Workers conduct a final check on vehicles before they go off the production line at an assembly workshop of a passenger vehicle manufacturing base of Dongfeng Liuzhou Motor Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor Group, Jan. 2018. (Photo from CFP)
Workers conduct a final check on vehicles before they go off the production line at an assembly workshop of a passenger vehicle manufacturing base of Dongfeng Liuzhou Motor Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor Group, Jan. 2018. (Photo from CFP)

A total of 283,739 units of vehicles were sold in Ireland in 2018, up slightly by 1.39 percent over 2017, according to the latest figures released by the country’s national statistics bureau CSO.

Among all the vehicles sold last year, the new vehicles accounted for 157,865 units, down 2.5 percent compared with the previous year while the used or second-hand ones were 125,874 units, up by 6.7 percent year-on-year.

Of all the new vehicles sold in 2018, private cars accounted for 121,157 units or nearly 77 percent, with the remaining to be balanced by goods vehicles (25,459) and other unidentified types of vehicles. The sales of new private cars witnessed a year-on-year fall of 4.6 percent while that of the goods vehicles registered an increase of 5.6 percent.

Sales of both used private cars and used goods vehicles increased in 2018. Last year 99,456 used private cars and 14,859 used goods vehicles were sold in Ireland, up 7.5 percent and 4.9 percent respectively compared to 2017.

The CSO figures also showed that Volkswagen was the most popular car make on the local new private car market, with its 2018 sales reaching 13,496 units, followed by Toyota (11,484), Hyundai (10,950), Ford (10,746), and Nissan (9,277).

The combined sales of these five makes accounted for 46.2 percent of all the new private cars sold in the country in 2018, it said. Enditem

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