August Car Sales Down 21%
New figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that car sales in August (5,746) were down 21.26% compared to the same month in 2016 (7,297), and cars for the year so far (124,702) are down 9.97% compared to the same period last year (138,504).
Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) sales fell in August by 23.37% with 1,377 registrations compared to 1,797 in August last year. Sales for LCV’s for the the year so far were down 14.24% (21,035) compared to the same period in 2016 (24,528). The top five best selling LCV makes so far this year are: Ford (5,005), Volkswagen (3,824), Renault (2,749), Toyota (1,807) and Peugeot (1,507).
Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGC) sales were down 18.4% (204) in August compared to the same month last year (250). And sales were down 13.59% (2,102) for the year so far compared to the same period last year (2,432). The top five selling makes of HGV so far this year are: Volvo (559), Scania (435), Daf (243), Mercedes-Benz (240) and Renault (192).
Volkswagen was the top selling make in August with 599 units, followed by Toyota, Ford, SKoda and Hyundai. Volkswagen was the also best selling brand for the year to date with 12,810 units with Toyota (12,258), Ford (11,695), Hyundai (11,664) and Nissan (9,978) completing the top five.
The top selling car of August was the Skoda Octavia, followed by Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Tiguan and Peugeot 3008. The top five selling car models for the year to date are the Hyundai Tucson (4,819), Nissan Qashqai (4,061), Volkswagen Golf (4,025), Skoda Octavia (3,738) and Ford Focus (3,701).
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