Cartell.ie has tracked the profile of vehicles being imported into Ireland in 2018 and reports that Irish buyers are importing diesel vehicles in significant numbers.
Between January 1st 2018 and September 30th 2018, 76% of cars imported into Ireland were diesel accounting for 74,042 cars.
There has also been a significant jump in the numbers of hybrid and electric vehicles being imported. Imports of petrol electric hybrids grew by 193%, while imports of electric vehicles were up 148% over the past 12 months.
|Year of Sale/Fuel Type||DIESEL||PETROL||PETROL/ELECTRIC||ELECTRIC||PETROL/
PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC
Table 1: 2018 and 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)
The most popular imported vehicles are from Ford, followed by Volkswagen, Audi, Toyota, BMW, Hyundai and Mercedes-Benz.
|Year of Sale/Manufacturer||FORD||VW||AUDI||TOYOTA||BMW||HYUNDAI||MERCEDES BENZ|
Table 2: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Manufacturer (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)
The most popular model imported year-to-date is the Volkswagen Golf ahead of the Ford Focus.
|Year of Sale/Model||GOLF||FOCUS||QASHQAI||PASSAT|
Table 3: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Model (Source: Cartell Carstat)
In 2018, the most popular year of import is a 4 year-old-vehicle (2014) and a three-year-old vehicle (2015). The most popular vehicle segment for imports is the C segment followed by the D segment – the same as for 2017.
Speaking about the data on imports to Ireland, John Byrne, General Counsel at Cartell.ie, said: “This snapshot of the Irish market shows the Irish buyer is especially keen to import a diesel vehicle, usually a three or four-year-old and often a Focus, Golf, or Qashqai – models which have been consistently popular in the domestic market. The jump in the numbers of Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles being imported shows that buyers of those types of vehicles can see the value of importing and also points to a growth in the market for those vehicle types. Overall we would see imports remaining strong until at least the due date for Brexit in March 2019.”