The CSO reported today that there were 1,304 new private cars licensed in Ireland, in December 2007 compared with 1,509 in December, 2006, a decrease of 13.6%. In the year 2007, the year of the SSIA saving windfalls, there were 180,872 new private cars licensed, an increase of 4.4% on 2006.
First licensing of second-hand private cars decreased by 176 (4.9%) on the same month last year and increased by 4510 (8.3%) in the year 2007 when compared with 2006.
New goods vehicles licensed decreased by 339 (29.5%) in December 2007 when compared with December 2006 and increased by 2,433 (5.6%) in the year 2007 by comparison with 2006.
The vehicle licensing figures also show that:
In the year 2007, the total number of all vehicles licensed was 334,221 compared with 316,140 in the year 2006, an increase of 5.7%.
The highest number of new private cars licensed in December, classified by make, was Nissan (237), followed by Volkswagen (166), Opel (120), Toyota (89) and Kia (76).
The licensing figures refer to vehicles taxed for road use only and are classified by taxation class.