The Opel Astra was Ireland's bestselling car in June 2019!

June New Car Registrations In Ireland

The Opel Astra was Ireland's bestselling car in June 2019!
The Opel Astra was Ireland's bestselling car in June 2019!

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of June were up 13% (1,410) when compared with June 2018 (1,248). New car registrations year to date are down 7.4% (80,712) on the same period last year (87,116).

The top five bestselling car brands in Ireland so far in 2019 are 1. Volkswagen, 2. Toyota, 3. Hyundai, 4. Ford and 5. Skoda.

The top five bestselling cars so far in Ireland in 2019 are 1. Nissan Qashqai, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Toyota Corolla, 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Skoda Octavia.

The bestselling car in June was the Opel Astra.

Imported Used Cars for June saw a slight decrease -1.0% (8,060) on the same month last year (8,140) while year to date imports are 2.4% (53,120) ahead of 2018 (51,879).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with a total of 1,954 EV cars registered so far this year, which surpasses the total number of EVs registered for the whole 2018 (1,233).

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are up 8.4% (752) on June 2018 (694), with registrations year to date down 7.6% (15,386). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 72.68% (316) in comparison to June 2018 (183) and year to date are up 14.6% (1,797)

Commenting on the registrations figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said “Despite Ireland’s strong economic performance, new car sales for the first 6 months of the year have been disappointing, 7.4% down on the same period last year and over 20% down over the last 3 years. Every county in Ireland has seen a reduction on last year, reflecting the uncertain trading environment arising from Brexit. Today marks that start of the 192-registration period, which offers retailers some respite, and with a variety of competitive offers available there should be a brief upturn in showroom activity. Many in the Industry are already turning their focus on October’s Budget, which coincides with Brexit. In the current fragile business context, SIMI is urging the Government to exercise extreme caution in dealing with motor related taxation. The Motorist should not be burdened with an increase in taxation on new cars, as this will only further dampen demand. The Industry supports some 47,000 jobs, and dramatic taxation changes could undermine this level of employment, the new and used car markets, Government Revenues, and our ability to renew our national car fleet which in turn could hamper Ireland’s ability to meet its international environmental targets”.


SIMI has asked the Government for extreme caution with proposed changes to taxation

SIMI Comment On Taxation Changes Budget 2020

SIMI has asked the Government for extreme caution with proposed changes to taxation
SIMI has asked the Government for extreme caution with proposed changes to taxation in Budget 2020

Official comment from SIMI:

The Motor Industry and the motorist is facing the greatest change in taxation since 2009. The Industry is haunted by the taxation changes in 2009, which undermined both new and used car sales by being too ambitious and seeking to implement change too quickly. Overnight car values plummeted, new car sales declined and the Industry fell off a cliff. That together with a recession resulted in the closure of 150 family businesses, 14,700 job lost and over €1bn in lost revenue for the Exchequer.

The looming Budget 2020 brings a very concerning feeling of Déjà vu. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) continues to highlight the need for extreme caution in dealing with motor related taxation in the upcoming Budget, doubly so now that the Budget almost coincides with the Brexit date.

The Economic Statement issued by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe yesterday outlined budgetary policy is not a one size fits all, and highlighted the huge difficulty in framing a Budget for next year.

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General outlines the major concerns facing the Industry

“In this already fragile business environment for car retailers, it is vital that Budget 2020 recognises the importance of new cars; to the economy, in terms of local employment and in terms of tax revenues; and to the environment as the renewal of the Irish car fleet with new vehicles, is the only way to make a material and sustainable move to reducing emissions from the private car. Our Industry is very concerned and angry at the possibility of sleepwalking into another potential 2009.

The State must stop overburdening new cleaner cars with tax, while at the same time ignoring the problem of replacing older cars, which is where the real emissions problems lie. In fact, it’s even worse, the VRT system discriminates against new cars when compared to older used imports. It would appear from various publications that the new car is being lined up as the easy target as if new cars are the main issue. Newer cars have the most up-to-date emission technologies and are less environmentally damaging than older used cars. Uncertainty in the market leads to consumers holding onto their older car or importing an older car that is perceived to be good value.

With the full move to WLTP emissions testing on the horizon, Budget 2020 must make allowance for the difference between the new and old emission testing systems. Most other EU countries have followed the EU Commission view that consumers should not be faced with increased taxation due to the new emissions testing regime. Ireland should be no different. We should be selling 150,000 new cars each year, but with threats of Brexit this number has already fallen to 112,000. If a VRT increase is thrown into the mix for 2020, we will see a further fall; history, in particular 2009 tells us what can happen. 

Last week the Government’s Climate Action Plan proposed a transition to zero emission transport, which the Industry fully supports and is proactively engaged in rolling out cleaner technologies. However, it is important to note that this transition is not deliverable in the short-term, as it will take a number of years to achieve, longer than is proposed in the Plan. We require the right measures that focus on gradual change and include sensible policies aimed at encouraging motorist to make the right choices that can lead to clean, affordable and convenient mobility solutions. This can only be achieved by allowing the new car market to flourish in 2020, which has clear environmental and economic benefits.

So let’s not make the mistakes of the past. Progressive changes to VRT should be focused at replacing older cars with new ones. This is the only way to start the transition to a low and ultimately zero-emission free fleet. In that way we will all win, the consumer, the Industry, the Environment, protecting the 47,000 jobs and businesses in our communities.”


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New Car Registrations In Ireland In May 2019

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback
The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in May 2019

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of May are up 4.7% (6,341) when compared with May 2018 (6,055).

New car registrations year to date are down 7.6% (79,343) on the same period last year (85,868). 

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

The five bestselling cars so far in 2019 in Ireland are 1. Nissan Qashqai, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Toyota Corolla, 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Skoda Octavia.

The top selling car in May was the Toyota Corolla.

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are also up, 5.2% (1,726)
on May 2018 (1,641), with registrations year to date down 8.4% (14,617). While
New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 31.3% (298) in comparison to May
2018 (227) and year to date are also up 7.7% (1,491)

Imported Used Cars for May increased 4.1% (9,346) on the same month last
year (8,978) while year to date imports are 3% (45,062) ahead of 2018 (43,739).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with a
total of 1,902 EV cars registered so far this year, surpassing the total number
of EVs registered for 2018 (1,233).

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General, said: “Registrations for the month of May, both cars and light commercial vehicles, showed an improvement on May of last year, although the increase in numerical terms was relatively small. However, sales overall year to date have been disappointing with both business and consumer Brexit related uncertainty contributing to dampened demand for new vehicles. As we move into June the Industry is now focused on preparations for the start of the July 192 registration period. This will see a variety of strong offers to consumers across all brands, and in this environment, consumers will have a wide choice of cars to choose from at a really competitive price.”


The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in March!

New Car Registrations In Ireland In March

The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in March!
The new Toyota Corolla was Ireland's bestselling car in March!

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of March are down 5.6% (16,738) when compared with March 2018 (17,726). New car registrations year to date are down 10.7% (64,098) on the same period last year (71,760).

The top five bestselling car brands so far in 2019 are 1. Volkswagen 2. Hyundai 3. Toyota 4. Ford and 5. Skoda.

The top five bestselling cars so far in 2019 are 1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Nissan Qashqai 3. Skoda Octavia 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Ford Focus

The bestselling car in March was the Toyota Corolla.

The new Commercial Vehicle sector shows a similar picture, with new Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations down 2.2% (3,067) on March 2018 (3,137), and year to date are down 10.7% (11,182).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) saw a slight decline of 1.5% (267) in comparison to March 2018 (271) and year to date down 3.3% (886).

Imported Used Cars on the other hand increased by 9.98% (8,970) on March
2018 (8,156) and year to date are 2.74% (26,832) ahead of 2018 (26,117).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow with a total of 1,437 EV
cars registered so far this year, this has surpassed the total number of EVs
registered for the whole of 2018 (1,233).

Commenting on the
registrations Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General Designate said
“While new car sales
are being dampened by Brexit uncertainty, the increase in VRT on new cars for
2019, arising from the fact that no allowance was made for the first step in
the move to the new WLTP emissions testing regime, has also had a negative
impact.  Ireland is the only country in the EU that has sought to charge
consumers higher registration taxes due to the improved emissions testing regime.
While the VRT increases in this first phase of the transition to the WLTP test
figures only saw an average increase of 5% in the CO2 values, the second phase
next year will see these increasing by a further 21%. All other Member States
have followed the EU Commission view that consumers should not be faced with
increased taxation due to the improved emissions testing regime. SIMI had
warned that not adjusting for such large increases in CO2 values will burden
the consumer, damage new car sales and will actually reduce State revenues.
This has been the case as the decrease in new cars sales in Q1 has meant that
the State’s tax revenues from new cars have fallen by more than €60 million so
far this year, and this shortfall is only going to increase as the year
progresses.

While current low volumes
in the new car market have largely resulted from lower used car values for
consumers’ trade-ins due to the huge volume of used car imports from the UK due
to the Brexit-driven Sterling exchange rate.  To add a tax increase that
only applies to new cars, in such circumstances can only lead to the current
result. We urge the Government to take account of the impact of increasing
taxes, not just on new car sales but also on employment in the Motor Industry
across the country, and on the environment when recasting VRT and other motor
related taxes in 2020. There is one positive within the new car market,
electric car registrations have now surpassed the total number of electric cars
registered for the whole of 2018 and we would expect to see this sector
continue to grow.”
 


Regina Doherty TD Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection with Karl McAllister Apprentice with Spirit Motor Group and Sarah Sweetman, Apprentice with Joe Duffy Ford

Motor Industry To Recruit 150 Apprentices

Regina Doherty TD Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection with Karl McAllister Apprentice with Spirit Motor Group and Sarah Sweetman, Apprentice with Joe Duffy Ford
Regina Doherty TD Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection with Karl McAllister Apprentice with Spirit Motor Group and Sarah Sweetman, Apprentice with Joe Duffy Ford

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) announced at the Intreo Careers Fair, Dublin Castle, that the Irish Motor Industry is looking to recruit 150 Apprentices throughout Ireland. Apprenticeships include Motor Mechanics, Heavy Vehicle Mechanics, Vehicle Body Repairs, Agricultural Mechanics and Construction Plant Fitting.

In order to undertake an apprenticeship a candidate must find a suitable employer
to take them on for the duration of their four-year apprenticeship. They then
register with SOLAS,
who oversee the Training programme and award of the National Craft Certificate
Standard.

SIMI’s member companies have committed to recruiting 150 apprentices. Details
of the companies and apprentice positions, are available on the SIMI’s website www.simi.ie
 

The Motor Industry employs over 42,000* people throughout Ireland in a variety of positions. While there is currently a shortage of apprentices within our Industry, this has also been seen in other trade sectors. Events such as National Jobs week are helping to highlight the opportunities and careers options that are currently available.        

Regina Doherty, TD Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, said “I am delighted that SIMI and the Irish Motor industry is taking part in Jobs Week and it’s great to see so many opportunities available within the sector. These apprenticeships are a great example of the scope and scale of opportunity available within our growing economy and reflect the variety of careers we have been highlighting all week.”

Brian Cooke ,SIMI
Director General Designate said
“This is a wonderful opportunity for those who wish to
pursue a technical career while experiencing both a college and a working
environment. With the transition underway to cutting edge automotive
technologies, such as electric cars, hybrid vehicles, and autonomous vehicles, gather
pace there has never been a more exciting time to be a part of the
Industry.” 


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New Car Registrations In Ireland In February 2019

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The Volkswagen Tiguan was one of the bestselling cars in Ireland in February

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new electric car registrations for the month of February have shown a significant increase, with 330 registered in comparison to just 72 in the same month last year.

1,129 electric cars have been registered so far in 2019, which has almost surpassed the number for the whole of 2018 (1,233).

Elsewhere, new car registrations continue to drop. For the month of February they were down 11.1% (15,128) when compared to February 2018 (17,011). Registrations year to date are also down 12.2% (47,425) on the same period last year (54,034).

The five top selling brands in February 2019 were 1. Volkswagen 2. Hyundai 3. Toyota 4. Ford and 5. Skoda.

The five top car models in February 2019 were 1. Hyundai Tucson 2. Nissan Qashqai 3. Skoda Octavia 4. Volkswagen Tiguan and 5. Ford Focus.

The bestselling car in February 2019 was the Hyundai Tucson.

Light Commercials vehicles are also down 5.6% (2,486) compared to February last year (2,634), and year to date are down 13.4% (8,132). While HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 9.5% (266) in comparison to February 2019 (243), however year to date they are down 3.7% (621).

Imported Used Cars for February (8,861) have seen a very slight decrease of 0.4% on February 2018 (8,900) and year to date are down 0.5% (17,865) on 2018 (17,961)

Mr Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, said, “The record growth in electric vehicles sales in 2019 demonstrates the willingness of Irish consumers to embrace the change to a low carbon future. The Government is playing its part with a wide range of incentives supporting the purchase of electric vehicles and an investment of €10m in a significant expansion of the public charging network. The environmental benefits, longer range and low running costs of modern electric vehicles make them a viable option for all consumers. I would encourage all those purchasing a new car to play their part in making Ireland a climate leader and choose to drive electric.”

Commenting on the overall figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General Designate said, “With Brexit looming, new vehicle registrations continue to be negatively impacted across nearly all of our Industry. However, the one exception is the sales of Electric Vehicles, which increased by 542% this year compared to last year, and by the end of this quarter we will have sold more, new EVs than in the whole of last year. This increase is a result of a concerted effort by all stakeholders; by the Industry in supplying more, new EVs with greater travel range; by the Government through the generous taxation and other incentives; and by SEAI with their grant scheme. Ireland’s transition to a zero emitting fleet will take a number of years to happen, but the co-operative approach by the Industry and the State thus far bodes well for the future."


Outstanding Contribution to Road Safety presented to Gardai Press Office at the SIMI Motor Industry Awards 2019

SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards 2019

Outstanding Contribution to Road Safety presented to Gardai Press Office at the SIMI Motor Industry Awards 2019
Outstanding Contribution to Road Safety presented to Gardai Press Office at the SIMI Motor Industry Awards 2019

The SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry) held its 66th Annual Dinner at the Clayton Hotel in Dublin incorporating the SIMI Irish Motor Industry Awards in partnership with sponsor Bank of Ireland Finance.

Over 700 people working in the motor industry in Ireland were in attendance, with Oliver Callan acting as MC for the night.

In his speech, SIMI President Gerard O’Farrell reinforced the motor industry’s commitment towards zero emissions, and warned against short-term decisions, based on a simplistic view of the environmental and air quality challenges facing Ireland. He emphasised “the need for an agreed, realistic, roadmap with ambitious targets based on an understanding of what can be achieved.” This, he said, needs to be "a multi-annual commitment, led by Government and involving all of the stakeholders.”

Mr O’Farrell outlined how “the creation of Autonomous, Connected, Electric and shared technologies will offer potential for high calibre job creation and significant economic growth. Ireland is well positioned to play a leading role in developing the technology underpinning such vehicles and their operation.” The President called upon the Government to act now, to prepare the national infrastructure and reduce our exposure to risk as these vehicles become more mainstream. He called for the development of a cohesive policy, which will allow Ireland to be at the forefront of knowledge creation.

While outlining the wide-range of potential career opportunities available, the President also addressed the immediate challenge of attracting and recruiting sufficient numbers of apprentices and other trainee professionals. He encouraged the industry to focus on increasing the intake of apprentices and other trainees in order to safe-guard against potential skills shortages in the future.

The SIMI Motor Industry Awards are given in ten categories and are open to all sectors of the Irish motor industry. This year's awards were presented by Brian Cooke, Director General Designate of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), and Derek McDermott, Managing Director of Bank of Ireland Finance.

The winner of Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year was Autokey, Dublin 22
The winner of Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year was Autokey, Dublin 22

Category Award Winners

  • Franchised Sales Operation of the Year - Tom Murphy Car Sales, Waterford
  • Franchised Aftersales Operation of the Year- Kevin Egan Cars, Sligo
  • Commercial Vehicle Operation of the Year- Fitzgerald Commercial Ltd, Co Cork
  • Independent Sales Operation of the Year- Auto Assure Ltd, Co. Louth
  • Independent Aftersales Operation of the Year- Autokey, Dublin 22
  • Innovation in Fleet Management Solutions- Provision Vehicle Cameras Dublin 15
  • Vehicle Recovery Operator of the Year- Dysart Breakdown Recovery Repairs Ltd t/a Dysart Motors Co. Laois
  • Bodyshop of the Year- Pratt's Auto Bodyshop, Carlow
  • Innovation in Bodyshop Operation - Accident Repair Centre, Dublin 24
  • Motor Factor of the Year- Parts for Cars, Dublin 6

Winners were chosen based on a demonstrated award-winning level of excellence and best practice over the last 12 months, as adjudicated by an independent panel.

A special recognition award, in conjunction with the Road Safety Authority, was presented to the Gardai Press Office for their contribution towards road safety.


The Nissan LEAF is a strong seller in the growing electric vehicle segment

New Car Registrations In Ireland January 2019

The Nissan LEAF is a strong seller in the growing electric vehicle segment
The Nissan LEAF is a strong seller in the growing electric vehicle segment

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has issued the official 191 new vehicle registration figures for January 2019. The figures show that for the month of January, new car registrations are down 12.6% (32,374) when compared to January 2018 (37,023).

It’s a similar story for Light Commercials, which are down 16.3% (5,650) compared to January last year (6,753), and HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are also down 11.4% (356) in comparison to January 2018 (402).

Electric vehicle registrations have increased significantly with 811 registrations in January 2019, which is more than for the whole of 2017 and over 60% of the total for the whole of last year. While electric vehicle numbers are still relatively low, they are showing strong growth having increased from less than 1% of the market last year to 2.6% market share in January this year which is an encouraging increase in the right direction.

Diesel continues to be the market leader in 2019 with a 49% share despite an 8% decline on January 2018.

Petrol has grown to 40% and hybrids currently account for 7% of the new car market.

The five bestselling car brands in Ireland in January 2019 were 1.Hyundai, 2.Volkswagen, 3.Ford, 4.Toyota and 5.Nissan.

The five bestselling cars in Ireland in January 2019 were 1.Hyundai Tucson, 2.Nissan Qashqai, 3.Ford Focus, 4.Toyota Yaris, and 5.Skoda Octavia.

Brian Cooke, Director General Designate, SIMI commented: “New Vehicle Registrations in January are clearly disappointing but not surprising. With Brexit fast approaching adding to business uncertainty, the weakness of Sterling is continuing to drive down used car values which is increasing the cost to change. While we hope the EU and UK’s negotiations result in agreement that allows for free trade, the likelihood of no deal is increasing by the day. While the Industry is ramping up its preparations for a no deal Brexit, in the context of the potential impact on a sector whose activity will be in the region of €5 billion between now and the end of the year, it is crucial that the State fully clarifies the trading conditions in the event of no agreement being reached. This is an immediate issue as we may be only 8 weeks away from a no deal outcome. More positively the increase in EV sales in the second half of last year has further accelerated into January, with the total EV registrations of 811 representing nearly two-thirds of EV sales for the whole of last year.”


The Hyundai Tucson was Ireland's bestselling car in 2018

New Car Registrations In 2018 Finish At 125,557

The Hyundai Tucson was Ireland's bestselling car in 2018
The Hyundai Tucson was Ireland's bestselling car in 2018

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the year 2018 finished at 125,557, 4.4% down on 2017 (131,332).

The top five bestselling car brands in Ireland in 2018 were 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford and 5. Nissan.

The Hyundai Tucson was the bestselling car in Ireland in 2018, followed by the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia.

Imported Used Cars reached an all time high of 100,755 for 2018, an increase of 7.81% on 2017 (93,454).

Other noteworthy stats show that new electric car registrations for 2018 increased with 1,233 registered in comparison to 622 in 2017. The diesel and petrol market share have moved closer, with diesel in 2018 accounting for 54% and petrol (including Petrol Hybrid) for 44%.

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) finished at 25,561, recording an increase of 5.55% for the year in 2018, while New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) finished at 2,590, a slight decrease of 0.5% compared to 2017 (2,603).

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General Designate, Brian Cooke said,“Despite the strong economic performance of Ireland last year, 2018 proved very challenging for new car sales. The drop in new car registrations is largely a result of Brexit and the associated weakness of Sterling. This has led to a surge in used car imports over the last 2 years, and 2018 saw used imports surpass the 100,000 mark for the first time. The Motor Industry is however as always forward looking, and with the new 191 sales period now commencing, January and the first quarter will be the key focus for dealers. In this context, the new car market is hugely competitive, with a wide choice of models and creative incentives, as well as the availability of a variety of financing options driving real value for new car customers. For consumers looking at the used car market, whether an Irish car or a used import, SIMI’s advice is to shop around and consider the real benefits of shopping in your local retailer, who not only provides value to the customer but also encourages economic activity locally.”


2018 Nissan Qashqai

New Car Registrations Down 11% In October

2018 Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is Ireland's bestselling car!

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations for the month of October were down 11.2% (1,725) when compared to October 2017 (1,943).

Registrations year to date are also down 4.4% (124,809) on the same period last year (130,491).

The top five selling car brands so far in 2018 are 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford and 5. Nissan.

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

The bestselling car in October was the Nissan Qashqai.

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) have increased by 14.1% (998) on October 2017 (875) and are up 5.9% (24,779) year to date.

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have increased 13.2% for the month of October (129) when compared to the same month last year (114), and are up 4.8% (2,460) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown an increase 7.45% for the month of October 2018 (9,141) when compared to October 2017 (8,507), while year to date are 8.95% (86,418) ahead of 2017 (79,320).

Commenting on the figures, Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General Designate, said: “It comes as no surprise that new car registrations are down again this month, in line with the trend in the market so far this year. While the domestic economic backdrop continues to be positive, as evidenced by the increase in commercial vehicle registrations this year, the impact of Brexit and the associated weakness of Sterling has seen an increase in the volume of used imports, which has been to the detriment of the new car market.”