Wednesday 18 July 2018

Revealed: Top-selling car brands as dealers hoping 182-reg causes midsummer pick up in sales

Dealers are hoping for a midsummer pickup in new-car sales
Stock photo: PA
Dealers are hoping for a midsummer pickup in new-car sales Stock photo: PA
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

DEALERS are hoping for a midsummer pickup in new-car sales after the new 182-reg period started yesterday on the back of a fall in registrations over the first six months of the year.

The latest statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show registrations for last month were down 4.5pc for the first six months – and 10.4pc for June.

Playing a key role in dampening new-car demand is the continuous surge in the number of secondhand imports being bought here. To date they are running 12.8pc (51, 879) ahead of last year.

SIMI chief Alan Nolan says the drop in new sales is at odds with the economic growth the country is experiencing but points to the negative impact imports are having.

He said the start of the 182-reg sales period means there are keen deals and advised buyers to shop around for the value.

With electric vehicles now enjoying a reduction in tolls, all eyes will be on buying trends over the next few months. Up to the end of June they were up 41.5pc (529) on last year.

The Top 5 selling car brands so far this year are: 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford 5. Nissan.

And the best selling models are: 1. Nissan Qashqai 2. Hyundai Tucson 3.Volkswagen Golf 4. Ford Focus 5. Skoda Octavia The top seller in June was the Opel Corsa.

A better reflection of the booming economy may be gauged with new van registrations which are up 5.7pc this year.

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