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New Car Sales down 4.8 per cent in January


Official figures released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car sales in January 2018 decreased on last year. In January 2018, 37,125 new cars were registered compared to 39,003 units in January 2017. This represents a drop of 1,878 units or down 4.82 per cent on last year.

Top 10 Marques Passenger Cars Sales for January 2018

Rank

Make

2018

Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

1

TOYOTA

4393

4472

1.77%

11.83%

11.47%

2

HYUNDAI

3933

4582

14.16%

10.59%

11.75%

3

FORD

3740

4416

15.31%

10.07%

11.32%

4

VOLKSWAGEN

3590

3740

4.01%

9.67%

9.59%

5

NISSAN

2873

2999

4.20%

7.74%

7.69%

6

SKODA

2317

2285

+1.40%

6.24%

5.86%

7

RENAULT

2315

2721

14.92%

6.24%

6.98%

8

KIA

2030

1917

+5.89%

5.47%

4.92%

9

PEUGEOT

1517

887

+71.03%

4.09%

2.27%

10

MERCEDES-BENZ

1341

1549

13.43%

3.61%

3.97%

Car history company Motorsheck.ie claims that a large surge of about 4.500 units were registered yesterday, the last day of the month. As it often does, this gave the figures a boost as manufacturers looked to hit their targets.

Diesel continues to slide

Diesel continues to slide in new car sales with a 17.15 per cent decrease (4,383 less units) for the period, whilst petrol car sales increased by almost 12.84 per cent (1,526 more units).  

The government incentive on benifit-in-kind (BIK) announced in the last budget did nothing to boost the sales of all-electric powered vehicles with sales in that sector actually decreasing by 38.1 per cent.  Despite this, sales in the hybrid-electric sector surged by 981 units, an increase of 73.05 per cent on last year.

Toyota Ireland has kicked off 2018 as the best-selling car brand in Ireland thanks to significant demand for its highly marketed hybrid range. Closing out January with a 11.83 per cent market share, garnered through the sale of 4,393 passenger vehicles, 48 per cent of which were hybrid.


Looking more closely at Toyota’s best-selling hybrid models: the Yaris sold 1026 units, of which 49% were hybrid; the Auris sold 807 units, of which 71% were hybrid; the C-HR sold 813 units, of which 77% were hybrid; and the RAV4 sold 582 units of which 49% were hybrid.

Passenger Cars By Engine Type

Rank

Engine Type

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

1

Diesel

21174

25557

17.15%

57.03%

65.53%

2

Petrol

13414

11888

+12.84%

36.13%

30.48%

3

Petrol Electric

2324

1343

+73.05%

6.26%

3.44%

4

Electric

104

168

38.10%

0.28%

0.43%

5

Petrol/Plug-In Electric Hybrid

101

47

+114.89%

0.27%

0.12%

6

Diesel/Plug-In

Electric Hybrid

8

0

0.02%

0.00%

Despite registrations of the Hyundai Tucson being down by 266 (or -14.07%) on January last year, it retains the honour of being the top selling model in January 2018. It is followed by the Nissan Qashqai, the only model line in the top five to increase sales numbers on January 2017.

 As the market leader for January, Toyota is the only marque with three models in the top 10 best registrations list – the Yaris in sixth, and big growth in sales for the C-HR in ninth and the the Auris also showing a sales increase in tenth.

The biggest success story in the January 2018 new car registrations is that of Peugeot. It recorded the strongest performance in the Irish new car market this January, as demand for the Peugeot range soared by a huge 71 per cent increase in passenger car registrations for the first month of the year. The success comes on the back of demand for the Peugeot 2008 SUV, the Peugeot 3008 SUV, crowned Irish Car of the Year 2018 and the newly launched 5008 7-seat SUV. The strong growth assured the Peugeot marque of a top ten place in the sales league. 

Passenger Cars By Model

Rank

Make

Model

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

1

Hyundai

Tucson

1624

1890

14.07%

4.37%

4.85%

2

Nissan

Qashqai

1418

1347

+5.27%

3.82%

3.45%

3

Ford

Focus

1229

1541

20.25%

3.31%

3.95%

4

VW

Golf

1080

1272

15.09%

2.91%

3.26%

5

Ford

Fiesta

1074

1,419

24.31%

2.89%

3.64%

6

Toyota

Yaris

1026

992

+3.43%

2.76%

2.54%

7

Skoda

Octavia

962

1104

12.86%

2.59%

2.83%

8

KIA

Sportage

817

811

0.74%

2.20%

2.08%

9

Toyota

C-HR

813

502

61.95%

 2.19%

1.29%

10

Toyota

Auris

807

626

28.91%

2.17%

1.61%

Going Automatic

There is an interesting clear growth in automatic transmissions in new cars over manual versions.

Passenger Cars By Transmission

Rank

Transmission

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

1

Manual

28697

32458

11.59%

77.30%

83.22%

2

Automatic

8413

6545

28.54%

22.66%

16.78%

3

CTB / Linear Gear

15

0

0.04%

0.00%


Space utility gains more favour over traditional body types

There is a big drop in Saloon and hatchback sales with continuing growth in SUV and MPV sales.

 

Rank

Body Type

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

1

Hatchback

11872

13599

12.70%

31.98%

34.87%

2

MPV

11739

10105

16.17%

31.62%

25.91%

3

Saloon

5880

8214

28.41%

15.84%

21.06%

4

SUV

4574

3806

20.18%

12.32%

9.76%

5

Estate

2760

3068

10.04%

7.43%

7.87%

6

Sports Coupe

213

161

32.30%

0.57%

0.41%

7

Convertible

45

46

2.17%

0.12%

0.12%

8

Van

18

0

0.05%

0.00%

9

Other

15

0

0.04%

0.00%

10

Hearse

6

0

0.02%

0.00%


Passenger Cars By Segment


Rank

Segment

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

1

SUV Standard (H1)

12607

11007

14.54%

33.96%

28.22%

2

Small Standard (C1)

8171

10465

21.92%

22.01%

26.83%

3

Mini Standard (B1)

6250

7085

11.79%

16.84%

18.17%

4

Medium Standard (D1)

2292

3022

24.16%

6.17%

7.75%

5

SUV Prestige (H2)

1811

1554

16.54%

4.88%

3.98%

6

Large Prestige (E2)

1292

1068

20.97%

3.48%

2.74%

7

MPV Compact (M1)

1274

713

78.68%

3.43%

1.83%

8

Micro Standard (A1)

959

1410

31.99%

2.58%

3.62%

9

Medium Prestige (D2)

 870

928

−  6.25%

2.34%

2.38%

10

Small Prestige (C2)

589

771

23.61%

1.59%

1.98%

11

MPV Large (M2)

377

297

26.94%

1.02%

0.76%

12

Sports Standard (G1)

220

320

31.25%

0.59%

0.82%

13

Mini Prestige (B2)

198

153

29.41%

0.53%

0.39%

14

Sports Prestige (G2)

127

137

−  7.30%

0.34%

0.35%

15

Luxury Prestige (F2)

65

64

1.56%

0.18%

0.16%

16

Large Standard (E1)

21

9

133.33%

0.06%

0.02%

17

Excluded (X)

2

0

0.01%

0.00%

 

Passenger Cars By County

County

2018 Units

2017 Units

% Change

2018 % Share

2017 % Share

Cork

5065

5420

-6.55%

13.64%

13.90%

Clare

878

940

-6.60%

2.36%

2.41%

Cavan

438

528

-17.05%

1.18%

1.35%

Carlow

499

470

6.17%

1.34%

1.21%

Dublin

12775

13338

-4.22%

34.41%

34.20%

Donegal

864

992

-12.90%

2.33%

2.54%

Galway

1572

1656

-5.07%

4.23%

4.25%

Kildare

1706

1694

0.71%

4.60%

4.34%

Kilkenny

858

861

-0.35%

2.31%

2.21%

Kerry

859

932

-7.83%

2.31%

2.39%

Limerick

1473

1549

-4.91%

3.97%

3.97%

Longford

236

244

-3.28%

0.64%

0.63%

Louth

880

886

-0.68%

2.37%

2.27%

Leitrim

167

201

-16.92%

0.45%

0.52%

Laois

546

569

-4.04%

1.47%

1.46%

Meath

1266

1327

-4.60%

3.41%

3.40%

Monaghan

320

346

-7.51%

0.86%

0.89%

Mayo

682

816

-16.42%

1.84%

2.09%

Offaly

549

542

1.29%

1.48%

1.39%

Roscommon

386

427

-9.60%

1.04%

1.09%

Sligo

370

396

-6.57%

1.00%

1.02%

Tipperary

1171

1193

-1.84%

3.15%

3.06%

Waterford

985

1015

-2.96%

2.65%

2.60%

Westmeath

584

649

-10.02%

1.57%

1.66%

Wicklow

958

954

0.42%

2.58%

2.45%

Wexford

1038

1058

-1.89%

2.80%

2.71%

Used Imports Sales Soar

Used imports continued to grow with a circa with circa 9,060 units registered. That’s a 20 per cent increase in January 2018 compared to the same month last year. Despite the downturn in diesel sales in the new car market, used diesel imports were up 17 per cent on last year.