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181 NEW CAR REGISTRATIONS DOWN 4.5%, AS 182 SALES PERIOD BEGINS

02/07/2018

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of June were down 10.4% (1,255) when compared to June 2017 (1,400). Registrations year to date are 4.5% (87,151) down on the same period last year (91,215).

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were slightly up 2.06% (694) on June 2017 (680) and year to date are up 5.7% (16,633). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have seen an increase of 110% for the month of June (185) compared to the same month last year (88) and are down 1.1% (1,571) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown an increase of 11.5% for the month of June 2018 (8,142) when compared to June 2017 (7,304) while year to date are 12.8% (51,879) ahead of 2017 (46,002)

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Alan Nolan

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan stated

“While June has seen a decline in new car registrations of 10.4%, registrations in this month are relatively small numbers as many consumers will have waited for a 182 registration number. The more relevant measure is the Year to Date figure which shows a decline of 4.5% compared to the same period in 2017. This is somewhat at odds with the growth in economic activity in the country but has to be seen in the context of the volume of used car imports which impact negatively on new car sales. Commercial vehicle registrations both light and heavy vehicles have seen some increase for the month of June, reflecting investment for businesses.

This week marks the start of the 182 sales period, and with plenty of competitive offers for consumers right across the various brands, there is something for everyone. As always our best advice to consumers is shop around to find the best deal from local dealers.”

Stats in short

  • New car sales year to date (2018) 87,151 v (2017) 91,215 -4.5%
  • New car sales total June (2018) 1,255 v (2017) 1,400 -10.4%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2018) 16,633 v (2017) 15,731 5.73%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total June (2018) 694 v (2017) 680 2.06%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2018) 1,571 v (2017)1,589 -1.13%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total June (2018) 185 v (2017) 88 +110.2%
  • Used Car Imports year to date (2018) 51, 879 v (2017) 46,002 +12.8%
  • Used Car Imports total June (2018) 8,142 v (2017) 7,304 +11.5%
  • Electric Vehicles total (2018) 529 v (2017) 374 +41.44%
  • Car Hire total year to date (2018) 13,680 v (2017)13,458 +1.65%
  • Car Hire total June (2018 ) 314 v (2017) 99 +217.17%
  • 5 Top Selling Car Brands Year to Date were:
    1. Volkswagen
    2. Toyota
    3. Hyundai
    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 June: Opel Corsa

New Car Registrations by County Year to Date (January-June 2018)

County 2018 Units 2017 Units % change 2018 % Share 2017 % Share
Carlow 1101 1083 1.66 1.26 1.19
Cavan 895 1058 -15.41 1.03 1.16
Clare 1902 1985 -4.18 2.18 2.18
Cork 10754 11670 -7.85 12.34 12.79
Donegal 1840 2035 -9.58 2.11 2.23
Dublin 35750 37100 -3.64 41.02 40.67
Galway 3248 3437 -5.5 3.73 3.77
Kerry 1841 1996 -7.77 2.11 2.19
Kildare 3703 3698 0.14 4.25 4.05
Kilkenny 1665 1714 -2.86 1.91 1.88
Laois 1075 1093 -1.65 1.23 1.2
Leitrim 345 397 -13.1 0.4 0.44
Limerick 3065 3213 -4.61 3.52 3.52
Longford 427 454 -5.95 0.49 0.5
Louth 1943 1930 0.67 2.23 2.12
Mayo 1506 1637 -8 1.73 1.79
Meath 2612 2751 -5.05 3 3.02
Monaghan 694 729 -4.8 0.8 0.8
Offaly 1090 1140 -4.39 1.25 1.25
Roscommon 748 903 -17.17 0.86 0.99
Sligo 787 829 -5.07 0.9 0.91
Tipperary 2429 2576 -5.71 2.79 2.82
Waterford 2363 2407 -1.83 2.71 2.64
Westmeath 1216 1324 -8.16 1.4 1.45
Wexford 2225 2068 7.59 2.55 2.27
Wicklow 1927 1988 -3.07 2.21 2.18