Increase of 1.8% in new private cars licensed in November 2019

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Figure 1 New private cars licensed for the first time

In November 2019, 1,676 new private cars were licensed for the first time, an increase of 1.8% compared with November 2018. A total of 9,874 used (imported) private cars were licensed, representing a rise of 16.3% on the same month last year.

In the first eleven months of 2019, 112,576 new private cars were licensed, a decrease of 6.5% compared with the same period last year. The number of used (imported) private cars licensed increased by 8.5% compared with the same period in 2018.

Electric and hybrid (alternative fuel) vehicles accounted for over ten percent (10.4%) of all private cars licensed in the first eleven months of 2019, compared with 6.8% in the same period in 2018. See table 6.10.5 %Volkswagen10.5 %Volkswagen9.2 %Skoda9.2 %Skoda7.6 %Ford7.6 %Ford7.5 %Opel7.5 %Opel7.1 %Renault7.1 %Renault58.1 %Other58.1 %OtherSource: CSO IrelandFigure 2 Distribution of new car makes November 201910.7 %Volkswagen10.7 %Volkswagen6.4 %Skoda6.4 %Skoda6.0 %Ford6.0 %Ford4.7 %Opel4.7 %Opel11.2 %Renault11.2 %Renault61.0 %Other61.0 %OtherSource: CSO IrelandFigure 3 Distribution of new car makes November 2018Volkswagen
Most popular makes of new cars, November 2018: 10.7

The licensing figures also show that:

  • Volkswagen (176) was the most popular make of new private cars licensed followed by Skoda (154), Ford (128), Opel (126) and Renault (119). Together these five makes represent 41.9% of all new private cars licensed in November 2019. See table 3.
  • In the first eleven months of 2019, 91.6% of new private cars licensed were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands, down from 94.6% in the same period in 2018. See table 2B.
  • The total number of new vehicles licensed during November 2019 was 3,384 compared with 3,277 during the same month in 2018, an increase of 3.3%. See table 1.
  • There was an increase of 4.1% in the number of new goods vehicles licensed in November 2019 compared with November 2018, bringing the total to 1,264.
  • On a seasonally adjusted basis, new private cars licensed increased by 3.4% in November 2019 compared with October 2019. The number of seasonally adjusted used (imported) private cars licensed decreased by 0.4% over the same period. See table 4 and figure 4.
  • In the first eleven months of 2019, 1.5% of imported private cars licensed were less than one year old (vehicles previously registered abroad in 2019) while 4,901 (4.9%) were ten years or older. See table 5 and figure 5.
  • Diesel vehicles accounted for 47.0% of all new private cars licensed in the first eleven months of 2019, compared with 54.3% in the same period in 2018. For used (imported) diesel private cars, the percentage licensed was 72.0% in the first eleven months of 2019. This compares with 75.6% in the same period last year. See table 6.
Licensing and registration are different processes. A vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time whereas registration occurs when a vehicle gets its licence plate (registration number) for the first time.

 Show Table 1 Number of vehicles licensed for the first time classified by taxation class Show Table 2A Number of new private cars licensed for the first time by CO2 emission band and fuel type, November 2019 Show Table 2B Number of new private cars licensed for the first time by CO2 emission band and fuel type, January-November 2019 Show Table 3 Number of new and used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time by make, November 2019November 2014January 2015March 2015May 2015July 2015September 2015November 2015January 2016March 2016May 2016July 2016September 2016November 2016January 2017March 2017May 2017July 2017September 2017November 2017January 2018March 2018May 2018July 2018September 2018November 2018January 2019March 2019May 2019July 2019September 2019November 2019Source: CSO IrelandFigure 4: Seasonally adjusted, unadjusted and trends
in new private cars licensed for the first timeUnadjusted dataAdjusted dataTrend010k20k30k

View StatBank interactive table Show Table 4 Seasonally adjusted number of vehicles licensed for the first time classified by taxation class<1 year old1-2 years old3-5 years old6-9 years oldOver 10 years oldSource: CSO IrelandFigure 5 Percentage of imported private cars by age group and by year
of registration licensed for the first time20152016201720182019 to date0204060%

Footnote: For the purpose of the analysis of the age profile of used (imported) private cars, calendar years were used to band the age groups. For example, a private car defined as less than one year old is an imported vehicle which has previously been registered abroad for the first time in the current calendar year. Show Table 5 Number of new and used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time Show Table 6 Number of new and used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time by fuel type Show Background Notes

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