Car registrations fall by 13 per cent
There has been a fall of 13 per cent in the number of new cars registered in Wicklow in 2019 compared to last year. Statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) record a total of 1,643 new car registrations in the county in the first five months of this year.
There were 255 fewer registrations up to May 2019 than the 1,898 new car registrations recorded in the same period for 2018. Nationally, new car registrations for the first five months of 2019 have dropped to 79,343 from 85,868 in 2018.
There has also been a substantial increase in the electric cars registered in the county this year. According to the SIMI, 78 new electric car registrations have been recorded in Wicklow up from 25 for the same period last year. Registrations of petrol electric and petrol/plug-in electric hybrid also increased. Local figures match the national trend as the number of new electric vehicles registered in the first five months of 2019 (1,902) has already surpassed the total registrations in 2018 of 1,233.
In May, a total of 107 cars were registered for the first time in Wicklow. Meanwhile, new car registrations across the country were up 4.7 per cent to 6,341 from 6,055 in May last year. Nationally, the number of imported used cars registered in May has also saw an increase to 9,346 from 8,978. For the year to date, imports are 3 per cent (45,062) ahead of 2018 (43,739).
SIMI Director General Brian Cooke said "Registrations for the month of May, both cars and light commercial vehicles, showed an improvement on May of last year, although the increase in numerical terms was relatively small. However, sales overall year to date have been disappointing with both business and consumer Brexit related uncertainty contributing to dampened demand for new vehicles. As we move into June the Industry is now focused on preparations for the start of the July 192 registration period. This will see a variety of strong offers to consumers across all brands, and in this environment, consumers will have a wide choice of cars to choose from at a really competitive price."
The top selling car brand in county Wicklow so far this year is Hyundai. The South Korean carmaker is the third best-selling brand nationally behind Volkswagen and Toyota. The top five car models in Ireland for 2019 so far are the Nissan Qashqai, the Hyundai Tuscon, the Toyota Corolla, the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Skoda Octavia.