October new car sales up, year to date down

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released its official new vehicle registrations statistics.

New car registrations for October seen an increase of 6.2 per cent (2,315) when compared to October 2019 (2,179). While registrations year to date are down 25.2 per cent (86,870) on the same period last year (116,124).

Used car imports for October (9,315) have seen a decrease of 18.7 per cent on October 2019 (11,457). While year to date imports are down 37.7 per cent (58,504) on 2019 (93,892).

Electric car sales for October (254) have increased 3.25 per cent on October 2019 (246). EV sales year to date (3,867) are up 20.09 per cent on 2019 (3,220).

Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, Skoda and Ford are the five top selling brands so far this year. The Toyota Corolla has been Ireland’s best selling car to date this year, followed by the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Focus and Hyundai Kona.

The Volkswagen ID.3 topped new car sales for October 2020.

The market share by engine type in 2020 to date is; diesel 43.1 per cent, petrol 37.12 per cent, hybrid 11.93 per cent electric 4.45 per cent and plug-in hybrid 2.78 per cent.

Light commercials vehicles are up 56.2 per cent (1,667) compared to October last year (1,067) and year to date are down 15.3 per cent (20,587). Heavy goods vehicle registrations are up 15.7 per cent (155) in comparison to October 2019 (134). However, year to date HGV’s are down 21.5 per cent (1,951).

Brian Cooke, SIMI director general commented: “October new car and light commercial vehicle registrations are broadly in line with the same month last year. However, like many other retail sectors, overall this year has been hugely difficult due to Covid-19, with new car sales down 25 per cent year to date.

“With car showrooms closed for the next number of weeks due to government Covid-19 restrictions, retailers have been enhancing their online presence, particularly with the month of November being the key selling period for forward orders for the new registration plate in January. Manufacturers and retailers are already offering generous incentives for customers to buy a new car.

“With the ongoing impact of Covid and the impending Brexit deadline fast approaching it is vital that the government continue to support business in this uncertain trading environment.”

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