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Native Irish fleet lowest since 2006 as imports soar


Vehicle history and data expert Cartell.ie has reported that the size of the native Irish fleet is now at its lowest level since March 2006 (1.78 million) as imports soar (488k). The size of the native fleet (vehicles first registered in Ireland) fell quite dramatically in the final quarter of 2017: recording 1.85 million in September falling to 1.78 million by the end of December.

Cartell.ie tracked the size of the fleet (both native fleet and imported fleet) on the first day of each month between January 1999 and January 2018. Between January 2017 and January 2018 the imported fleet has increased in size from 444,217 to 487,492 (+43,275). For the equivalent period the native fleet has declined from 1,838,573 to 1,784,716 (-53,857).

Graph 1: Size of Private Fleet, Native fleet, Imports 1999 to 2018 (Source: Cartell Carstat)

The size of the fleet oscillates throughout the year as vehicles leave the fleet and others enter (new and imported). However the decline in size of the native fleet since September has been particularly notable.

John Byrne, Legal and Public Relations Manager, Cartell.ie, says: “The impact of imports has been noticeable in 2017 as owners retire native vehicles and look to replace them with imported vehicles in ever increasing numbers. We would see imports remaining strong in 2018 alongside a curb in demand for new diesel vehicles. While hybrid and electric vehicle sales will continue to dominate headlines with analysts waiting for a headwind to bring in larger numbers of sales it’s still likely the dominate theme for 2018 will be imports.”

Table 1: Size of Native Fleet and Imported Fleet – 2017 to 2018 (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Date

Native Fleet Size

Imported Fleet Size

01/01/2017

1838573

444217

01/02/2017

1863554

448304

01/03/2017

1866925

452452

01/04/2017

1872792

457357

01/05/2017

1867641

461009

01/06/2017

1861182

465042

01/07/2017

1848626

468757

01/08/2017

1859613

472461

01/09/2017

1848975

476748

01/10/2017

1834861

480910

01/11/2017

1819436

484783

01/12/2017

1803164

488178

01/01/2018

1784716

487492

Table 2: Size of Native Fleet and Imported Fleet – Jan 1999 to Jan 2018 (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Date

Native Fleet Size

Imported Fleet Size

01/01/1999

1112630

6086

01/01/2000

1201598

40483

01/01/2001

1312845

60612

01/01/2002

1397905

70926

01/01/2003

1472651

77800

01/01/2004

1547041

84929

01/01/2005

1630779

100152

01/01/2006

1728724

131104

01/01/2007

1830774

174999

01/01/2008

1926180

217766

01/01/2009

1978147

259206

01/01/2010

1924616

286034

01/01/2011

1907700

304727

01/01/2012

1888373

322668

01/01/2013

1868152

339719

01/01/2014

1847325

368123

01/01/2015

1816049

386702

01/01/2016

1829985

407141

01/01/2017

1838573

444217

01/01/2018

1784716

487492