THERE WAS A 16 per cent decrease in the number of new private cars licensed in April, according to newly released figures from the Central Statistics Office.
Last month there were 9,388 new private cars licensed, compared with 11,171 in April 2011.
Some 1,047 new goods vehicles were licensed in April 2012 compared with 1,219 in the corresponding period last year – marking a decrease of 14.1 per cent.
The licensing figures show that, last month, the number of all vehicles licensed totalled 15,417 compared with 18,321 in the corresponding month last year (- 15.9 per cent).
The total number of all new vehicles licensed during April 2012 was 11,263 compared with 13,246 during the same month in 2011 (- 15.0 per cent).
In April, of the 9,388 new private cars licensed, 2,091 (22.3 per cent) were petrol and 7,018 (74.8 per cent) were diesel.
Classified by make, the highest number of new private cars licensed in April 2012was Volkswagen (1,338) followed by Nissan (928), Toyota (827) and Renault (789).