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Large numbers of diesels being imported


Vehicle history and data expert Cartell.ie reports today (October 23) on the profile of vehicles being imported into Ireland in 2018 and reports that Irish buyers are importing diesel vehicles in significant numbers.

Cartell.ie the imported fleet in 2018 (all vehicles) between January 1 and September 30 (three quarters) and found that the vast majority (76 per cent) of vehicles currently imported into Ireland are diesel aspirated. There has also been a significant jump in the numbers of Petrol/Electric Vehicles (+193 per cent) and Electric Vehicles (+148 per cent) over the past 12 months indicating these vehicles are finding their feet in the Irish market.

Graph 1: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Table 1:

2018 and 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles)

(Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Fuel Type

Diesel

Petrol

Petrol/Electric

Electric

Petrol/Plug-In Hybrid Electric

2018

74042

17207

3502

529

803

2017

71483

16181

1810

357

130

Makes and Models Imported

In terms of the manufacturer breakdown Ford returns the most numbers of vehicles (all types) imported in 2018. Ford is followed by Volkswagen and Audi with Toyota occupying fourth position.

Table 2:

2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Manufacturer (All vehicles)

(Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale /Manufacturer

Ford

VW

Audi

Toyota

BMW

Hyundai

Mercedes-Benz

2018

11990

10583

6662

6578

6202

5406

5254

The most popular model imported year-to-date is the VW Golf ahead of the Ford Focus.

Table 3:

2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Model

(Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Model

Golf

Focus

Qashqai

Passat

520

2018

4356

4124

2459

2409

2254

Registration Year Imported and Segment

In 2018 the most popular year of import is a 4 year-old-vehicle (2014) neck and neck with a three-year-old vehicle (2015). These ages were also the most popular in 2017 although a three-year-old vehicle was more popular that year. The most popular vehicle segment for imports is the C segment followed by the D segment – the same as for 2017.

Table 4:

2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Registration Year

(Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Registra-tion Year

2014

2015

2013

2016

2012

2017

2011

2018

17427

17418

11373

9215

8458

6901

6243

Table 5: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Segment (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Segment

C

D

C-SUV

B

E Premium

D Premium

2018

18523

9012

7967

7551

6868

6313

John Byrne, General Counsel, Cartell.ie says: This snapshot of the Irish market shows the Irish buyer is especially keen to import a diesel vehicle, usually a three or four-year-old and often a Focus, Golf, or Qashqai – models which have been consistently popular in the domestic market.

The jump in the numbers of Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles being imported shows that buyers of those types of vehicles can see the value of importing and also points to a growth in the market for those vehicle types. Overall we would see imports remaining strong until at least the due date for Brexit in March 2019.

Graph 2: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles)

(Source: Cartell Carstat)


Table 6:

2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Manufacturer (All vehicles)

(Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Manufacturer

Ford

VW

Toyota

Audi

Vauxhall

BMW

Hyundai

2017

12645

10432

6408

6167

5199

4627

4378

Table 7: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Model (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Model

Focus

Golf

Passat

A4

520

2017

4918

4328

2523

2248

1626

Table 8: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Registration Year (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Registration Year

2014

2013

2012

2011

2015

2010

2016

2009

2017

15884

14649

10741

8322

7982

6770

5888

4918

Table 9: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Segment (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Year of Sale/Segment

C

D

B

Commercial-LCV

D Premium

E Premium

2017

19358

9478

7913

6606

5617

5541

Cartell.ie was set up in 2006 to help buyers make an informed choice when buying a used vehicle. This includes imported vehicles. It does so by providing a user-friendly and cost-effective vehicle data checking service. Cartell.ie is a totally independent company and fully Irish owned.