27.4% increase in new vehicles licensed during first five months of 2014 - CSO

Monday 09 June 2014 11.28
Volkswagen vehicles made up almost 12% of all those licensed in the first five months of the year
Volkswagen vehicles made up almost 12% of all those licensed in the first five months of the year

Almost 59,000 new cars were licensed in the first five months of the year, according to the Central Statistics Office, a 27.4% rise on the same period of last year.

More than 7,600 of those were licensed last month- 9.5% higher than in May 2013.

The number of used cars imported into the country between January and May was also significantly higher - up 18.4% at almost 23,100.

Meanwhile, more than 7,600 new goods vehicles were licensed in the year to May - up more than 43% on the same period of 2013.

The number of new tractors licensed also increased during the period, up 23% to 1,154.

According to the CSO, Volkswagen was the most popular brand in the first five months of the year, representing almost 12% of all vehicles licensed in the period.

Toyota vehicles represented 11% of all those licensed, while Ford represented almost 10%.

The CSO's licensing figures relate to the first issuance of a motor tax disc for a new or newly imported vehicle.