Tuesday 28 March 2017

Volkswagen still most popular car brand in country, despite emissions scandal

Volkswagen's ordinary shares fell 3.37% in midday trading in Europe to 108.90 euro per share
Volkswagen's ordinary shares fell 3.37% in midday trading in Europe to 108.90 euro per share

Paul Melia Environment Editor

VOLKSWAGEN remains the most popular make of new car registered despite the emissions scandal.

New figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that 473 VWs were registered in October, as the number of new cars coming onto the market continues to soar.

In October this year, some 3,943 new private cars were licensed for the first time, an increase of 27.9pc compared with October 2014.

A total of 4,035 used and imported private cars were licensed, representing a fall of 6.8pc on the same month of last year.

Volkswagen (473) was the most popular make of new private cars licensed in October, followed by Ford (396), BMW (283), Opel (280) and Skoda (278).

Together these five marques represent 43.4pc of all new private cars licensed in October.

Volkswagen shares have fallen after it emerged that as many as 11 million cars were fitted with software which allowed them to cheat on emissions tests.

The software would reduce emissions when the car was placed on a test stand, and then allow higher emissions during normal driving.

In the first ten months of 2015, 118,389 new private cars were licensed, a rise of 31.6pc compared with the same period last year.

The number of used (imported) private cars licensed fell by 11.7pc compared with the same period in 2014.

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