5% drop in car sales in Tipperary this year

Sian Moloughney


Sian Moloughney

Tipperary new cae sales are down 5%

New car sales are down in Tipperary so far this year.

Official statistics released this week by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations in Ireland for the month of June were down 10.4% (1,255) when compared to June 2017 (1,400). Registrations year to date are 4.5% (87,151) down on the same period last year (91,215).

Car registrations in Co Tipperary have fallen by more than 5% for the first six months of this year when compared to last year.

The number of registrations in 2018 is  2429, last year there were 2576 registrations in the same time period. This represents a drop of 5.71%

National Sales

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were slightly up 2.06% (694) on June 2017 (680) and year to date are up 5.7% (16,633). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have seen an increase of 110% for the month of June (185) compared to the same month last year (88) and are down 1.1% (1,571) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown an increase of 11.5% for the month of June 2018 (8,142) when compared to June 2017 (7,304) while year to date are 12.8% (51,879) ahead of 2017 (46,002)

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan stated “While June has seen a decline in new car registrations of 10.4%, registrations in this month are relatively small numbers as many consumers will have waited for a 182 registration number. The more relevant measure is the Year to Date figure which shows a decline of 4.5% compared to the same period in 2017. This is somewhat at odds with the growth in economic activity in the country but has to be seen in the context of the volume of used car imports which impact negatively on new car sales. Commercial vehicle registrations both light and heavy vehicles have seen some increase for the month of June, reflecting investment for businesses.

This week marks the start of the 182 sales period, and with plenty of competitive offers for consumers right across the various brands, there is something for everyone. As always our best advice to consumers is shop around to find the best deal from local dealers.”

Stats in short

• New car sales year to date (2018) 87,151 v (2017) 91,215 -4.5%
• New car sales total June (2018) 1,255 v (2017) 1,400 -10.4%
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2018) 16,633 v (2017) 15,731 5.73%
• Light Commercial Vehicles sales total June (2018) 694 v (2017) 680 2.06%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2018) 1,571 v (2017)1,589 -1.13%
• Heavy Goods Vehicle sales total June (2018) 185 v (2017) 88 +110.2% 
• Used Car Imports year to date (2018) 51, 879 v (2017) 46,002 +12.8%
• Used Car Imports total June (2018) 8,142 v (2017) 7,304 +11.5%
• Electric Vehicles total (2018) 529 v (2017) 374 +41.44%
• Car Hire total year to date (2018) 13,680 v (2017)13,458 +1.65%
• Car Hire total June (2018 ) 314 v (2017) 99 +217.17%
• 5 Top Selling Car Brands Year to Date were: 
1. Volkswagen 2.Toyota 3.Hyundai 4.Ford 5.Nissan 
• 5 Top car model’s year to date were: 
1. Nissan Qashqai 2. Hyundai Tucson 3.Volkswagen Golf 4.Ford Focus 5.Skoda Octavia 
• Top Selling Car June: Opel Corsa