Five car brands make up half the new car market, according to the latest official figures from the Central Statistics Offices.
The statistics also show that in the first two months of 2019, a total of 36,457 new private cars were licensed, a decrease of 13.8% compared with the same period last year. The number of used (imported) private cars licensed increased by 1.1% compared with the same period in 2018.
Volkswagen (1,624) was the most popular make of new private car licensed followed by Hyundai (1,581), Toyota (1,392), Skoda (1,343) and Ford (1,272). Together these five makes represent 50.9% of all new private cars licensed in February 2019.
In the first two months of 2019, 48.4% of all new private cars licensed were diesel while 92.3% of new private cars licensed in the same period were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands.
In February 2019, 14,178 new private cars were licensed, a drop of 14.1% compared with February 2018.
There was a decrease of 11.8% in the number of new goods vehicles licensed in February 2019 bringing the total to 2,736.
The total number of new vehicles licensed during February 2019 was 18,171 compared with 20,782 during the same month in 2018, a decrease of 12.6%.
The number of used imported private cars licensed increased by 0.8% compared with last February.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, new private cars licensed decreased by 0.5% in February 2019 compared with January 2019. The number of seasonally adjusted used (imported) private cars licensed decreased by 0.6% over the same period.
In February 2019, 0.1% of imported private cars licensed were less than one year old (vehicles previously registered abroad in 2019) while 961 (5.7%) were ten years or older.
There were 17,663 new diesel private cars licensed in the first two months of 2019, compared with 23,541 in the same period in 2018.
For used (imported) diesel private cars, the total licensed was 12,256 in the first two months of 2019. This compares with 13,027 in the same period last year.
Licensing and registration are different processes. A vehicle is licensed when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time whereas registration occurs when a vehicle gets its licence plate (registration number) for the first time.