New figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that car sales in June (1,397) were down 13.92% compared to the same month in 2016 (1,623), and cars for the first six months of the year (91,189) are down 10.01% compared to the same period last year (101,327).
Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) sales fell in June by 20.67% with 687 registrations compared to 866 in June last year. Sales for LCV’s for the first half of the year were down 14.22% (15,784) compared to the same period in 2016 (18,401). The top five best selling LCV makes so far this year are: Ford (3,725), Volkswagen (2,937), Renault (2,016), Toyota (1,399) and Peugeot (1,128).
Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGC) sales were down 18.52% (88) in June compared to the same month last year (108). And sales were down 11.02% (1,590) for the year so far compared to the same period last year (1,787). The top five selling makes of HGV so far this year are: Volvo (388), Scania (349), Mercedes-Benz (203), Daf (186) and Renault (127).
BMW was the top selling make in June with 301 units, followed by Volkswagen, Toyota, Skoda and Dacia. Volkswagen was the best selling brand for the year to date with 9,220 units with Toyota (8,900), Hyundai (8,584), Ford (8,510) and Nissan (7,722) completing the top five.
The top selling car of the month was the BMW 5 Series, with the BMW X1 and the BMW 4 Series also in the top five. . The five top car model’s for the year to date are the Hyundai Tucson (3,586), Nissan Qashqai (3,146), Skoda Octavia (2,787), Volkswagen Golf (2,747) and Ford Focus (2,612).
Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said: ”As we had anticipated, the first half of the year has seen a decline in registrations in all sectors. As the Industry’s now turns it focus to the 172 registration period which commenced on the 1st of July, we would anticipate that sales in the second half of the year should keep us on track to reach the 132,000 total that was predicted at the start of the year.”
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