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Vehicle registrations - Ireland. April of 2017

Fewer April private car sales in Ireland

In April, vehicle registrations in Ireland fell by 4.16% with respect to April of 2016. In total, 166,249 cars were registered and 166,249 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 4.16% less than the year before.

The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of April is:

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 29,004, 0.46% less than in April of 2016.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 7,842, which represents a figure of 24.65% less than in April of 2016.

Ireland is the 22th-placed country in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.

A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Irish residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 35.42 cars per 1,000 residents, 35.42 of them in the last month, Ireland, occupies 16th place in the ranking.

As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .

Changes in Irish vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have declined since 2007, as 232,989 were registered that year, as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 53.68.

Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in Ireland. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about Ireland in en Irish economy.

Ireland - New motor vehicle registrations
DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
< 2016
April 20171,9397,8429,7812.0829,004137,245166,24935.42
March 20173,41419,89623,3104.9729,684139,811169,49536.12
February 20172,76817,08519,8534.2330,015141,447171,46236.54
January 20176,82338,99145,8149.7630,977145,938176,91537.70
December 20162774307070.1530,342146,759177,10137.74
November 20167357471,4820.3130,349146,671177,02037.47
October 20161,3062,2413,5470.7530,316146,872177,18837.50
September 20161,8424,6896,5311.3830,368147,193177,56137.58
August 20162,0607,3029,3621.9830,290147,279177,56937.58
July 20164,72629,89334,6197.3330,037146,385176,42237.34
June 20169741,6252,5990.5529,366144,085173,45136.71
May 20162,1406,5048,6441.8329,349143,908173,25736.67
Ireland - New motor vehicle registrations