August New Car Registrations Up 25%; Budgetary measures need to build on momentum of lower emitting vehicles

  • 6,013 new cars registrations for August compared to 4,808 in August 2020 (+25.1%) and 5,088 in August 2019 (+18.2%).
  • 96,309 new cars registered year to date compared to 78,864 for the same period in 2020 (22.1%) and 110,527 in 2019 (-12.9%).

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today released their official new vehicle statistics. To present a more accurate picture of the new vehicle registrations, it is important to compare registrations totals with the same period in 2019 (pre-COVID) when businesses were fully operational.

Light Commercials Vehicles (LCV) seen an increase of 2,972 registrations compared to August last year 1,689 and 1,890 for the same month in 2019. Year to date 24,783 new LCVs were registered an increase on last year’s 16,701 (+48.4%) and on 21,904 in 2019 (+13.1%).

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) seen 188 registrations in August when compared to 186 in August 2020 and 155 August 2019. Year to date HGV’s registrations total 2,038 compared with 1,642 in 2020 (+24.1%) and 2,209 in 2019 (-7.7%).

5,088 used cars were imported in August 2021, compared with 8,141 imports in August 2020, a decrease on the 9,706 imports in August 2019. Year to date used imports are up 16.4% (46,185) on 2020 (39,668) and down 36.0% on 2019 (72,214).

831 new electric vehicles registered were in August compared to 294 in August 2020. So far this year 7,057 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 2,954 on the same period 2020. Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids continue to increase their market share, with their combined market share now over 30.76%. Diesel now accounts for 34.09%, Petrol 32.5%, Hybrid 16.32%, Electric 7.33% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.11%.

Commenting Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General:
“The appetite among consumers for new cars, boosted by pent-up demand and strong consumer savings, that was in evidence in July has continued into August. New car sales are up 25% on the same month last year and by 22% year to date. However, these numbers must be viewed in the context of the pre-COVID market, and registrations are still lagging 18% behind 2019. The new car market has in recent years been hampered not only by the pandemic, but also by Brexit related issues, and this has seen several years of a weakened new car market. What is positive is that those businesses and consumers who have been buying new cars are choosing lower emitting vehicles across all fuel types. In particular there has been a significant uplift in the sale of new electric cars since the start of this year. As we move into a post pandemic economic environment, it is vital that the momentum behind this drive to lower emissions is maintained and built upon. In this context, it is important that both the Government and the Motor Industry deliver affordable transport options to give consumers the real choice to make positive environmental decisions. For the Industry this means continued investment in driving down emissions from the vehicles they produce. For Government any Budgetary measures in relation to new cars must support a strong new car market that focuses on lower emitting vehicles, and also on getting older higher emitting vehicles off the road. We need integrated incentives to build consumer confidence and encourage behavioural change across both the new and used vehicle markets. In Budget 2022 this means a Budget that encourages consumers and business to trade up to a lower emitting vehicle. The electric vehicle grants, the zero percent Benefit-In-Kind (BIK) for company cars and other incentives are vital supports to increase the sales of EVs and these need to be extended. While State and commercial investment in a nationwide EV charging infrastructure is key to giving motorist more confidence in the essential strategic EV project”.

2021 Total New Vehicle Stats

  • New Car sales total year to date (2021) 96,309 v (2020) 78,864 +22.1%
  • New Car sales total year to date (2021) 96,309 v (2019) 110,527 -12.9%
  • New Car sales total August (2021) 6,013 v (2020) 4,808 +25.1%
  • New Car sales total August (2021) 6,013 v (2019) 5,088 +18.2%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2021) 24,783 v (2020) 16,701 +48.4%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2021) 24,783 v (2019) 21,904 +13.1%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total August (2021) 2,972 v (2020) 1,689 +76.0%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total August (2021) 2,972 v (2019) 1,890 +57.2%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2021) 2,038 v (2020) 1,642 +24.1%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2021) 2,038 v (2019) 2,209 -7.7%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales August (2021) 188 v (2020) 186 +1.1%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales August (2021) 188 v (2019) 155+21.3%
  • Used Car Imports total year to date (2021) 46,185 v (2020) 39,668 +16.4%
  • Used Car Imports total year to date (2021) 46,185 v (2019) 72,214 -36.0%
  • Used Car Imports total August (2021) 5,088 v (2020) 8,141 -37.5%
  • Used Car Imports total August (2021) 5,088 v (2019) 9,706 -47.6%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales total year to date (2021) 7,057 v (2020) 2,954 +138.9%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales total year to date (2021) 7,057 v (2019) 2,859 +146.8%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales August (2021) 831 v (2020) 294 +182.7%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales August (2021) 831 v (2019) 172 +383.1%
  • 5 Top Selling Car Brands August 2021 were: 1. Toyota 2. Volkswagen 3. Hyundai 4. Skoda 5. Ford
  • 5 Top car model’s year August 2021 were: 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Toyota Yaris, 4. Toyota Rav 4, 5. Volkswagen Tiguan
  • Top Selling Car August 2021: Hyundai Tucson
  • Market share by engine type 2021: Diesel 34.09%, Petrol 32.5%, Hybrid 16.32%, Electric 7.33% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.11%
  • Table below shows new car registrations by county for January-August 2021.Click Here to download pdf also
New Car Registrations by County (January-August) 2021
County 2021 Units 2020 Units % Change 2021 % Share 2020 % Share
Carlow 1072 927 15.64 1.11 1.18
Cavan 1064 913 16.54 1.1 1.16
Clare 1945 1795 8.36 2.02 2.28
Cork 11389 10076 13.03 11.83 12.78
Donegal 2256 1916 17.75 2.34 2.43
Dublin 39963 29657 34.75 41.49 37.61
Galway 3800 3287 15.61 3.95 4.17
Kerry 2014 1758 14.56 2.09 2.23
Kildare 4085 3522 15.99 4.24 4.47
Kilkenny 1754 1635 7.28 1.82 2.07
Laois 1162 1071 8.5 1.21 1.36
Leitrim 360 354 1.69 0.37 0.45
Limerick 3260 2941 10.85 3.38 3.73
Longford 478 387 23.51 0.5 0.49
Louth 2131 1938 9.96 2.21 2.46
Mayo 1676 1518 10.41 1.74 1.92
Meath 3142 2598 20.94 3.26 3.29
Monaghan 821 711 15.47 0.85 0.9
Offaly 1079 1025 5.27 1.12 1.3
Roscommon 917 773 18.63 0.95 0.98
Sligo 966 854 13.11 1 1.08
Tipperary 2491 2265 9.98 2.59 2.87
Waterford 2528 1936 30.58 2.62 2.45
Westmeath 1444 1176 22.79 1.5 1.49
Wexford 2396 1993 20.22 2.49 2.53
Wicklow 2116 1838 15.13 2.2 2.33

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