The Hyundai Tucson was the bestselling car in Ireland in August

Official statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of August are down 13.3% (5,131) when compared with August 2018 (5,921).

New car registrations year to date are down 7.9% (110,572) on the same period last year (120,003).

The top five bestselling car brands year to date are (1) Volkswagen (2) Toyota (3) Hyundai (4) Ford and (5) Skoda.

The top five bestselling models year to date are (1) Toyota Corolla (2) Hyundai Tucson (3) Nissan Qashqai (4) Skoda Octavia and (5) Volkswagen Tiguan.

The bestselling car in August was the Hyundai Tucson.

There was an increase of 10.2% (9,708) in imported used cars compared to August 2018 (8,812). Imports are up 5% (72,211) year to date ahead of 2018 (68,784).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with 172 registered for the month of August, an increase of 4.2% on August 2018 (165). A total of 2,860 electric vehicles have been registered so far this year.

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said, Despite the strong economic growth, the new car market continues to contract this year, with registrations for the month of August following this trend. In this business context and with the increasing likelihood of a hard Brexit, SIMI is calling on the Minister for Finance not to increase taxes on new cars in Budget 2020. It is important that our new car market is as strong as possible from both an environmental and employment view point. Instead the current Brexit and taxation mix only encourages people to hold on to their older higher emitting cars for longer. New car sales need to increase if Ireland is to see the real benefit of improvements in emissions from new technologies, and taxation systems should support not hinder this.