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February delivers a steady month for New Car Registrations

01 March 2018

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of February were steady, as registrations were very much in line  (17,081) when compared to February 2017 (17,089), while new cars registrations year to date remain -3.5% (54,143) down on the same period last year (56,092).   

The new Commercial Vehicle sector showed a mixed result between Light and Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations. New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations were up 6.13% (2,634) on February 2017 (2,487) and year to date are up 6% (9,356). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have declined 10% for the month of February (243) compared to the same month last year (270) and are down 11% (646) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have increase by 14.4% February 2018 (8,903) and year to date are 17.3% (17,964) ahead of 2017(15,317) 

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan stated “New car registrations for the month of February delivered a steady performance when compared with the same month last year, however registrations overall remaining 3.5% down year to date. The increase in the light commercial vehicle sector reflects the strong economic growth for businesses, particularly in the local economy, while HGVs which may be more impacted by Brexit concerns, remain down 11%. The Brexit impact is also visible in the continued growth in used car imports which were 15.7% up in February.

The Diesel market share is continuing to move back toward more traditional levels in new car sales, having reached an artificially high peak of 73% in 2014, it is currently standing at 57% so far in 2018.  As a consequence of this shift, as SIMI had previously indicated, the average CO2 emissions for new cars registered this year have increased by 2.1%."
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Stats in short:

  •  New car sales year to date (2018) 54,143 (2017) 56,092  -3.47% 
  •  New car sales total February (2018) 17,081 v (2017) 17,089  0.05%
  •  Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2018) 9,356 v (2017) 8,816 +6.13% 
  •  Light Commercial Vehicles sales total February (2018) 2,634 v (2017) 2,487 +5.91%
  •  Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2018) 646 (2017) 726  -11.02%
  •  Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total February (2018) 243 v (2017) 270  -10% 
  •  Used Car Imports year to date (2018) 17,964  v (2017) 15,317  +17.3 %
  •  Used Car Imports total February (2018) 8,903 v (2017) 7,785 +14.4%
  •  5 Top Selling Car Brands Year to Date were: 
    1. Toyota 2 Hyundai 3 Volkswagen 4 Ford 5 Nissan
  •  5 Top car model’s year to date were:
    1. Hyundai Tucson 2 Nissan Qashqai 3 Ford Focus 4 Skoda Octavia 5 Volkswagen Golf
  • Top Selling Car February: Skoda Octavia
  • Table below shows new car registrations by county year to date (January-February 2018)

New Car Registrations by County (January-February 2018)

County

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

Carlow

677

686

-1.31

1.25

1.22

Cavan

631

762

-17.19

1.17

1.36

Clare

1297

1336

-2.92

2.4

2.38

Cork

7032

7568

-7.08

12.99

13.49

Donegal

1200

1375

-12.73

2.22

2.45

Dublin

20039

20300

-1.29

37.01

36.19

Galway

2159

2259

-4.43

3.99

4.03

Kerry

1266

1341

-5.59

2.34

2.39

Kildare

2411

2435

-0.99

4.45

4.34

Kilkenny

1156

1138

1.58

2.14

2.03

Laois

721

757

-4.76

1.33

1.35

Leitrim

226

282

-19.86

0.42

0.5

Limerick

2082

2149

-3.12

3.85

3.83

Longford

304

321

-5.3

0.56

0.57

Louth

1251

1274

-1.81

2.31

2.27

Mayo

973

1114

-12.66

1.8

1.99

Meath

1776

1851

-4.05

3.28

3.3

Monaghan

456

494

-7.69

0.84

0.88

Offaly

765

738

3.66

1.41

1.32

Roscommon

521

639

-18.47

0.96

1.14

Sligo

528

538

-1.86

0.98

0.96

Tipperary

1622

1673

-3.05

3

2.98

Waterford

1477

1521

-2.89

2.73

2.71

Westmeath

799

851

-6.11

1.48

1.52

Wexford

1456

1368

6.43

2.69

2.44

Wicklow

1318

1322

-0.3

2.43

2.36


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For Further Information:

Teresa Noone PR & Marketing Manager, SIMI 087 792 8844 /01 6761690  tnoone@simi.ie