Wexford's car fleet dominated by big three

By David Tucker

Published 18/08/2015 | 00:00

The Ford Galaxy; Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen models are the mainstay of the private car fleet in County Wexford.
The Ford Galaxy; Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen models are the mainstay of the private car fleet in County Wexford.

more than a third of all the private cars on the road in County Wexford are dominated by the big three - Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen.

Out of 66,123 private cars registered, the are 7,391 Toyotas, 7,384 Volkswagens and 7,278 Fords, according to the latest Bulletin of Vehicle and Driver Statistics published by the Department of Transport.

In the so-called premium brands, there are 2,374 Audis in the county, 2,078 BMWs, 150 Jaguars, 163 Lexus models, 1,259 Mercedes Benz, and 12 Porsches.

The number of new cars being sold in County Wexford has increased since the crash. In 2009 there were only 2,481 registered compared to 8,789 at the height of the boom in 2007. New car sales were still depressed in 2012 and 2014 - 3,031 and 3,172 respectively, but surged to 4,133 in 2014.

The majority of private cars in the county have engines of between 1,301 and 1,400cc, according to a breakdown of engine sizes in the bulletin.

A total of 11,608 have engines of between 1,301 and 1,400cc, while there are 5,123 in the second largest grouping with engines between 1,900cc and two litres, 1,381 between 2,001 and 2,600cc and 704 are over 2,601cc, an engine capacty which attracts annual motor tax starting at €1,391 for older cars registered before C02 emissions became the yardstick for motor tax rates.

At the other end of the scale, 121 private cars in the county have engines of up to 900cc, while 3,686 are between 901cc and 1,000cc.

In terms of CO2 emissions, there are 6,353 private cars in the largest grouping - A4 - which has an annual motor tax rate of €200.

Not surprisingly there are a lot of tractors in the Model County, with 4,271 registered for agricultural use, compared to 1,720 in neighbouring Wicklow and 1,812 in Carlow.

A total of 1,311 motor cycles are on the county's roads, the vast majority of them, 1,102, with engines of more than 260cc. The total number of licensed vehicles recorded on Irish roads has exceeded 2.5 million.

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