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Recovering economy drives new registrations


Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car registrations for the month of April were up 10 per cent. 10,408 new cars were registered compared to 9,451 in April 2015, while new cars registrations year to date are up 26 per cent on the same period last year. 93,240 have been registered so far this year (to April 30th.) compared to 73,970 in the first four months of last year. 
 Light Commercial Vehicles (LCVc) show an 11 per cent increase in new registrations in April. That’s 2,311 LCVs sold in April 2016, an increase from 2,078 registered on April 2015. For the year to date, 15,730 LCVs have been registered, which is up 29 per cent on the first four months of last year.
Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HCVc) are also up 38 per cent for the month of April. That’s 315 new HCVs registered compared to the same month last year, when 228 were registered. And for the year top date, registrations are up 57 per cent on last year, with 1,380 new HCVs registered in the first four months of 2016
Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said: “Vehicle registrations are a very accurate barometer for the progress of the economy with the new car statistics reflecting the position of consumers while business activity and confidence can be seen in the commercial vehicle sales. Registrations from the different sectors continue to perform well, as we progress towards more normal levels of sales for our Industry. The two registration plate system has produced two very strong sales peaks in the 1st and 3rd quarter of the year.  As we move closer towards the 2nd registration period we would expect to see sales taper off somewhat however there are still very strong offers and many deals still to be done.”

Stats in short:

5 Top selling car models year to date:

  1. Hyundai Tucson,  2. VW Golf,  3. Ford Focus,  4. Skoda Octavia,  5. Nissan Qashqai.

5 Top car brands year to date:

  1. Toyota,  2. Hyundai,  3. Volkswagen,  4. Ford,  5. Nissan.

▪ New car sales year to date 2016: 93,240  v  2015:  73,970, +26%

▪ New car sales total April 2016: 10,408  v  April 2015:  9,451, +10%

▪ Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date 2016: 15,730  v  12,153 +29%

▪ Light Commercial Vehicles sales total April 2016: 2,311  v  April 2015: 2,078 +11%

▪ Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date 2016: 1,380  v  2015: 881 +57%

▪ Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total April 2016: 315 v April 2015: 228 +38%

▪ Top selling model April: Hyundai Tucson.

▪ Popular Colour year to date: Grey.

Passenger Cars by County Year to Date

County

2016 Units

2015 Units

% Change

2016 % Share

2015 % Share

Carlow

1169

934

25.16%

1.25%

1.26%

Cavan

1056

849

24.38%

1.13%

1.15%

Clare

2171

1711

26.88%

2.33%

2.31%

Cork

12163

9214

32.01%

13.04%

12.46%

Donegal

2326

1763

31.93%

2.49%

2.38%

Dublin

34881

28337

23.09%

37.41%

38.31%

Galway

3795

3101

22.38%

4.07%

4.19%

Kerry

2161

1640

31.77%

2.32%

2.22%

Kildare

3848

3170

21.39%

4.13%

4.29%

Kilkenny

1894

1479

28.06%

2.03%

2%

Laois

1255

950

32.11%

1.35%

1.28%

Leitrim

409

353

15.86%

0.44%

0.48%

Limerick

3493

2749

27.06%

3.75%

3.72%

Longford

477

406

17.49%

0.51%

0.55%

Louth

2140

1697

26.1%

2.3%

2.29%

Mayo

1858

1535

21.04%

1.99%

2.08%

Meath

3070

2261

35.78%

3.29%

3.06%

Monaghan

827

616

34.25%

0.89%

0.83%

Offaly

1252

937

33.62%

1.34%

1.27%

Roscommon

958

681

40.68%

1.03%

0.92%

Sligo

888

683

30.01%

0.95%

0.92%

Tipperary

2783

2283

21.9%

2.98%

3.09%

Waterford

2461

1905

29.19%

2.64%

2.58%

Westmeath

1456

1227

18.66%

1.56%

1.66%

Wexford

2325

1807

28.67%

2.49%

2.44%

Wicklow

2124

1682

26.28%

2.28%

2.27%