New figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of new private cars licensed for the first time in October rose by 2.9% compared to the same time last year.

A total of 4,056 new private cars were licensed in October, while the number of used or imported private cars jumped by over 67% to 6,753.

The number of new goods vehicles sold last month rose by 19.9% compared to the same time last year, bringing the total to 1,953.

Today's figures show that seven out of every ten new cars sold were diesel during the first ten months of the year.

Volkswagen was the most popular make of new private car licensed in October, followed by Ford Nissan, Opel and Renault. The CSO noted that these five makes represented 41.89% of all new private cars licensed. 

In the first ten months of the year, a total of 140,11 new private cars were licensed, up 18.3% on the same time last year.

The number of used cars licensed rose by 38.1% over the same ten month period.

The CSO pointed out that licensing differs from registration in that a vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time. Registration occurs when a vehicle gets its registration number for the first time.