The number of new private cars licensed for the first time fell again in October as imports continued to rise, new figures from the Central Statistics Office show.

Today's CSO figures show that a total of 2,874 new private cars were licensed last month, down 11.7% on the same month last year.

However, the number of used, or imported, private cars licensed increased by 4.9% to 9,067 from 8,644 in October 2017.

The October figures follows the trend that began shortly after Britain voted to leave the European Union, as the subsequent slump in the value of sterling made it more attractive to buy and import vehicles from the UK.

The CSO also reported a 10.4% increase in the number of new goods vehicles licensed in October of this year, bringing the total to 1,619. 

In the first ten months of this year,  a total of 118,732 new private cars were licensed, down 4.9% compared with the same period last year. The number of used private cars licensed increased by 8.7% to 84,502.  

Today's figures also show that Volkswagen was the most popular make of new private cars licensed followed by Ford, Skoda, Renault and Nissan in October. 



Together these five makes represent 43.2% of all new private cars licensed last month.

The CSO also noted that in the first ten months of 2018, 54.3% of new private cars licensed were diesel, while 94.6% of new private cars licensed in the same period were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands.