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Monday 5 December 2016

Sales of new cars soar with Volkswagen top performer

The Volkswagen group said that individual customers will be contacted about what it called its
The Volkswagen group said that individual customers will be contacted about what it called its "action plan to correct the emissions characteristics of certain diesel vehicles"
Matthias Mueller vowed that 'we will overcome this crisis' but said it 'would not happen without pain' (AP)

A SURGE in new car sales has continued with sales rising a dramatic 35pc higher last month compared with sales in September last year.

But the number of imported used cars has fallen.

Volkswagen was the most popular make of new car sold last month, despite the admission by the global car maker that it had rigged diesel emissions tests.

In September this year, 5,924 new private cars of various makes were licensed for the first time.

A total of 3,743 imported used cars of different makes were licensed, representing a fall of 14.5pc on the same month last year.

In the first nine months of this year, 114,446 new private cars were licensed, a rise of 32pc compared with the same period last year.

Imported

The number of imported used private cars licensed fell by 12pc compared with the same period in 2014.

The licensing figures show that 845 new Volkswagen private cars were sold last month.

This was followed by Ford (545), Toyota (494), Nissan (488) and Opel (427).

Together these five makes of cars represent just under half of all new private cars licensed.

So far this year, seven out of every 10 new private cars licensed were diesel fuelled, while 95pc new private cars licensed in the same period were in the A/B CO2 emissions bands.

Overall, the total number of all-new vehicles licensed last month was 8,323 which, when compared with 6,562 during the same month in 2014, was an increase of 27pc.

There was a 13pc increase in the number of new goods vehicles licensed in September this year, bringing the total to 1,681 for the month.

The figures were released yesterday by the Central Statistics Office.

Recently, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called Volkswagen's emissions-rigging scandal a "far-reaching event" and demanded the world's biggest car-maker quickly investigate it.

Dr Merkel said she hopes "that VW quickly establishes the needed transparency and clears things up".

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