New car figures soar year-on-year... and Ireland has a clear favourite
Nissan was the most popular make of new car licensed with 1,498 sales
New figures show a nearly 20pc rise in the number of new cars this month when compared to the same period last year.
Data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that 13,794 cars were licensed this April, a 19.4pc rise when compared to April 2018.
The rise this month is a welcome change from the 7.6pc decrease in new sales overall for the first four months of this year when compared to last year.
Also, the number of goods vehicles (vans, and trucks) bought by the public continues to decreases with April sales down 17.2pc and a drop of nearly 10pc so far this year.
CSO also found that Nissan was the most popular make of new car licensed with 1,498 or 10.9 pc of sales, followed by Volkswagen (1,418), Toyota (1,386), Skoda (1,176) and Renault (988).
Together these five brands represent 46.9pc of all new private cars licensed in April 2019.
The number of used cars licensed this month rose by 3.6pc.
Finally CSO found that there were 30,875 new diesel cars bought in the first four months of 2019, compared with 39,102 in the same period in 2018.
The figures are based on cars licensed this year as opposed to when it when it was first registered.
A vehicle is licensed when it is first issued with a valid motor tax disk. A vehicle is registered when it gets its license plate for the first time.