The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November
The Hyundai Tucson sold well in November

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released their official new vehicle registrations statistics for November 2020.

New car registrations for November saw an increase of 20.11% (914) when compared to November 2019 (761).

Registrations year to date are down 25.0% (87,728) on the same period last year (116,885).

The top 5 bestselling car brands so far in 2020 are 1. Volkswagen, 2. Toyota, 3. Hyundai, 4. Skoda and 5. Ford.

The top 5 bestselling models in 2020 so far are 1. Toyota Corolla, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Volkswagen Tiguan, 4. Ford Focus and 5. Hyundai Kona.

The bestselling car in November was the Hyundai Tucson.

Diesel accounts for 43.22% of the new car market, petrol for 36.98%, hybrid for 11.91%, electric for 4.48% and plug-in hybrid for 2.79%.

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 3.2% (830) compared to November last year (857) and year to date are down 14.8% (21,431).

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 30.5% (82) in comparison to November 2019 (118). Year to date HGVs are down 21.9% (2,038).

​​​​​​​Used car imports for November (8,647) have seen a decrease of 13.6% on November 2019 (10,008). While year to date imports are down 35.4% (67,151) on 2019 (103,900).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said:
While the registration numbers year to date highlight the extremely difficult trading conditions, down 25% on last year and 40% since 2016, today Ireland moves out of Level 5 restrictions which sees motor retailers re-open their vehicle sales functions. SIMI members operate with large well-ventilated showrooms and this along with the ability to display vehicles in an outdoor setting allow for business to be done in a very low risk environment for the transmission of COVID-19, making them safe for both customers and staff. With the key New Year selling period only weeks away, this re-opening comes at an opportune time. The use of digital platforms during the lockdown has provided an important shop window for customers looking to buy a new or used car and with Vehicle Manufacturers and retailers offering generous incentives to buy a new “211” car, the Industry is hopeful that activity will be brisk in the coming weeks and months ahead.”

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