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New car sales speed up by 1.8% in November – CSO

The number of new private cars licensed for the first time rose by 1.8% in November, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show. 

The CSO said that a total of 1,676 new private cars were licensed for the first time, up from 1,647 the same month last year.

Meanwhile, a total of 9,874 used or imported private cars were licensed last month, a rise of 16.3% on the same time last year.

The CSO said that in the first eleven months of 2019, 112,576 new private cars were licensed – down 6.5% on the same time in 2018. 

And the number of used private cars licensed increased by 8.5% compared with the same time last year. 

Today’s figures show that electric and hybrid cars accounted for 10.4% of all private cars licensed in the first 11 months of the year, an increase of 6.8% on the same time last year. 

Diesel cars accounted for 47% of all new car sales in the 11 months to November, compared with 54.3% in the same time last  year. 

The figures also reveal that Volkswagen was the most popular make of new private cars licensed followed by Skoda, Ford, Opel and Renault. 

Together these five makes represent 41.9% of all new private cars licensed last month.

The CSO said that 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.

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