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CSO statistical release, 10 February 2017, 11am

Vehicles licensed for the first time

January 2017

New VehiclesJanuary
20162017Change
New private cars27,10626,668-438-1.6%
New goods vehicles2,7893,0162278.1%
Total new vehicles31,15030,879-271-0.9%

Decrease of 1.6% in new private cars licensed in January 2017

Figure 1 VLFTM - New private cars licensed for the first time
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The number of new private cars licensed for the first time fell by 1.6% to 26,668 in January 2017 compared with January 2016.

The number of used (imported) private cars licensed in January 2017 was 6,798, an increase of 76.7% when compared with January 2016.

The licensing figures also show that:

  • Toyota (3,411) was the most popular make of new private cars licensed in January, followed by Ford (3,047), Hyundai (3,042), Volkswagen (2,339) and Nissan (2,150). Together these five makes represented more than half (52.5%) of new private cars licensed. See table 3.
  • In January 2017, almost two thirds (65.1%) of all new private cars licensed were diesel while 96.4% of new private cars licensed in the same period were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands. See table 2.
  • The total number of new vehicles licensed during January 2017 was 30,879 compared with 31,150 during the same month in 2016 – a decrease of 0.9%. See table 1.
  • The number of new goods vehicles licensed in January 2017 was 3,016, an increase of 8.1%.
  • In January 2017, the total number of all vehicles licensed was 39,619 compared with 36,096 in the corresponding month last year - an increase of 9.8%.

The licensing figures refer to vehicles taxed for road use only and classified by taxation class.

Licensing differs from registration in that a vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time. Registration occurs when a vehicle gets its licence plate (registration number) for the first time.
Most popular makes of new cars, January 2016
Toyota 13.5
Ford 12.4
Hyundai12.6
Volkswagen 8.7
Nissan 7.1
Other45.7
Most popular makes of new cars, January 2017
Toyota 12.8
Ford 11.4
Hyundai 11.4
Volkswagen 8.8
Nissan 8.1
Other47.5
Table 1: Number of vehicles licensed for the first time classified by taxation class
Taxation ClassJanuary
 201520162017
New vehicles   
New private cars 20,10527,10626,668
New goods vehicles 2,0502,7893,016
New tractors 197257194
New motorcycles 115162112
New exempt vehicles 567690719
New other 118146170
Total new vehicles 23,15231,15030,879
    
Used (imported) vehicles   
Used private cars 4,0013,8486,798
Used goods vehicles 6576391,107
Used tractors 139126221
Used motorcycles 84107210
Used other vehicles 285226404
Total used vehicles 5,1664,9468,740
    
Total all vehicles 28,31836,09639,619
Table 2: Number of new private cars licensed for the first time by CO2 emission band and fuel type, January 2017
BandFuel TypeTotal
PetrolDieselPetrol & electric hybridPetrol or Diesel plug-in hybrid electricDiesel & electric hybridElectricOther
A 5,29314,348942250107020,715
B 2,7082,2235400004,985
C 11054820000660
D 3610100000137
E 1811500000133
F 13190000032
G 42000006
Total8,18217,356998250107026,668
Table 3: Number of new and used (imported) private cars licensed for the first time by make, January 2017
MakeJanuary
NewUsed (imported)Total
    
Audi 8405851,425
BMW 6144441,058
Citroen 192189381
Dacia 64724671
Fiat 9434128
Ford 3,0479503,997
Honda 241186427
Hyundai 3,0423723,414
Jaguar 16022182
Kia 1,5721741,746
Land Rover 18124205
Lexus 11466180
Mazda 554115669
Mercedes Benz 1,1802981,478
Mini 7991170
Mitsubishi 17737214
Nissan 2,1503332,483
Opel 1,04721,049
Peugeot 649275924
Renault 1,4611311,592
Seat 70281783
Skoda 1,5091721,681
Ssangyong 29130
Subaru 41748
Suzuki 26431295
Toyota 3,4115783,989
Vauxhall 1471472
Volkswagen 2,3399033,242
Volvo 292129421
Other 3973112
Total 26,6686,79833,466
    
Footnote: The information in this table is available in much greater detail in Databases (see Statbank link below)

Background Notes

Source

The vehicle licensing figures are compiled from data supplied by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Driver and Vehicle Computer Services Division. The data provide details on the number of private cars, goods vehicles, motor cycles and other vehicles licensed for the first time in each city and county council, classified by make and size, during a given month.

History

The release titled 'Vehicles Licensed for the First Time' commenced in January 1993. It replaced the series previously published as 'Particulars of Vehicles Registered and Licensed for the First Time'.

In January 1993, separate systems for vehicle registration and licensing were introduced. The Office of the Revenue Commissioners became responsible for the compilation of vehicle registrations while the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government retained responsibility for vehicle licensing. In January 2008, responsibility for vehicle licensing was transferred to the Department of Transport (which later became the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport).

For new cars registered from 1 July 2008 motor tax charges are determined on the basis of the CO2 emission level, based on seven CO2 bands.  

The licensing process where applicable follows the registration process.

Vehicle Licensing versus Vehicle Registration

Registration and licensing figures may differ in a given month for a number of reasons, some of which are outlined below:

  • Vehicles which under the previous system would have been licensed in the latter part of a particular month may not now be licensed until a later month because of the time lapse between registration and first licensing.
  • Registered vehicles which are not used in a public place (e.g. tractors for use exclusively on the land) may not need to be licensed.

The question is often asked, which reflects better vehicle sales, licensing figures or registration figures?

In practice, on a monthly basis, the licensing data is probably a better reflection of sales. In some cases, a vehicle may be registered by a dealership in advance of a sale. Whereas, typically, vehicles are only licensed at the point of sale. However, if a vehicle is purchased towards the end of a month, the buyer may wish to defer collecting and licensing it until the start of the following month. So the issue is not clear-cut.

From 31 October 1999, detailed information on agricultural vehicles is no longer published in accordance with Commission Decision 92/157/EEC as upheld on 28 May 1998.

Definitions

Private cars:  The term 'private cars' in this release, refers to privately licensed vehicles which include hire, fleet and certain commercial vehicles.

Second-hand:  The term 'second-hand vehicles' in this release, refers to imported used vehicles which are licensed for use in a public place, in this country, for the first time.

Exempt:  The term 'exempt vehicles' in this release, refers to vehicles which are licensed for the first time but are exempt from liability to pay road tax.

Exempt vehicles can be divided into four main categories:

  • State-owned
  • Diplomatic
  • Fire services
  • Disabled Drivers

Machines or Contrivances:  Vehicles included under this category are mobile machines, forklifts, excavators and diggers.

Electric hybrid:  means a vehicle that derives its motive power from a combination of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine and is capable of being driven on electric propulsion alone for a material part of its normal driving cycle.

Plug-in electric hybrid:  means a vehicle that derives its motive power from a combination of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine, where the electric motor derives its power from a battery that may be charged from the internal combustion engine and an alternating current (AC) electric mains supply and is capable of being driven on electric propulsion alone for a material part of its normal driving cycle.

 

 

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