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Mixed fortunes as wait goes on for buyers ahead of July registration period

New car supply still an issue but there is light at end of the tunnel


Couple buying car

Couple buying car

Couple buying car

In a few weeks the July registration period will begin – and some buyers are still waiting for their new car since early this year.

We asked distributors about the supply and demand issue and here’s what those who replied had to say.

BMW: It really depends on the model at the moment but there can be extended waiting periods for cars and they have more demand than supply. The thing is that there are different production plants around the world – Munich, Mexico, Atlanta and China – so the corresponding lead times are different. Adjustments have had to be made; some cars will now be delivered in 2023.

CITROEN: They are experiencing some delays but the situation is always changing. Every vehicle and derivative will have a different wait time. The message is that they are experiencing some delays and the advice is to speak to your local dealer.

JAGUAR/LAND ROVER: It has been a challenging start to the year in terms of supply but it is improving – and for the July registration period. But if you want to place a bespoke order, you are looking at a lead time of 8-12 months depending on the model.

LEXUS: “For 2022 we have a very small number of available vehicles left, for ES and NX we are now taking orders for January 2023 delivery.”

MERCEDES: New model arrivals are slower than usual due to the component supply issues. However, they expect this issue to improve later in the year.

OPEL: They anticipate stock to at least meet the same level as last year. However, they advise customers “to order early to avoid disappointment”. The more chips needed for a model, particularly in the case of EVs, the more difficult the supply chain is at present. Fully electric and plug-in electric hybrid model production is particularly difficult to secure at present.

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PEUGEOT: Most customers understand the serious constraints and are holding out for their production slot – by now the vast majority of orders have been cleared from January.

RENAULT/DACIA: They have a ‘generous allocation’ of Dacia Duster, Renault Clio and Renault Captur, and say they will be well positioned to meet customer demand. The only real issue on supply is vans with limited availability on Renault Trafic – new orders are expected to be supplied in September and Q4.

KIA: Supply varies by model but overall demand exceeds supply.

HONDA: They have supply across Jazz and CR-V Hybrid in limited quantities with some grades not available.

FIAT: They have a reasonably good supply of their volume selling models.

ALFA ROMEO: The revised Stelvio and Giulia are available from local dealerships nationwide for June/July delivery.

JEEP: The new electrified Renegade and Compass are available in PHEV and MHEV from local dealers for July/August delivery.

SEAT: Current stock levels are lower than last year but they are confident of recovering some lost production volumes in the second half of the year.

VOLKSWAGEN: “In some circumstances it takes three months for delivery but in extreme cases and depending on model and specification it can take longer. We’re doing everything we can to reduce the lead time for customers, including amending vehicle specification.”

New Mercedes GLC to have just hybrid or ‘mild’ hybrid power

Mercedes recently unveiled its latest GLC SUV. It comes only as a plug-in or ‘mild’ hybrid. The plug-in has a range of more than 100km on battery power alone. All-wheel 4MATIC is standard.

Prominent inside is the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz user experience) infotainment system, with improvements to hardware and software.

The redesigned front catches the eye with headlamps that connect directly to the new radiator grille. Muscular wheel arches extend the SUV look. Wide track and flush wheels (18 to 20-inch) do that as well.

The upper section of the dashboard has a wing-like profile with flattened round nozzles.

There is a 12.3-inch, high-resolution LCD screen in front of the driver and an 11.9-inch central display.

At 4,716mm, it is 60mm longer and 4mm lower; track widths are up 6mm at the front and 2mm at the rear. Luggage space is up 50 litres to 600 litres. The engine range comprises four-cylinder powerplants (four mild hybrid, three full hybrid).

The GLC has been one of the brand’s biggest sellers.

Renault steps up dealership base as it announces three new outlets

The Renault group, including the popular Dacia brand, has extended its dealership bases significantly.

With three new dealerships appointed since June 1, there are now 29 Renault/Dacia dealers strategically located around the country.

The car-maker has just announced the opening of new outlets in Dublin, Wicklow and South Tipperary.

Kevin O’Leary Clonmel was announced as the new Renault and Dacia dealership for South Tipperary.

One of Ireland’s most established motor groups, it was founded in 1963.

Kearys Motor Group has taken over Renault Belgard in Tallaght. It has more than 40 years of experience in the business.

The vastly experienced Windsor Motors will represent the Renault group brands at its Bray dealership on the Dublin Road.

Over the next few months, they will receive the new Renault and Dacia branding.

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