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November New Car Registrations down 9% as Industry turns its focus to 2018

01 December 2017

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car registrations for the month of November were down -9% (687) when compared to (754) November 2016, with new cars registrations year to date down -10% (131,200) on the same period last year (146,215). 

Registrations in the new Commercial vehicle sector seen a decrease in the Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) sector with registrations down -12% (580) on November 2016 (656) and year to date are down -14% (23,952). New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have increased +83% for the month of November (130) compared to the same month last year (71) however are also down -13% (2,478) year to date.

Used Imports continue to remain ahead with the sales for the month of November up 8% (7,952) while year to date they are 32% (87,929) ahead of 2016 (66,463).

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan stated “As we approach the final few weeks of 2017, total registrations look set to finish in line with Economist Jim Power’s projection of 131,650 representing a decline of 10% on 2016. This has been a year of uncertainty for the Industry, as we experience the Brexit impact. Sterling weakness is contributing to increases in used vehicle imports which continue to influence used car values making Irish used cars cheaper but increasing the cost to change for car buyers which has impacted on new car volumes.

Although new car registrations have declined and are likely to decline again in 2018, the Industry overall has had what can be described as a reasonable year when considering previous registration totals in recessionary years. Looking towards 2018 Industry focus on the EV sector will increase. The 0% Benefit-in-kind incentive over 3-5years announced by the Government is hugely welcomed and will help increase the supply of EVs in the future years. While all vehicle fuel types continue to play an important role in the make up of our car parc, the replacement of older polluting cars remains a priority if we are to meet our climate change targets.”

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Stats in short:

  • New car sales year to date (2017)131,200 (2016) 146,215 -10% 
  • New car sales total November (2017) 687 v (2016) 754 -9%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2017)23,952 v (2016) 27,959 -14% 
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total November (2017) 580 v (2016) 656 -12%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2017) 2,478 v (2016) 2,844 -13%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total November (2017)130  v (2016) 71 +83% 
  • Used Car Imports year to date (2017) 87,929 V (2016) 66,463 +32%
  • Used Car Imports total November (2017) 8,609 v (2016) 7,953 +8%
  • New Electric Cars year to date (2017) 621 V (2016) 392 +58%
  • 5 Top Selling Car Brands Year to Date were: 
    1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Ford 4.Hyundai 5.Nissan
  • 5 Top car model’s year to date were:
    1. Hyundai Tucson 2. Volkswagen Golf 3. Nissan Qashqai 4. Skoda Octavia 5. Ford Focus
  • Top Selling Car Month of November: Volkswagen Golf
  • Top Car Colours (Year to date): 1. Grey 2. Black 3. White/Ivory 4. Blue 5. Red/Maroon 
  • Table below shows new car registrations by county year to date
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    (January-November 2017)

    New Car Registrations by County
    January – November 20017 (Year to Date)
    Exported 1st December 2017

    County

    2017 Units

    2016 Units

    % Change

    2017 % Share

    2016 % Share

     Carlow

     1,541

     1,756

     -12.24

     1.17%

     1.20%

     Cavan

     1,487

     1,603

     -7.24

     1.13%

     1.10%

     Clare

     2,728

     3,148

     -13.34

     2.08%

     2.15%

     Cork

     16,513

     18,794

     -12.14

     12.59%

     12.85%

     Donegal

     2,942

     3,518

     -16.37

     2.24%

     2.41%

     Dublin

     54,742

     57,970

     -5.57

     41.72%

     39.65%

     Galway

     4,919

     5,826

     -15.57

     3.75%

     3.98%

     Kerry

     2,819

     3,229

     -12.7

     2.15%

     2.21%

     Kildare

     5,274

     6,038

     -12.65

     4.02%

     4.13%

     Kilkenny

     2,407

     2,821

     -14.68

     1.83%

     1.93%

     Laois

     1,527

     1,775

     -13.97

     1.16%

     1.21%

     Leitrim

     551

     633

     -12.95

     0.42%

     0.43%

     Limerick

     4,489

     5,198

     -13.64

     3.42%

     3.56%

     Longford

     641

     726

     -11.71

     0.49%

     0.50%

     Louth

     2,771

     3,149

     -12

     2.11%

     2.15%

     Mayo

     2,276

     2,811

     -19.03

     1.73%

     1.92%

     Meath

     3,899

     4,649

     -16.13

     2.97%

     3.18%

     Monaghan

     1,050

     1,235

     -14.98

     0.80%

     0.84%

     Offaly

     1,555

     1,880

     -17.29

     1.19%

     1.29%

     Roscommon

     1,198

     1,418

     -15.51

     0.91%

     0.97%

     Sligo

     1,147

     1,316

     -12.84

     0.87%

     0.90%

     Tipperary

     3,558

     4,138

     -14.02

     2.71%

     2.83%

     Waterford

     3,442

     3,686

     -6.62

     2.62%

     2.52%

     Westmeath

     1,888

     2,204

     -14.34

     1.44%

     1.51%

     Wexford

     3,069

     3,481

     -11.84

     2.34%

     2.38%

     Wicklow

     2,767

     3,213

     -13.88

     2.11%

     2.20%