 17 per cent to 3,257 in September 2013 compared to September 2012.

Used cars that were imported to Ireland but were licensed in the country for the first time were also up by 59.6 per cent to 4,735 for the same period.

However, in total, there were 66,570 new private cars licensed in the year to the end of September 2013. This is a fall of 7 per cent compared to the same period in 2012.

In respect to used imported private cars licensed in 2013, there was 37,437 – this was up 32.1 per cent from 2012.

More than double

For the month of September, the total number of vehicles licensed was 16,659. Last September a total of 7,916 were licensed, resulting in an increase of 110.4 per cent.

When looking at the number of new vehicles licensed in September 2013, there was 6,636. In September there was just 3,999 – an increase of 65.9 per cent.

Volkswagen was the most popular make of vehicle licensed in September. There was 476 new Volkswagens licensed. This was followed by BMW (321), Toyota (310) and Skoda (265).

Licensing differs from registration in that a vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time. Registration occurs when a vehicle gets its licence plate for the first time.

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