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New Car Registrations down 24% for the month of April

02 May 2017

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car registrations for the month of April were down -24% (7,865) compared to (10,381) April 2016, while new cars registrations year to date are down -10% (83,831) on the same period last year (93,205).

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) show a -25% (1,716) decrease on April 2016 (2,302) and year to date are down -13% (13,653). While Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) are also showing a decline of -25% for the month of April (235) compared to the same month last year (313) and are down -8% (1,266) year to date.

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said: “From our recent SIMI/DoneDeal Quarterly Review, we commented that 2017 was proving to be unpredictable for the Motor Industry and the month of April appears to be reflecting this statement. Vehicle registrations for April show a decline in all sectors and across nearly all counties. While the economy continues to strengthen, consumers appears to have remained somewhat more cautious to date. That said the Industry is continuing to entice consumers with very strong offers to the degree that even with lower sterling values, as a result of Brexit virtually no new cars have been imported because of the value available here.”

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Stats in short:

  • New car sales year to date (2017) 83,831 v (2016) 93,205 -10%
  • New car sales total April (2017) 7,865 v 10,381 (2016) -24%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2017) 13,653 v (2016) 15,716 -13%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total April (2017) 1,716 v (2016) 2,302 -25%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2017) 1,266 v (2016) 1,373 -8%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total April (2017) 235 v (2016) 313 -25%
  • Table below shows new car registrations by county year to date (January-April 2017)

New Car Registrations by County Year to Date

Issued: 2nd May 2017

County

2017 Units

2016 Units

% Change

2017 % Share

2016 % Share

Carlow

1014

1168

-13.18%

1.21%

1.25%

Cavan

1012

1053

-3.89%

1.21%

1.13%

Clare

1873

2171

-13.73%

2.23%

2.33%

Cork

10833

12162

-10.93%

12.92%

13.05%

Donegal

1906

2325

-18.02%

2.27%

2.49%

Dublin

33292

34865

-4.51%

39.71%

37.41%

Galway

3232

3795

-14.84%

3.86%

4.07%

Kerry

1864

2160

-13.7%

2.22%

2.32%

Kildare

3449

3846

-10.32%

4.11%

4.13%

Kilkenny

1632

1894

-13.83%

1.95%

2.03%

Laois

1030

1253

-17.8%

1.23%

1.34%

Leitrim

382

409

-6.6%

0.46%

0.44%

Limerick

2971

3490

-14.87%

3.54%

3.74%

Longford

435

477

-8.81%

0.52%

0.51%

Louth

1790

2138

-16.28%

2.14%

2.29%

Mayo

1564

1857

-15.78%

1.87%

1.99%

Meath

2546

3069

-17.04%

3.04%

3.29%

Monaghan

684

827

-17.29%

0.82%

0.89%

Offaly

1062

1251

-15.11%

1.27%

1.34%

Roscommon

848

958

-11.48%

1.01%

1.03%

Sligo

780

888

-12.16%

0.93%

0.95%

Tipperary

2389

2782

-14.13%

2.85%

2.98%

Waterford

2212

2462

-10.15%

2.64%

2.64%

Westmeath

1255

1456

-13.8%

1.5%

1.56%

Wexford

1941

2326

-16.55%

2.32%

2.5%

Wicklow

1835

2123

-13.57%

2.19%

2.28%

  • 5 Top selling car brands year to date were:1. Toyota, 2 Volkswagen,3 Ford, 4 Hyundai 5 Nissan
  • 5 Top car models year to date were: 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Nissan Qashqai, 3 Skoda Octavia, 4 Ford Focus, 5 Volkswagen Golf
  • Top Selling Car for Month of April Skoda Octavia
  • Popular Colour year to date: Grey 

    For Further Information:
    Teresa Noone PR & Marketing Manager – SIMI 01 6761690/ 087 792 8844 / tnoone@simi.ie