November New Car Registrations See Another Month Of Decline

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of November were down 5.72% (643) when compared to November 2017 (682).Registrations year to date are down 4.4% (125,415) on the same period last year (131,173).

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) have slightly decreased -1.55% (572) on November 2017 (581) and are up 5.7% (25,340) year to date. While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have also seen a decrease of 38% for the month of November (80) when compared to the same month last year (129) and are up 2.5% (2,538) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown an increase 1.44% for the month of November 2018 (8,732) when compared to November 2017 (8,608) while year to date are 8.21% (95,148) ahead of 2017 (87,928).

Commenting on the figures Alan Nolan SIMI Director General said “As we approach the end of 2018 new vehicle registrations are in line with Industry projections. Our Industry has experienced a decline in new car registrations 8 months out of 11 so far in 2018 and the month of December will no doubt see a further fall back in new car registrations. The impact of Brexit and sterling weakness continues to drive used car imports to a level where the volume is impacting on the new car market. This challenging and uncertain trading environment is set to continue into 2019.”

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Stats in short:
• New car sales year to date (2018) 125,415   v (2017) 131,173 -4.4%
• New car sales total November (2018) 643 v (2017) 682 -5.72%
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2018) 25,340 v (2017) 23,971 +5.7%
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales total November (2018) 572 v (2017) 581 -1.55%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2018) 2,538 v (2017) 2,477 +2.5%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total November (2018) 80  v (2017) 129 -37.98%
• Used Car Imports year to date (2018) 95,148 v (2017) 87,928 +8.21%
• Used Car Imports total November (2018) 8,732 v (2017) 8,608 +1.44%
• New Electric Vehicles year to date (2018) 1,124 v (2017) 621 +97%
• 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. Hyundai Tucson 2. Nissan Qashqai 3.Ford Focus 4.Volkswagen Golf 5.Skoda Octavia
• Top Selling Car November: BMW 5 Series
• Table below shows new car registrations by county year to date (January-November 2018)

County 2018 Units 2017 Units % Change 2018 % Share 2017 % Share
Carlow 1545 1540 0.32 1.23 1.17
Cavan 1251 1486 -15.81 1 1.13
Clare 2666 2728 -2.27 2.13 2.08
Cork 15198 16513 -7.96 12.12 12.59
Donegal 2598 2941 -11.66 2.07 2.24
Dublin 52584 54720 -3.9 41.93 41.72
Galway 4758 4919 -3.27 3.79 3.75
Kerry 2658 2819 -5.71 2.12 2.15
Kildare 5301 5274 0.51 4.23 4.02
Kilkenny 2340 2407 -2.78 1.87 1.83
Laois 1508 1526 -1.18 1.2 1.16
Leitrim 483 551 -12.34 0.39 0.42
Limerick 4308 4489 -4.03 3.43 3.42
Longford 599 640 -6.41 0.48 0.49
Louth 2792 2771 0.76 2.23 2.11
Mayo 2167 2276 -4.79 1.73 1.74
Meath 3704 3899 -5 2.95 2.97
Monaghan 994 1050 -5.33 0.79 0.8
Offaly 1539 1555 -1.03 1.23 1.19
Roscommon 1049 1198 -12.44 0.84 0.91
Sligo 1085 1147 -5.41 0.87 0.87
Tipperary 3320 3558 -6.69 2.65 2.71
Waterford 3287 3442 -4.5 2.62 2.62
Westmeath 1786 1888 -5.4 1.42 1.44
Wexford 3174 3069 3.42 2.53 2.34
Wicklow 2722 2767 -1.63 2.17 2.11

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