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New car registrations down 7pc year to date

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released its official new vehicle registration statistics, which show that the total new car registrations for October are up 29.3 per cent (2,184) when compared with October 2018 (1,689). However, new car registrations year to date are down seven per cent (116,129) on the same period last year (124,884).

New light commercial vehicle registrations are up 8.09 per cent (1,069) on October 2018 (989), however registrations year to date are down 1.3 per cent (24,324). While new heavy commercial vehicles increased 4.65 per cent (135) in comparison to October 2018 (129) and year to date are slightly up 1.06 per cent (2,484).

Imported used cars for October saw an increase of 25.4 per cent (11,460) on the same month last year (9,139) and year to date imports are up 8.65 per cent (93,893) ahead of 2018 (86,417).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with a total of 3,222 electric cars registered so far this year compared to 1,211 last year.

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations figures Brian Cooke, SIMI director general said: “New car registrations for the month of October show an improvement on the same month last year, with much of this growth accounted for by an increase in the sale of electric vehicles.

“However, new car registrations year to date continue to disappoint, down seven per cent on 2018 and over 20 per cent since 2016. The impact of Brexit and sterling weakness continues to drive used car imports which is impacting negatively on the new car market. Despite the uncertain trading environment facing our Industry, focus is quickly turning to next year and the 2020 registration plate, with some recovery in the new car market vital in reducing Ireland’s emissions from transport.”