The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland
The Hyundai IONIQ 5 continues to sell well in Ireland

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry has released the official 221 new vehicle registration figures for April. They show that new car registrations in April 2022 were up 10.3% (7,886) when compared to April 2021 (7,147).

Registrations year to date are up 4.7% (57,776) on the same period last year (55,177) and are 20.9% behind (73,030) that of pre-Covid levels in 2019.

The five bestselling car brands so far this year are: 1. Toyota, 2. Hyundai, 3. Kia, 4. Volkswagen and 5. Skoda.

The five bestselling cars so far this year are 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Toyota Corolla, 3. Toyota C-HR, 4. Toyota RAV4 and 5. Toyota Yaris.

For the month of April, 1,286 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 590 in April 2021. So far this year 7,524 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 3,406 in the same period 2021.

The five top electric cars sold so far this year are 1. Hyundai IONIQ 5, 2. Volkswagen ID.4, 3. Kia EV6, 4. Nissan Leaf, and 5. Tesla Model 3.

The bestselling car in April 2022 was the Hyundai Tucson.

Electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share now of 43.89%.

Petrol continues to remain dominant in the Irish market with 27.23%. Diesel accounts for 26.40%, hybrid for 23.56%, electric for 13.02% and plug-in hybrid for 7.31%.

Used car imports for April (4,223) have seen a decrease of 25.6% on April 2021 (5,676). Year to date imports are down 34.2% (15,864) on 2021 (24,095).

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 31.8% (1,626) compared to April last year (2,383) and year to date are down 19.9% (10,992).

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 36.1% (209) in comparison to April 2021 (327). Year to date HGV’s are down 15.9% (1,030).

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI said:

“While new car registrations in April saw a 10.3% increase on the same month last year and are up 4.7% year to date, overall registrations still remain 20.9% behind that of pre-COVID (2019) levels. The return to more normal new car sales levels is being hampered in the short term by both supply chain issues and the uncertain global political climate. Over the medium term both the high levels of vehicle taxation and the uncertainty over the continuation of electric vehicle supports has the potential to lead to the ongoing suppression of new vehicle demand. This will only make the ability to optimise the reduction in transport emissions more difficult. The increase in electric vehicle sales continues to be the one positive feature of the new car market, but this has only been possible due to the SEAI Grant supports for both cars and home charging. The continuation of these supports is simply vital if we want to get close to the EV targets outlined in the country’s Climate Action Plan.”