In December, vehicle registrations in Ireland grew by 31.5% with respect to December of 2021. In total, 622 cars were registered and 131,496 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 3.58% less than the year before.
The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of December is:
- Commercial vehicles sold: 413, 12.53% more than in December of 2021.
- Passenger cars regitrations: 209, which represents a figure of 97.17% more than in December of 2021.
Ireland is the 49th-placed country in ranking of 137 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 25.32 cars per 1,000 residents, 0.12 of them in the last month, Ireland, occupies 22th 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 grown since 2012, as 91,732 were produced that year as have the number of registrations per thousand residents, which that year numbered 19.9.
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.