New car sales figures for July highlights 17 percent decrease from similar period last year

New car registrations for July were down 17.3 percent when compared to July 2021, according to SIMI figures released today.

There were 21,902 new cars registrations last month, 11 percent below pre-Covid levels in 2019. Registrations for the year to date are down 3.6 percent (87,075 ) on the same period last year.

Electric Vehicles sales were up in July, with 2,738 new electric vehicles registered compared to 1,895 in July 2021.

So far this year 11,182 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 6,225 on the same period in 2021, this is an increase of 79.6 percent.

Electric vehicle, plug-in hybrids and hybrids continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share now of 40.9 percent. Petrol continues to remain dominant with 29.29 percent, diesel accounts for 27.51 percent, hybrid 21.23 percent, electric 12.84 percent and plug-in electric hybrid 6.83 per cent.

The top five best selling EVs year to date are the VW ID.4, the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia’s EV6, the VW ID.3, and Nissan’s Leaf. The Hyundai Tucson was the overall top selling model for the month of July.

Used car imports for July (4,206 ) have seen a decrease of 21.3 percent on July of last year (5,344 ). Year to date imports are down 31.1 percent (28,316 ) on 2021 (41,097 ).

Meanwhile, LCV sales last month were down 14.8 percent (4,039 ) compared to July last year (4,740 ), and year to date are down 21.4 percent (17,100 ). HGV registrations dropped 1.6 percent (317 ) in comparison to July 2021 (322 ). Year to date HGV sales are down 9.4 percent (1,675 ).

“The underlying new car market needs to grow significantly over the next few years if we are to optimise transport emission reductions. Government policies must contain the right measures, to support and encourage the change to lower and zero emitting vehicles.

“Reducing EV supports or increasing taxation will only act as a barrier to change and add to the cost of living. In this context, SIMI is asking the Government to continue its support for the EV project by extending EV supports at current levels out to 2025 and to resist any VRT increases in Budget 2023 which will only prove counterproductive and prevent us dealing with the legacy fleet in an effective manner that supports a just transition," Brian Cooke, Director General of SIMI said.


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