Forget about the lure of the styling or the roar of the engine: Irish motorists still seem fixated on a car’s numberplate. Much was made of the fact t(...)

Figures published by the Central Statistics Office today show 31,002 new private cars were licensed to pay motor tax for the first time between January and March, compared to 36,081 for the same period last year. Photograph: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The number of newly licensed cars on Irish roads in the State is down 14.1 per cent so far this year. Figures published by the Central S(...)

Car dealers are hoping for another chance to recover sales when the 131 number plate changes to 132 in July as part of the new registration system. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images

New car sales fell 15.7 per cent in the first quarter of the year compared to the first three months of last year. A to(...)

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