Decrease in number of new car sales as Brexit looms

Official statistics released this week by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI ) show that the total new car registrations for the month of August are down 13.3 percent (5,131 ) when compared with August 2018 (5,921 ).

New car registrations for the year to date are down 7.9 percent on the same period last year, that’s 9,431 less new cars sold in the past eight months.

The ‘Top Five Selling Car Brands’ for the year to date are Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, Ford and Skoda, while the ‘Top Five Car Models’ again for the year to date are, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Tiguan.

Light and Heavy Commercials

New light commercial vehicle (LCV ) registrations are up 35.1 percent (1,880 ) on August 2018 (1,392 ), however registrations for the year to date are down -2.2 percent to 21,906.

Meanwhile, new heavy commercial vehicles (HCV ) decreased 20.7 percent (157 ) last month in comparison to August 2018 (198 ). On a very positive note, for the year to date are up 3.1 percent (2,207 ).

Imported used cars

Imported used cars for August saw an increase of 10.2 percent (9,708 ) on the same month last year (8,812 ) and the year to date imports are up five percent (72,211 ) ahead of 2018 (68,784 ).

Electric Cars

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with 172 vehicles registered for the month of August. That’s an increase of 4.2 percent on August 2018 (165 ) while a total of 2,860 EV cars were registered so far this year.


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