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SIMI new vehicle registration figures

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has issued the official 181 new vehicle registration figures for January along with final quarterly review for 2017.

Ireland’s Forecourt and Convenience Retailer can reveal that car sales figures for the month of January show that 181 registrations are down -4.8% (37,125) compared to January 2017 (39,003). Light Commercials are currently up 6.3% (6,728) compared to January last year (6,329), while HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down-11.84% (402) in comparison to January 2017 (456).

The SIMI/DoneDeal Report highlights a number of price decreases in the cost of motoring. The average price of a new car in 2017 was 2% lower than a year earlier, while the cost of motor insurance in December 2017 was 10.9% lower than it was a year earlier.

However, the cost of fuel increased with Petrol prices up 4.2% and Diesel prices up 3.6% on last year.

The report also shows Ireland’s strong economic performance last year but despite high levels of consumer confidence, the Motor Industry faced a significant and uncertain year with monthly declines in new car registrations figures, reflecting the substantial impact of Brexit. Used car imports increased by 29.5% in 2017 aided by the weakness in sterling and this also impacted on new car sales volumes by dampening the residual value of Irish used cars this increasing the cost to change for consumers.

Looking ahead to 2018 economic factors look positive however Brexit related uncertainty looks set to continue.

SIMI new vehicle registration figures 2

Alan Nolan SIMI director general

Alan Nolan Director General SIMI commented: 2017 finished down 10.4% as anticipated and also recorded a shift in the market-share of Diesel cars from 70% to 65%. The same trends have been apparent in January’s new car sales, which have delivered a steady start to the 181registration period but Brexit has continued to impact with new car sales down 4.8% while used car import registrations are up 20% compared to January last year. Diesel continues to be the choice of engine for over half of Irish new car buyers however the noticeable trend towards petrol and hybrid vehicles which started last year has continued in 2018. We expect this pattern of sales mix to continue for the rest of the year. While the number of Electric cars registered in January (104) shows a decline on January 2017 (168), this is a timing issue with supply and later new model delivery dates. The Sector remains confident that EV registrations will increase significantly in 2018.”

Simon Andreucetti, Strategic Account Director, DoneDeal Motor said:“With a projected year-on-year sales surge of 20% in 2018, the statistics in this report highlight the impact that the used import market is having on the Irish motor landscape. The tax take from used car sales was up 34% last year, and, on DoneDeal, we too have continued to see growth, with over 1.1 million car ads placed on the site in 2017. This represents an increase of 7.5% compared to 2016 and now, just over one in every two motor ads placed on DoneDeal is by a car dealer.”

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181 January New Car Sales Stats
• 5 Top Selling Car Brands Year to Date were:
1.Toyota 2.Hyundai 3.Ford 4.Volkswagen 5.Nissan
• 5 Top car model’s year to date were:
1.Hyundai Tucson 2.Nissan Qashqai 3.Ford Focus 4.Volkswagen Golf 5.Ford Fiesta
• Top Selling Car January 2018: Hyundai Tucson
• Table below shows new car registrations by county year to date (181 January 2018)

New Car Registrations by County January 2018
County 2018 Units 2017 Units % Change 2018 % Share 2017 % Share
Carlow 499 470 6.17% 1.34 1.21
Cavan 438 528 -17.05% 1.18 1.35
Clare 878 940 -6.60% 2.36 2.41
Cork 5065 5420 -6.55% 13.64 13.9
Donegal 864 992 -12.90% 2.33 2.54
Dublin 12775 13338 -4.22% 34.41 34.2
Galway 1572 1656 -5.07% 4.23 4.25
Kerry 859 932 -7.83% 2.31 2.39
Kildare 1706 1694 0.71% 4.6 4.34
Kilkenny 858 861 -0.35% 2.31 2.21
Laois 546 569 -4.04% 1.47 1.46
Leitrim 167 201 -16.92% 0.45 0.52
Limerick 1473 1549 -4.91% 3.97 3.97
Longford 236 244 -3.28% 0.64 0.63
Louth 880 886 -0.68% 2.37 2.27
Mayo 682 816 -16.42% 1.84 2.09
Meath 1266 1327 -4.60% 3.41 3.4
Monaghan 320 346 -7.51% 0.86 0.89
Offaly 549 542 1.29% 1.48 1.39
Roscommon 386 427 -9.60% 1.04 1.09
Sligo 370 396 -6.57% 1 1.02
Tipperary 1171 1193 -1.84% 3.15 3.06
Waterford 985 1015 -2.96% 2.65 2.6
Westmeath 584 649 -10.02% 1.57 1.66
Wexford 1038 1058 -1.89% 2.8 2.71
Wicklow 958 954 0.42% 2.58 2.45

 

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