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New Car Registrations exceed 146,000 in 2016

03 January 2017

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car registrations for the year 2016 (146,672) finished 17.5% ahead of 2015 (124,804). The month of December registrations were up 45% (499) compared with the same month in 2015 (344).   

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) for 2016 recorded an increase of 18.3% (28,180) when compared to 2015 (23,829). Despite the month of December registering a decrease of -23% (179) in comparison to December 2015 (235). Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations in 2016 were up 31.3% (2,873) on the previous year (2,188).

Alan Nolan, Director General, SIMI, “New car registrations for 2016 finished at 146,600 for the full year, making it the highest year for new car registrations since 2008. Despite some slowing in the second half of the year, the numbers are in line with expectations at the start of 2016 and underline the continued growth and buoyancy in the economy. Used car imports have also seen growth, partly due to the strong economic recovery, but also driven by short supply of 2009-2013 Irish used cars and the strengthening of the Euro against sterling following the Brexit Referendum.  Almost 50% of imported used cars were in this age profile, between three and five years old, and almost another 40% are over six years old.   

Commercial vehicle registrations, which perhaps best reflect the level of activity in the economy, were also significantly up on 2015, with Light Commercial Vehicle registrations finishing 18.3% up and Heavy Commercial Vehicle Registrations 31.3% ahead of last year. 

As we move into 2017 and the new 171 registration period the Industry is anticipating a continuation of the strong performance seen during 2016 and is projecting similar registration numbers to last year.”   

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Stats in short:
• New car sales year to date (2016) 146,672 V (2015)124,804 +17.52%
• New car sales total December (2016) 499 V (2015) 344 +45%
• Car Sales by county year to date  click here to download
5 Top Selling Makes for the Year 2016:
1. Toyota 2 Hyundai 3 Volkswagen 4 Ford 5 Nissan
5 Top Selling Models for the Year 2016
1. Hyundai Tucson 2 Volkswagen Golf 3 Ford Focus 4 Skoda Octavia 5 Nissan Qashqai
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2016) 28,180 v (2015) 23,829 +18.26%
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales total December (2016) 179 v (2015) 235 -23.83%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2016) 2,873 v (2015) 2,188 +31.31%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total December (2016) 29 v (2015) 47 -38.3%

Passenger Cars by County Year to Date

County

2016 Units

2015 Units

% Change

2016 % Share

2015 % Share

Carlow

1761

1473

19.55%

1.2%

1.18%

Cavan

1606

1391

15.46%

1.09%

1.11%

Clare

3150

2670

17.98%

2.15%

2.14%

Cork

18809

15289

23.02%

12.82%

12.25%

Donegal

3525

2993

17.77%

2.4%

2.4%

Dublin

58314

50754

14.9%

39.76%

40.67%

Galway

5843

5095

14.68%

3.98%

4.08%

Kerry

3228

2696

19.73%

2.2%

2.16%

Kildare

6045

5092

18.72%

4.12%

4.08%

Kilkenny

2822

2361

19.53%

1.92%

1.89%

Laois

1774

1466

21.01%

1.21%

1.17%

Leitrim

634

567

11.82%

0.43%

0.45%

Limerick

5199

4339

19.82%

3.54%

3.48%

Longford

727

636

14.31%

0.5%

0.51%

Louth

3153

2779

13.46%

2.15%

2.23%

Mayo

2819

2413

16.83%

1.92%

1.93%

Meath

4653

3739

24.45%

3.17%

3%

Monaghan

1240

1065

16.43%

0.85%

0.85%

Offaly

1883

1538

22.43%

1.28%

1.23%

Roscommon

1420

1088

30.51%

0.97%

0.87%

Sligo

1319

1128

16.93%

0.9%

0.9%

Tipperary

4147

3539

17.18%

2.83%

2.84%

Waterford

3690

2999

23.04%

2.52%

2.4%

Westmeath

2210

1922

14.98%

1.51%

1.54%

Wexford

3484

2962

17.62%

2.38%

2.37%

Wicklow

3217

2810

14.48%

2.19%

2.25%

For further information:
Teresa Noone, SIMI, 01 676 1690 / 087 792 8844 / tnoone@simi.ie