New Car Registrations up 17.5% for 2016


New figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry show that new car registrations were up 17.5% in 2016 with 146,603 new cars registered compared to 124,804 new car registrations in 2015. In December, new car registrations were up 25% (430) compared to the same month in 2015 (344). 



Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) have seen an increase of 18.3% in 2016 (28,180) compared to 2015 (23,829).

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) are up 31.3% in 2016 (2,873) compared to 2015 (2,188).


Toyota (15,530) are the best selling make in 2016 with a slight lead over Hyundai (15,442). Volkswagen, Ford and Nissan complete the top five.

The top five makes in December were: Toyota (258), Peugeot (59), Ford (21), Volkswagen (14) and Dacia (10).


The Hyundai Tucson remained at the top spot for 2016 with 7,725 registrations. Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia and Nissan Qashqai complete the top five.

The top five selling models in December were: Toyota C-HR (157), Toyota Yaris (54), Peugeot 2008 (50), Toyota Corolla (25) and Ford Kuga (13).


Alan Nolan, Director General of SIMI has said; “New car registrations for 2016 finished at 146,603 for the full year, making it the highest year for new car registrations since 2008. Despite some slowing in the second half of the year, the numbers are in line with the expectations at the start of 2016 and underline the continued growth and buoyancy in the economy.

As we move into 2017 and the new 171 registration period the industry is anticipating a continuation of the strong performance seen during 2016 and is projecting similar registration numbers to last year.”

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