New car sales in November show year on year increase

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New car sales in November show year on year increase

New vehicle registration statistics release on Monday by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), show that the total new car registrations for November are up 19.2% (769) when compared with November 2018 (645).

New car registrations year to date are down 7% (116,888) on the same period last year (125,529).

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are up 50.4% (856) on November 2018 (569), however registrations year to date are down 0.2% (25,179).

While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 51.3% (121) in comparison to November 2018 (80) and year to date are up 2.6% (2,603).

Imported Used Cars for November saw an increase of 14.7% (10,011) on the same month last year (8,729).

Year to date imports are up 9.2% (103,902) surpassing the full year total of 2018 (100,755).

Currently 3,420 new electric vehicles have been registered so far this year compared to 1,224 last year.

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations figures Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said,

“Despite a small increase in November, new car registrations are down 7% on 2018, underlining what has been a disappointing year for the Irish Motor Industry.

“For the second consecutive year, used car imports have exceed 100,000, which is having a dampening impact on new car sales.

“With the 201 registration plate on the horizon, focus has already turned to January.

“With generous incentives for customers to buy a new car across all brands and across all market segments, members are hopeful for the busy start to 2020”.

In Laois the figures to November were:

1,341 new cars in 2019

1,508 new cars in 2018

-11.07% drop

1.15% market share in 2019

1.2% market share in 2018