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April sees a slight increase in new car registrations

01 May 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 April were up 3.33% (8,102) when compared to April 2017 (7,841), while new cars registrations year to date remain down 4.68% (79,897) on the same period last year (83,823).   

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were up 6.51% (1,800) on April 2017 (1,690) and year to date are up 5.39% (14,323). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) are also up 4.74% for the month of April (243) compared to the same month last year (232) and are down 8.31% (1,158) year to date.
 
Imported Used Cars have increased 19.31% for April 2018 (8,649) when compared to April 2017 (7,249) and year to date are 11.74% (34,763) ahead of 2017 (31,111). 
 
Commenting on the figures SIMI Deputy Director General, Brian Cooke said “April’s registration statistics released today are broadly in line with expectations. The slight increases in all sectors for the month can be attributed somewhat to the extra working days in April 2018 compared to last year, as Easter fell in March. Brexit continues to impact on business, as evidenced by the continued strong levels of used imports from the UK. Total new car registrations are projected to reach around 120,000 by the end of the year, a decline of 8.6% on 2017.”
 
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Stats in short:
  •  New car sales year to date (2018) 79,897 v (2017) 83,823 -4.68%
  •  New car sales total April (2018) 8,102 v (2017) 7,841 +3.33%
  •  Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2018)14,323 v (2017) 13,590 +5.39% 
  •  Light Commercial Vehicles sales total April (2018) 1,800 v (2017) 1,690 +6.51%
  •  Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2018) 1,158 v (2017) 1,263 -8.31%
  •  Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total April (2018) 243 v (2017) 232 -4.74% 
  •  Used Car Imports year to date (2018) 34,763 v (2017) 31,111 +11.74%
  •  Used Car Imports total April (2018) 8,649 v (2017) 7,249 +19.31%
  •  Electric Cars total year to date (2018) 424 v (2017) 340 +24.71%
  •  5 Top Selling Car Brands Year to Date were: 
    1. Volkswagen 2. Hyundai 3.Toyota 4.Ford 5. Nissan
  •  5 Top car model’s year to date were: 1. Nissan Qashqai 2. Hyundai Tucson 3. Volkswagen Golf 4. Ford Focus 5. Skoda Octavia 
  •  Top Selling Car April: Volkswagen Polo

Car Registrations by County
Year to date (January -April 2018)

County

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

Carlow

1027

1015

1.18

1.29

1.21

Cavan

839

1012

-17.09

1.05

1.21

Clare

1780

1875

-5.07

2.23

2.24

Cork

9997

10829

-7.68

12.51

12.92

Donegal

1713

1903

-9.98

2.14

2.27

Dublin

31834

33274

-4.33

39.84

39.7

Galway

3042

3231

-5.85

3.81

3.85

Kerry

1740

1872

-7.05

2.18

2.23

Kildare

3433

3448

-0.44

4.3

4.11

Kilkenny

1571

1632

-3.74

1.97

1.95

Laois

1011

1032

-2.03

1.27

1.23

Leitrim

323

381

-15.22

0.4

0.45

Limerick

2891

2974

-2.79

3.62

3.55

Longford

407

435

-6.44

0.51

0.52

Louth

1806

1791

0.84

2.26

2.14

Mayo

1413

1563

-9.6

1.77

1.86

Meath

2453

2549

-3.77

3.07

3.04

Monaghan

646

685

-5.69

0.81

0.82

Offaly

1032

1062

-2.82

1.29

1.27

Roscommon

705

848

-16.86

0.88

1.01

Sligo

737

780

-5.51

0.92

0.93

Tipperary

2305

2390

-3.56

2.88

2.85

Waterford

2206

2208

-0.09

2.76

2.63

Westmeath

1123

1254

-10.45

1.41

1.5

Wexford

2072

1943

6.64

2.59

2.32

Wicklow

1791

1837

-2.5

2.24

2.19

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