November New Car Registrations up 24%: EV supports vital to create a viable used car market

Recent and sudden removal of the PHEV Grant sends a bad signal to motorists and the Industry.

  • 1,131 new cars registrations for November compared to 913 in November 2020 (+23.9%) and 761 in November 2019 (+48.6%).
  • 104,563 new cars registered year to date compared to 87,724 for the same period in 2020 (+19.2%) and 116,885 in 2019 (-10.5%).
  • 195 new electric vehicles registered in November compared to 61 in November 2020 (+219.7%).
  • 8,533 new electric cars registered year to date in comparison to 3,928 on the same period 2020 (+117.2%).

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 a decrease of 767 registrations compared to November last year 829 and an increase on 857 registrations for the same month in 2019. Year to date 28,424 new LCVs were registered, an increase on last year’s 21,431 (+32.6%) and on 25,161 in 2019 (+13.0%).

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) seen an increase of 177 registrations in November when compared to 81 in November 2020 and 118 November 2019. Year to date HGV’s registrations total 2,649 compared with 2,037 in 2020 (+30.04%) and 2,610 in 2019 (+1.5%).

4,445 used cars imported in November 2021, compared with 8,645 imports in November 2020, and a decrease on the 10,008 imports in November 2019. Year to date used imports are down 10.7% (59,982) on 2020 (67,149) and down 42.3% on 2019 (103,900).

195 new electric vehicles registered in November compared to 61 in November 2020. So far this year 8,533 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 3,928 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 31.62%. Diesel now accounts for 33.50%, Petrol 32.20%, Hybrid 16.19%, Electric 8.16% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.27%.

Commenting Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General:
New car registrations for November were ahead of last year for both the month and year to date, although new car sales continue to remain behind pre-COVID levels. The most positive aspect of the new car market is the ongoing growth in the electric car segment, with a further increase in EV sales anticipated next year. Notwithstanding this, we are still in the early stages of de-carbonising the national fleet and we have a very long way to go to get close to the targets in the Climate Action Plan. In this context, we need to continue year on year growth in EV sales, which in turn will kick start an active used EV market. In order to achieve this, we must both extend the EV supports until there is a critical mass of these cars to create a viable used car market, and implement a tax strategy that supports a much stronger new car market. The potential benefits of this approach include the acceleration of EV growth, a material reduction in emissions, removal of the worst polluters from Irish roads and increased tax revenues. In a recent address to the Oireachtas Committee on the Environment and Climate Action, the Society highlighted the importance of the extension of EV supports, the rolling out of a national charging infrastructure, and an increased focus on supporting the business EV market. It is simply too soon to start eroding the current EV supports, but the recent and sudden removal of the PHEV Grant sends a bad signal to motorists and the Industry. It is not too late to reverse this, and we would again urge the Government to re-instate this support for those vehicles that the Industry and consumers have already committed to.”

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New car registrations over the past decade are well below what a normal new car market should be of 165,000 registrations per annum.
The Irish new and used car markets have underperformed since 2008, due to a number of factors, including; the recession; Brexit; the pandemic; and high local taxation levels.

2021 Total New Vehicle Stats

  • New Car sales total year to date (2021) 104,563 v (2020) 87,724 +19.2%
  • New Car sales total year to date (2021) 104,563 v (2019) 116,885 -10.5%
  • New Car sales total November (2021) 1,131 v (2020) 913 +23.9%
  • New Car sales total November (2021) 1,131 v (2019) 761 +48.6%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2021) 28,424 v (2020) 21,431 +32.6%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2021) 28,424 v (2019) 25,161 +13.0%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total November (2021) 767 v (2020) 829 -7.5%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total November (2021) 767 v (2019) 857 -10.5%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2021) 2,649 v (2020) 2,037 +30.04%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2021) 2,649 v (2019) 2,610 +1.5%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales November (2021) 177 v (2020) 81 +118.5%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales November (2021) 177 v (2019) 118 +50.0%
  • Used Car Imports total year to date (2021) 59,982 v (2020) 67,149 -10.7%
  • Used Car Imports total year to date (2021) 59,982 v (2019) 103,900 -42.3%
  • Used Car Imports total November (2021) 4,445 v (2020) 8,645 -48.6%
  • Used Car Imports total November (2021) 4,445 v (2019) 10,008 -55.6%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales total year to date (2021) 8,533 v (2020) 3,928 +117.2%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales total year to date (2021) 8,533 v (2019) 3,413+150.0%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales November (2021) 195 v (2020) 61 +219.7%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales November (2021) 195 v (2019) 193 +1.0%
  • 5 Top Selling Car Brands November 2021 were: 1. Toyota 2. Volkswagen 3. Hyundai 4. Skoda 5. Ford
  • 5 Top car model’s year November 2021 were: 1. Hyundai Tucson 2. Toyota Corolla 3. Toyota Yaris 4. Volkswagen Tiguan 5. Toyota C-HR
  • Top Selling Car November 2021: Toyota Corolla
  • Market share by engine type 2021: Diesel 33.50%, Petrol 32.20%, Hybrid 16.19%, Electric 8.16% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.27%
  • Table below shows new car registrations by county for January-November 2021.
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New Car Registrations by County Year to Date (January-November) 2021
County 2021 Units 2020 Units % Change 2021 % Share 2020 % Share
Carlow 1170 1025 14.15 1.12 1.17
Cavan 1135 1000 13.5 1.09 1.14
Clare 2100 1971 6.54 2.01 2.25
Cork 12324 11056 11.47 11.79 12.6
Donegal 2399 2094 14.57 2.29 2.39
Dublin 43609 33809 28.99 41.71 38.54
Galway 4097 3608 13.55 3.92 4.11
Kerry 2205 1932 14.13 2.11 2.2
Kildare 4485 3877 15.68 4.29 4.42
Kilkenny 1856 1780 4.27 1.78 2.03
Laois 1233 1177 4.76 1.18 1.34
Leitrim 386 397 -2.77 0.37 0.45
Limerick 3466 3186 8.79 3.31 3.63
Longford 517 426 21.36 0.49 0.49
Louth 2357 2103 12.08 2.25 2.4
Mayo 1825 1633 11.76 1.75 1.86
Meath 3394 2816 20.53 3.25 3.21
Monaghan 881 780 12.95 0.84 0.89
Offaly 1160 1114 4.13 1.11 1.27
Roscommon 981 839 16.92 0.94 0.96
Sligo 1055 929 13.56 1.01 1.06
Tipperary 2693 2506 7.46 2.58 2.86
Waterford 2716 2104 29.09 2.6 2.4
Westmeath 1562 1285 21.56 1.49 1.46
Wexford 2596 2221 16.88 2.48 2.53
Wicklow 2361 2056 14.83 2.26 2.34

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