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New Irish car registrations up 19 per cent

The Official 162 car sales figures for the month of July have been issued by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). New car registrations are up + 19 per cent (131,264) ahead on the same period last year (109,931).

The total to the end of July this year has already surpassed the total number of new cars registered for the whole of 2015 (124,947). The month of July saw 162 registrations increase by 8 per cent (29,931) compared to July 2015 (27,594).

Hyundai continues as the number one new car sales brand so far in 2016. Total Hyundai passenger car sales, year to date, are at 14,460 representing an increase of 35 per cent in Hyundai passenger car sales for the same period in 2015. It is also the top selling brand in July, with a total July 162 passenger sales at 4012, representing an increase of 27 per cent for the same period last year..

For July, Hyundai was followed by Toyota in second place; third was Ford, followed by Volkswagen in fourth, and Nissan in fifth place. For the year to date (the first seven months), Hyundai is followed by Toyota in second place, Volkswagen in third, Ford in fourth, and Nissan in fifth place.

The Hyundai Tucson is the number one best-selling passenger car on the Irish market year to date. It is followed by the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Qashqai, with the Skoda Octavia in fifth place. The best selling new cars in July (162 number plate), the Hyundai Tucson was the biggest seller with 1,798 units, followed in second place by the Ford Focus with 1,180 sold. After those in July, came the Nissan Qashqai (1,107), Ford Fiesta (1,008) and the Skoda Octavia (902).
 If you combine new car and light commercial vehicle sales for the July sales period, Ford sold 3,399 cars and 1,178 light commercial vehicles (LCVs) giving it a combined sales total of 4,577 units, placing Ford ahead of Hyundai (4,012 cars and 25 LCVs or 4,037 units total) and Toyota (3,144 cars and 283 LCVs or 3,427 units total)


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The Commercial Vehicle sector continues to perform well with Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) up 15 per cent (4,341) on the same month last year (3,760) and currently, year to date, are up 23 per cent (22,746) overall.

Ford retained its leadership in the van market which also saw modest growth (15.2 percent) over July 2015. In all, there were 4,341 light van units registered, up from 3,768 for the same period last year. With 1,178 vans registered, Ford took pole position in the van market ahead of Renault with 570 registrations. As it has been for most of its 51 year history in Ireland, the Ford Transit was again the top choice of van operators in Ireland with 507 units registered during the month.

Trucking along nicely
Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations are also up 37 per cent for the month of July (397) 2016 when compared to July last year (290), with registrations up 41 per cent year to date.

Summary Stats:

New car sales year to date:
(2016) 131,264 (2015) 109,931 +19%
New car sales total July:
(2016) 29,931 (2015) 27,594 +8%
Top Five Selling Makes for the Year 2016:
1. Hyundai, 2 Toyota, 3. Ford, 4. Volkswagen, 5. Nissan
Top Five Selling Models for the Year 2016:
1. Hyundai Tucson, 2. Ford Focus, 3. Volkswagen Golf, 4. Nissan Qashqai, 5. Skoda Octavia

Top selling car for the month of July and year to date is: Hyundai Tuscon
Top selling colour for the month of July is and year to date is: Grey
Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date:
(2016) 22,746 (2015) 18,417 +23X%
Light Commercial Vehicles sales total July:
(2016) 4,341 (2015) 3,760 +15%
Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date:
(2016) 2,186 (2015) 1,550 +41%
Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total July:
(2016) 397 (2015) 290 +37%