Thursday 22 February 2018

Irish car sales up 28pc on last year as motorists snap up 16-reg

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

NEW-CAR buying slowed a little last month because of the early Easter but were still up 14pc on last year, new official figures show.

Despite two fewer trading days, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) statistics reveal that registrations were up 14pc (21,597) compared with March 2015 (18,933).

However, registrations for the year to date (82,882) are a significant 28pc up on the first quarter for 2015 (64,519).

SIMI Director General Alan Nolan says that even allowing for the Easter break the “increase in sales across all sectors has continued upwards and it is encouraging to see consumers and businesses investing in their vehicles again”.

The top-selling makes so far this year are: 1) Toyota, 2) Hyundai, 3) Volkswagen, 4) Ford, 5) Nissan.

And the big-selling models are the 1) Hyundai Tucson, 2) Volkswagen Golf,

3) Ford Focus, 4) Nissan Qashqai, 5) Skoda Octavia.

The Nissan Qashqai was the biggest seller in March, the figures show and the top-selling colour so far this year is grey.

Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations were up 21pc (3,435)

According to Michael Rochford of the latest figures mark 51 months of high growth in the new-car market. There have been two successive years of 30pc+ growth.

And full-year registrations for 2016 are being forecast at up to 165,000.

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