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2019 new car registration disappoints as attention turns to 201 plate

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) is looking ahead to the 201 plate following what has been “a disappointing year for the Irish Motor Industry”.

New vehicle registration statistics released today by SIMI show that the total new car registrations for November are up 19.2 per cent (769) when compared with November 2018 (645). New car registrations year to date are down seven per cent (116,888) on the same period last year (125,529).

Imported used cars for November saw an increase of 14.7 per cent (10,011) on the same month last year (8,729). Year to date imports are up 9.2 per cent (103,902) surpassing the full year total of 2018 (100,755).

Commenting, Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said: “Despite a small increase in November, new car registrations are down seven per cent on 2018, underlining what has been a disappointing year for the Irish Motor Industry.

“For the second consecutive year, used car imports have exceed 100,000, which is having a dampening impact on new car sales. With the 201 registration plate on the horizon, focus has already turned to January. With generous incentives for customers to buy a new car across all brands and across all market segments, members are hopeful for the busy start to 2020.”

Meanwhile, new light commercial vehicle registrations are up 50.4 per cent (856) on November 2018 (569), however registrations year to date are down 0.2 per cent (25,179). While new heavy commercial vehicles increased 51.3 per cent (121) in comparison to November 2018 (80) and year to date are up 2.6 per cent (2,603).

Currently 3,420 new electric vehicles have been registered so far this year compared to 1,224 last year.