Drop in new car sales compared to last year

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Drop in new car sales compared to last year

New car registrations are down

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of June are up 13% (1,410) when compared with June 2018 (1,248).

New car registrations year to date are down 7.4% (80,712) on the same period last year (87,116).

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are up 8.4% (752) on June 2018 (694), with registrations year to date down 7.6% (15,386), while  New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 72.68% (316) in comparison to June 2018 (183) and year to date are up 14.6% (1,797)

Imported Used Cars for June saw a slight decrease -1.0% (8,060) on the same month last year (8,140) while year to date imports are 2.4% (53,120) ahead of 2018 (51,879).

New electric vehicle registrations continue to grow month on month with a total of 1,954 EV cars registered so far this year, which surpasses the total number of EVs registered for the whole 2018 (1,233).

Commenting on the registrations figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said “Despite Ireland’s strong economic performance, new car sales for the first six months of the year have been disappointing, 7.4% down on the same period last year and over 20% down over the last three years."