Ireland has highest rate of new
cars in Europe
IRELAND has the highest
rate of new cars in Europe, new figures published
The statistics reveal that almost 28 per cent of the
domestic fleet, or more than 588,000 vehicles, is
less than two years old.
A further 17 per cent, or almost 360,000 vehicles,
are between two and five years old.
The country with the second highest rate of new cars
was Luxembourg (24 per cent), followed by Denmark
(23.5 per cent), Belgium (22.1 per cent) and Sweden
(19.6 per cent).
The UK had a new car rate of just over 15 per cent
in its fleet, according to the Eurostat figures for
Almost 28% of cars in Ireland
are less than two years old.
The oldest cars in the
EU – 20 years or older – were found on the roads of
Poland at 35 per cent.
The Poles were followed in their 1999, and older,
vehicles by Estonia (29 per cent), Finland (24 per
cent) and Malta (20 per cent).
Meanwhile, the most commonly driven cars in Ireland
were in the five-to-10-year bracket. These numbered
630,000 (29.5 per cent) in 2017.
And over 560,000 vehicles were in the 10-20-year age
Eurostat said scrappage schemes to allow drivers
purchase lower-emission vehicles, affected new car
sales in some countries.
“These programmes have had a certain influence on
the age composition of passenger cars in individual
countries. Such programmes were set up in almost
half of the Member States,” it stated.