Sales of new cars up by 20% in Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Sales of new cars up by 20% in Limerick

New cars registered in Limerick last month increased by more than 20%

NEW figures show the number of new cars registered in Limerick last month increased by more than 20% when compared to the same month last year writes David Hurley.

According to the Central Statistics Office (CSO), a total of 774 new cars were registered within the administrative area of Limerick City and County Council during July – up from 643 in July 2015.

A further 202 second-hand cars were registered in Limerick for the first time last month having been imported by their owners. 

All of the cars which were registered have been allocated ‘162’ registration plates in contrast to cars sold during the first six months of the year which were allocated “161” registration plates. 

An analysis of the CSO figures shows Nissan was the most popular manufacturer among car-buyers in Limerick during July.

Of the 774 new cars registered, 142 were manufactured by the Japanese company. Hyundai ranked second accounting for 93 new registrations while Toyota ranked third with 90.

At the luxury end of the market, BMW shared top spot locally with 20 cars each. Three Jaguar-manufactured cars were registered in Limerick during July.

According the the CSO the vast majority (583) of the new cars registered in Limerick during July have diesel engines and were within the A or B C02 emission bands.

Nationally, 22,462 new private cars were licensed for the first time – representing an increase of 5.5% compared with July 2015. The number of new cars registered in Limerick represents 3.4% of the national total.

A total of 5,637 used (imported) private cars were licensed, representing a rise of 38.3% on the same month last year.

The figures from the CSO show that a total of 3,848 new cars were registered in Limerick during the first six months of 2016. Of those, 1,158 were registered in January.

In addition to private cars, a total of 96 new goods vehicles were registered in Limerick last month – up from 78 in July 2015.

Ford was the highest-ranked manufacturer in Limerick with 24 new vehicles registered.