ON THE ROAD- 2017 New Car Registrations 10% down as 181 Sales get underway

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the year 2017 finished, as anticipated at 131,356, -10% down on 2016 (146,649).

Although new Commercial Vehicle registrations showed an increase for both Light and Heavy Commercial Vehicles during the final month of the year, with very low volumes in December, this did not impact on the overall trend for the full year. New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) at 24,195, recorded a fall of -14.2% for the year in 2017, while New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) 2,602 saw a decrease of -9.4% over the 12 months compared to 2016 (2,873).

Used Commercial Vehicle Imports increased during 2017; LCV up +21.3% and HGV up +14.8%. Imported Used Cars reached 93,454, which was an increase of 29.5% on 2016 (72,153).

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan stated “2017 was a very challenging year for the Motor Industry, mainly due to the impact of Brexit on Euro/Sterling exchange rates. Without Brexit we would have anticipated a reasonable level of growth in the market but in the aftermath of the UK Brexit vote we had modified our projection to 132,000 and that prediction turned out to be very accurate with the car market finishing at 131,356. This number is still better than most recent years and produced reasonable volumes across all vehicle sales sectors.

We are, of course, now at the commencement of the new 181 sales period which is hugely important for our members who remain optimistic for the coming year. For new car buyers competition in the choice of models, the various incentives and special offers as well as the range of finance options mean that competition is driving value for consumers. The obvious value available in the Irish new car market has been apparent over the past 12 months with only 79 new cars imported in 2017, despite the low value of sterling. While used imports have been increasing strongly new car imports have fallen by 25% in the last year and by almost 60% over the last three years. With such a range of models, offers and finance options available to consumers to choose from, the best advice, as always, is to research in advance to shop around and, if you can, shop local and support businesses in your home place.”

Stats in short:
• New car sales year to date (2017) 131,356 v (2016) 146,649 -10%
• New car sales total December (2017) 160 v (2016) 434 -63%
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2017) 24,195 v (2016) 28,203 -14%
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales total December (2017) 247 v (2016) 244 +1%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2017) 2,602 v (2016) 2,873 -9%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total December (2017) 125 v (2016) 29 +331%
• Used Car Imports year to date (2017) 93,454 v (2016) 72,153 +30%
• Used Car Imports total December (2017) 5,526 v (2016) 5,690 -3%
• 5 Top Selling Car Brands Year to Date were:
1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Ford 4. Hyundai 5. Nissan
• 5 Top car models year to date were:
1. Hyundai Tucson 2. Volkswagen Golf 3. Nissan Qashqai 4. Skoda Octavia 5. Ford Focus
• Top Selling Car 2017: Hyundai Tucson
• Top Car Colour 2017: Grey
• Table below shows new car registrations by county year to date (January-December 2017)

New Car Registrations by county
(January-December 2017)
County 2017 Units 2016 Units % Change 2017 % Share 2016 % Share
 Carlow  1,542  1,761  -12.44  1.17%  1.20%
 Cavan  1,487  1,606  -7.41  1.13%  1.10%
 Clare  2,729  3,151  -13.39  2.08%  2.15%
 Cork  16,520  18,808  -12.17  12.58%  12.83%
 Donegal  2,943  3,523  -16.46  2.24%  2.40%
 Dublin  54,856  58,285  -5.88  41.76%  39.74%
 Galway  4,923  5,843  -15.75  3.75%  3.98%
 Kerry  2,820  3,229  -12.67  2.15%  2.20%
 Kildare  5,278  6,046  -12.7  4.02%  4.12%
 Kilkenny  2,407  2,823  -14.74  1.83%  1.93%
 Laois  1,528  1,776  -13.96  1.16%  1.21%
 Leitrim  551  634  -13.09  0.42%  0.43%
 Limerick  4,493  5,200  -13.6  3.42%  3.55%
 Longford  642  727  -11.69  0.49%  0.50%
 Louth  2,774  3,153  -12.02  2.11%  2.15%
 Mayo  2,277  2,816  -19.14  1.73%  1.92%
 Meath  3,900  4,657  -16.26  2.97%  3.18%
 Monaghan  1,052  1,240  -15.16  0.80%  0.85%
 Offaly  1,557  1,883  -17.31  1.19%  1.28%
 Roscommon  1,201  1,420  -15.42  0.91%  0.97%
 Sligo  1,147  1,317  -12.91  0.87%  0.90%
 Tipperary  3,560  4,148  -14.18  2.71%  2.83%
 Waterford  3,444  3,690  -6.67  2.62%  2.52%
 Westmeath  1,888  2,210  -14.57  1.44%  1.51%
 Wexford  3,069  3,486  -11.96  2.34%  2.38%
 Wicklow  2,768  3,217  -13.96  2.11%  2.19%