The Opel Corsa

New Car Registrations In Ireland In June 2018

The Opel Corsa
The Opel Corsa: a big seller in Ireland in June

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of June in Ireland were down 10.4% (1,255) when compared to June 2017 (1,400).

Meanwhile, new car registrations in Ireland so far in 2018 are 4.5% (87,151) down on the same period last year (91,215).

The bestselling car in Ireland in June 2018 was the Opel Corsa.

The top five bestselling car brands in Ireland for the first six months of 2018 were 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford and 5. Nissan.

The top five bestselling car models so far in 2018 were 1. Nissan Qashqai 2. Hyundai Tucson 3. Volkswagen Golf 4. Ford Focus 5. Skoda Octavia.

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were slightly up 2.06% (694) on June 2017 (680), and year to date are up 5.7% (16,633).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have seen an increase of 110% for the month of June (185) compared to the same month last year (88) and are down 1.1% (1,571) year to date.

Electric vehicle sales for 2018 are up 41% - from 374 in 2017 to 529 in 2018.

Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General, said: "While June has seen a decline in new car registrations of 10.4%, registrations in this month are relatively small numbers as many consumers will have waited for a 182 registration number. The more relevant measure is the Year to Date figure which shows a decline of 4.5% compared to the same period in 2017. This is somewhat at odds with the growth in economic activity in the country but has to be seen in the context of the volume of used car imports which impact negatively on new car sales. Commercial vehicle registrations both light and heavy vehicles have seen some increase for the month of June, reflecting investment for businesses.

This week marks the start of the 182 sales period, and with plenty of competitive offers for consumers right across the various brands, there is something for everyone. As always our best advice to consumers is shop around to find the best deal from local dealers."


Volkswagen Polo

New Car Registrations In Ireland In April 2018

Official data from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) shows that total new car registrations for the month of April in Ireland were up 3.33% (8,102) when compared to April 2017 (7,841).

New car registrations year to date remain down 4.68% (79,897) on the same period last year (83,823).

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were up 6.51% (1,800) on April 2017 (1,690) and year to date are up 5.39% (14,323).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCV) registrations are also up 4.74% for the month of April (243) compared to the same month last year (232), and are down 8.31% (1,158) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have increased 19.31% for April 2018 (8,649) when compared to April 2017 (7,249) and year to date are 11.74% (34,763) ahead of 2017 (31,111).

Commenting on the figures SIMI Deputy Director General, Brian Cooke said “April’s registration statistics released today are broadly in line with expectations. The slight increases in all sectors for the month can be attributed somewhat to the extra working days in April 2018 compared to last year, as Easter fell in March. Brexit continues to impact on business, as evidenced by the continued strong levels of used imports from the UK. Total new car registrations are projected to reach around 120,000 by the end of the year, a decline of 8.6% on 2017.”

The top 5 bestselling car brands so far in 2018 are:
1. Volkswagen

2. Hyundai

3.Toyota

4.Ford

5. Nissan

The top 5 bestselling models so far in 2018 are:
1. Nissan Qashqai

2. Hyundai Tucson

3. Volkswagen Golf

4. Ford Focus

5. Skoda Octavia

The bestselling car in April in Ireland was the Volkswagen Polo.


Nissan Qashqai Ireland's bestselling car

New Car Registrations In Ireland In March 2018

Total new car registrations for the month of March were down 10.5% to 17,796 from 19,890 in March 2017, according to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). New cars registrations year to date remain 5.5% down on the same period last year (71,842 vs 75,982).

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were up 2% (3,147) on March 2017 (3,084) and year to date are up 5.4% (12,537).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have declined 11.2% for the month of March (271) compared to the same month last year (305) and are down 11.2% (916) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown a slight decrease of 4.6% for March 2018 (8,154) when compared to March 2017 (8,545) however year to date they are 9.5% (26,116) ahead of 2017 (23,862)

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said: “March has been a challenging trading month for our Industry with snow days and two public holidays leading to shorter trading weeks, but we also had the Hire-drive deliveries at similar levels to last year to bolster registrations. Brexit however remains the dominant issue with Used Car Imports up 9.5% for the First Quarter while New Car Registrations are down by 5.5% over the same period. For the month of March New Car Registrations (-10.5%) and Used Car Imports (-4.6%) are both down, although it should be noted that the number of business days were reduced this year due to the Storm Emma and the Easter Holiday period, which was in April last year. Overall registrations for the First Quarter remain in line with projections based on the continuing impact of Brexit and the increasing volume of imported used cars. The light commercial vehicle sector by contrast has seen a continued increase reflecting the strong economic growth for businesses at present.

Continuing the trend highlighted in January the Diesel market share has reduced from 67% last year to 56% in 2018. This will have implications for our CO2 Targets, as the Average CO2 emissions from a New Car (113.2 Gms/Km) in Q1 this year has increased by 1.5 Gms/Km (from 111.7 Gms/Km in Q1 2017). This would produce a calculated increase of around 2,000 Tons in Annual CO2 for the new cars registered so far this year. The Increasing volume of imported used cars in Q1 had average CO2 emissions of 121.1 Gms/Km.”   

The top five bestselling car brand in Ireland so far in 2018 are:

1. Volkswagen

2. Toyota

3. Hyundai

4. Ford

5. Nissan

The top five bestselling car models in Ireland so far in 2018 are:

1. Nissan Qashqai

2. Hyundai Tucson

3. Volkswagen Golf

4. Ford Focus

5. Skoda Octavia

The Nissan Qashqai has outsold the Hyundai Tucson to become Ireland's bestselling car again and it was also the bestselling car for the month of March.

Mercedes-Benz is the bestselling premium brand in Ireland with a narrow margin over Audi, while the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is Ireland's bestselling premium car so far in 2018.


Skoda Octavia

Ireland's New Car Registrations In February 2018

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of February were steady. The month finished with 17,081 new cars registered compared to 17,089 in February 2017.

New cars registrations year to date are down 3.5% on the same period last year at 54,143 vs 56,092 in 2017.

The Commercial Vehicle sector showed a mixed result between Light and Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations. New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations were up 6.13% (2,634) on February 2017 (2,487) and year to date are up 6% (9,356).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have declined 10% for the month of February (243) compared to the same month last year (270) and are down 11% (646) year to date.

Used car imports have increased by 14.4% in February 2018 (8,903), and year to date are 17.3% (17,964) ahead of 2017 (15,317).

Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General, said "New car registrations for the month of February delivered a steady performance when compared with the same month last year, however registrations overall remaining 3.5% down year to date. The increase in the light commercial vehicle sector reflects the strong economic growth for businesses, particularly in the local economy, while HGVs which may be more impacted by Brexit concerns, remain down 11%. The Brexit impact is also visible in the continued growth in used car imports which were 15.7% up in February."

Diesel market share is continuing to move back toward more traditional levels in new car sales, having reached an artificially high peak of 73% in 2014. So far in 2018, diesel accounts for 57% of the market. As a consequence of this shift, the average CO2 emissions for new cars registered this year have increased by 2.1%."

What were the bestselling brands and models?

The top five bestselling car brands so far in 2018 are Toyota, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan.

The top five bestselling car model’s so far in 2018 are the Hyundai Tucson, Nissan Qashqai, Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf.

The bestselling car in February 2018 was the Skoda Octavia.

Audi is Ireland's bestselling premium brand, and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class is the best selling premium car so far in 2018.


Peugeot is a top ten car brand in Ireland in January 2018

Peugeot Arrives In Ireland's Top Ten Driven By SUV Sales

Peugeot has recorded its strongest performance in the Irish new car market in January 2018, entering the top ten bestselling brands in Ireland.

Peugeot Ireland saw a 71% increase in passenger car registrations for the first month of 2018. The success comes on the back of demand for the Peugeot 2008 SUV, the Peugeot 3008 SUV, crowned Irish Car of the Year 2018 and the newly launched 5008 7-seat SUV.

Colin Sheridan, Sales and Marketing Director said: “Despite the slight contract in the new car market, we are delighted to report a growth of 71% in what is clearly the most important month of the year for new vehicle sales. Indeed, it’s the strongest performance Peugeot has recorded in Ireland since the year 2007."

He continued: “Thanks to a number of Dealer appointments in the last 12 months and our ongoing Network development plan, we’ve seen particular gains in the all-important counties of Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Kildare and indeed in Sligo.”

Peugeot Ireland is looking forward to a number of further new product launches and dealer appointments in 2018.


This is a photo of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Ireland's bestselling premium car in January 2018

New Car Registrations In Ireland Down In January 2018

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released the official new vehicle registration figures for January 2018. New car registrations are down 4.8% to 37,125 compared to January 2017 when 39,003 new cars were registered.

Light Commercial registrations are currently up 6.3% to 6,728 compared to January last year (6,329), while HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are down 11.84% to 402 compared to January 2017 (456).

Alan Nolan Director General SIMI commented: “2017 finished down 10.4% as anticipated and also recorded a shift in the market-share of Diesel cars from 70% to 65%. The same trends have been apparent in January’s new car sales, which have delivered a steady start to the 181 registration period but Brexit has continued to impact with new car sales down 4.8%, while used car import registrations are up 20% compared to January last year. Diesel continues to be the choice of engine for over half of Irish new car buyers however the noticeable trend towards petrol and hybrid vehicles which started last year has continued in 2018. We expect this pattern of sales mix to continue for the rest of the year. While the number of Electric cars registered in January (104) shows a decline on January 2017 (168), this is a timing issue with supply and later new model delivery dates. The Sector remains confident that EV registrations will increase significantly in 2018.”

The top five selling car brands in the month of January were:
1.Toyota

2.Hyundai

3.Ford

4.Volkswagen

5.Nissan

The top five selling model in January were:
1.Hyundai Tucson

2.Nissan Qashqai

3.Ford Focus

4.Volkswagen Golf

5.Ford Fiesta

Ireland's bestselling premium brand was Mercedes-Benz, while the bestselling premium car was the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.


Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota Starts 2018 As Ireland's Bestselling Car Brand

Toyota has kicked off 2018 as the best-selling car brand in Ireland according to statistics released today from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Toyota Ireland is attributing this sales success to significant demand for its hybrid range.

In January 2018, Toyota secured a 11.83% market share, garnered through the sale of 4,393 passenger vehicles, 48% of which were hybrid.

Hybrid accounted for 49% of sales of the Toyota Yaris and RAV4, 71% of sales of the Auris and 77% of sales of the new C-HR SUV.

Toyota Ireland’s Chief Executive Steve Tormey said,“We’re delighted with the strong start to 2018, particularly with how well our hybrid range has performed, which is ahead of our powertrain mix predictions. With close to 50% hybrid mix of our total passenger car sales, it’s very clear that hybrid is the best technology in the market today to meet customers’ needs for more environmentally friendly and better driving experiences. With diesel now accounting for only 21% of our car sales, it’s clear Toyota customers are ahead of the market in their move out of diesel and into hybrid.”

Looking at the overall sales mix Ireland in January, hybrid accounted for 6.26% of the entire car market, which represents a 73% year on year increase. Diesel sales have fallen by 17% year on year.

Caroline Kidd


Ireland new car sales

New Car Registrations For 2017 Down 10%

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for 2017 finished at 131,356, a 10% decrease on 2016 (146,649).

The top five selling car brands in Ireland in 2017 were Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai and Nissan.

The top five selling models in Ireland in 2017 were the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia and Ford Focus.

Grey was the most popular colour for new cars in 2017.

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) finished at 24,195 for 2017,  down 14.2%. New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) finished the year at 2,602, down 9.4% on 2016.

Used car imports reached 93,454, which was an increase of 29.5% on 2016 (72,153).

Used Commercial Vehicle imports also increased during 2017 with LCV imports up 21.3% and HGV imports up 14.8%.

Commenting on the figures, SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan, said "2017 was a very challenging year for the Motor Industry, mainly due to the impact of Brexit on Euro/Sterling exchange rates. Without Brexit we would have anticipated a reasonable level of growth in the market but in the aftermath of the UK Brexit vote we had modified our projection to 132,000 and that prediction turned out to be very accurate with the car market finishing at 131,356. This number is still better than most recent years and produced reasonable volumes across all vehicle sales sectors.

We are, of course, now at the commencement of the new 181 sales period which is hugely important for our members who remain optimistic for the coming year. For new car buyers competition in the choice of models, the various incentives and special offers, as well as the range of finance options, mean that competition is driving value for consumers. The obvious value available in the Irish new car market has been apparent over the past 12 months with only 79 new cars imported in 2017, despite the low value of sterling. While used imports have been increasing strongly, new car imports have fallen by 25% in the last year and by almost 60% over the last three years. With such a range of models, offers and finance options available to consumers to choose from, the best advice, as always, is to research in advance, shop around and, if you can, shop local and support businesses in your home place.”


hyundai tucson ireland

New Car Sales In Ireland In January 2017

According to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), new car registrations in Ireland were down 1.7% in January 2017 compared to the same time last year. The month ended 39,019 new 171 cars registered versus 39,722 in January 2016.

Light commercials registrations were down 2.4% (6,394) compared to January last year (6,555), while HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations were down 6.3% (456) for January in comparison to the same time last year (487).

Commenting on the figures, economist Jim Power said, "Looking ahead to 2017, while the outlook for car sales is a bit more difficult to predict than last year, the projected growth in personal disposable incomes and the availability of credit provide solid support for car sales. However, the impact of Brexit and the increased volume in imported used cars are other issues that may impact on new car sales this year., Overall, though, numbers should be fairly close to last year with perhaps a slight decline of around 3% in new car sales in 2017, which would imply new car sales of around 142,000.”

Last year the Industry continued to generate strong returns for the Exchequer with a total VRT and VAT take of €1.5 billion (26.8% ahead of 2015) from new and used car sales alone.

Alan Greene SIMI President commented, “The Motor Industry continues to be a strong contributor to employment with 40,800 people employed throughout Ireland. Last year our Industry contributed €1.5 Billion to the Exchequer in car sales alone. 2017 was always going to be a more cautious year for businesses, right across the economy, but we have seen a steady start in January and hopefully we are on track for another good year and continuation of a stable market during the rest of the year”.

The top five selling car makes for January were Hyundai, Toyota, Ford, Volkswagen, and Nissan.

The top five selling models for January were the Hyundai Tucson followed by the Ford Focus, Ford Fiesta, Nissan Qashqai, and Volkswagen Golf.

Caroline Kidd


Hyundai Tucson ireland's bestselling car

New Car Sales August 2016: What's Ireland Buying?

Hyundai Tucson ireland's bestselling car
The Hyundai Tucson is still Ireland's bestselling car, outselling the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus

New data from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) shows that 7,313 new cars were registered in August 2016, and this figure is up 14% on August 2015 when 6,400 new cars were registered.

Meanwhile, total new car registrations for 2016 are still following the upward trend, up 19% (138,538) compared to the same period last year (116,195), and well on the way to breaking the 150,000 barrier predicted by year end.

Registrations of new Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVs) are up 11% (1,815) on the same month last year (1,642) and up 22% (24,545) year to date.

Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations are also up 49% for the month of August 2016 (251) when compared to August last year (169), with registrations up 41% overall.

The data shows that Hyundai is still Ireland’s bestselling car brand, followed by Toyota and Volkswagen. The Hyundai Tucson was the top selling car in August but is also the bestselling car in Ireland to date in 2016, followed by the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

Commenting on the figures, Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General, said, "The Motor Industry has been working hard to deliver the continuing level of growth in what has been a noticeably more difficult market since June. As we move toward the end of the 3rd quarter of the year, the Industry remains focused on business still to be done, with strong offers still available for consumers. In contrast with the era before the two-period registration system was introduced, when sales were all but finished in the first quarter, the interest in new vehicle sales now tends to carry to the end of the third quarter, but obviously at a lower rate.

He also emphasises the importance of the Industry to the Exchequer and warns against any moves by the Government in the next Budget that could negatively impact the sector.

“We believe the Industry is still on course to deliver close to 150,000 new car sales by the end of the year, indeed new car sales have already generated €1.2 Billion for the Exchequer in VRT and VAT receipts. Our Industry currently employs over 42,000 people nationwide and it is crucial that the provisions in the forthcoming Budget for 2017 support rather than undermine the State’s tax revenues and employment across the sector. It is important that Budget 2017 contains measures that improve the position of both consumers and businesses. The potential for post-Brexit Sterling exchange rates to drain business away from the Irish domestic economy was highlighted by the increase of 76% in the number of imported used cars in July, so clearly the last thing we need at this stage is any further damaging tax increase in the forthcoming Budget. Suggestions of piece-meal increases on diesel fuel or indeed on motor tax being considered, at a time when soaring insurance costs are already impacting, would be damaging and extremely ill-conceived given that a new EU emissions regime is being rolled-out from next year which will require a major review of our current environmental taxation.

Our Industry, like the rest of the domestic economy, needs stability and as much certainty as is possible to support consumer and business confidence, especially given concerns regarding Brexit, in order to support a continuation of the recovery and progress of the past few years."

Caroline Kidd