The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has launched a new online application that allows the public to view car licensing data for Ireland and check the rankings for particular models.

‘Ireland’s Top Motors’ provides access to interesting information on vehicle model, fuel type, colour and more.

This licensing data differs a little from the new car registration data released monthly by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Registration occurs when a vehicle gets its registration number for the first time; licensing occurs when a valid motor tax disc is issued for the first time.

The new online application from the CSO presents annual data on private cars, commercial vehicles, motorcycles and tractors in graphical form.

Information on the ranking of car models from as far back as January 2014 can be viewed in the new statbank table.

New car licensing data from the CSO shows that there were 83,761 private cars licensed in Ireland in the first five months of 2017. This is a drop of 10.3% on the same period last year, but the number of imported private cars licensed has risen by 49.6%.

The top five new car models licensed in May 2017 were the Nissan Qashqai, Hyundai Tucson, Skoda Octavia, Renault Clio and the Ford Fiesta.

Caroline Kidd