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Press Statement


11 October 2017

Vehicles licensed for the first time September 2017

Decrease of 10.3% in new private cars licensed up to the end of Q3 2017
  • In the first nine months of 2017, a total of 121,595 new private cars were licensed, a drop of 10.3% compared with the same period last year. In September 2017, the number of new private cars licensed fell by 17.4% compared with September 2016.
  • On a seasonally adjusted basis, new private cars licensed recorded no change in September 2017 compared with August 2017.

Go to release: Vehicles licensed for the first time September 2017

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) today (Wednesday 11th October 2017) published Vehicles licensed for the first time for September 2017 that included seasonally adjusted data which allows monthly comparisons. Additional analysis on used (imported) private cars was also provided.

Brendan Curtin, Statistician commented: "Since 2010, one third (33.9%) of all private cars licensed for the first time were secondhand (imported) vehicles, and of these, three to five year old vehicles were the most popular.

In the first nine months of 2017, just one percent were less than one year old, while over five percent were ten years or older (vehicles first registered outside of Ireland before 2008). Eight out of ten (79.1%) imported private cars were diesel, while electric vehicles made up just half of one percent."

Seasonally adjusted and trend data can be found in the new StatBank interactive table TEM21.

For further information contact:

Brendan Curtin (+353) 21 453 5120 or Noreen Dorgan (+353) 21 453 5260

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