The number of new cars taxed for the first time increased by almost 13% last month — as car sales show no signs of slowing down.
According to figures from the CSO, there were 14,847 new private cars licensed for the first time last month — an increase of 12.8% compared with the same month last year. A total of 5,626 used (imported) private cars were licensed, an increase of over 40% on the same month in 2015.
In the first four months of 2016, 83,222 new private cars were licensed, a rise of 26.7% compared with the same period last year. The number of used (imported) private cars licensed rose by 15.8% compared with the same period in 2015.
Despite the emissions scandal, Volkswagen (1,961) was the most popular make of new private cars licensed in April, followed by Ford (1,383), Nissan (1,279), Hyundai (1,173), and Toyota (1,150). Together these five makes represent 46.8% of all new private cars licensed in the country last month.
Between January and the end of April, seven of every ten new private cars licensed were diesel, while 96.3% of new private cars licensed in the same period were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands.
The total number of new vehicles licensed during April was 19,144, compared with 16,465 during the same month in 2015, an increase of 16.3%. There was a 33.9% rise in the number of new goods vehicles licensed in April, bringing the total to 3,116.
The figures come as a report by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry and Donedeal last month revealed new car registrations in the first three months of the year had increased by over 29% to 64,714.
Every county has experienced a strong growth in sales, with Longford showing the strongest growth at 47.2%. Wexford is some way behind the trend with the lowest growth rate of just 12.8%.
Dublin accounts for 37.7% of the national market, with Cork a distant second at 12.5%.
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