A total of 4,118 new private cars were licensed in Kildare for the first time during 2020, according to new statistics from the CSO.
With 84,309 such vehicles licensed for the first time overall last year (a decrease of 25.6% compared with 2019), Kildare’s share is just under 5%.
And there was a drop of almost 9% when comparing 2019 to 2020 – 4,509 new private cars were licensed in the county for the first time during 2019.
Nationally, Volkswagen (10,253) was the most popular make of new private cars licensed in 2020, followed by Toyota (9,475), Hyundai (7,227), Skoda (6,887) and Ford (6,493). Together these five makes represent 47.8% of all new private cars licensed.
The most popular model was the Toyota Corolla, followed by the Volkswagen Tiguan and Hyundai Tucson.
January to June remained the most popular period for licensing new private cars (58.3%) in 2020, with more than half being licensed in the first quarter (52.4%). The most popular month was January (24.5%) followed by July (18.2%).
Electric and hybrid cars continue to grow in popularity. These two categories of vehicles combined accounted for 19.7% of new private cars licensed in 2020, compared with 12.7% in 2019. The number of new hybrid and new electric cars licensed between January and December grew by 1,754 (16.1%) and 497 (14.4%) respectively despite an overall drop in new cars licensed for the period.
The most popular colour for new private cars was grey (37.3%) followed by black (17.8%) and white (15.2%), and this was the same order as in 2019.
In 2020, 56.3% of imported private cars licensed were three to five years old, while 1.6% were less than one year old (vehicles previously registered abroad in 2020) and 4.7% ten years or older.
There were 36,208 new diesel private cars licensed in 2020, compared with 53,201 in 2019. For used (imported) diesel private cars, the total licensed was 50,886 in 2020. This compares with 78,315 the previous year.
The total number of new vehicles licensed during 2020 was 116,514 compared with 149,748 in 2019, a fall of 22.2%. The annual number of new goods vehicles licensed was down by 12.8% to 21,495 in 2020.