New Car & Commercial Vehicle Sales continuing to perform strongly, with car sales up 28% year to date

Official statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that new car registrations for the month of March were up 14% (21,597) compared to March 2015 (18,933). Total new car registrations year to date (82,882) are currently 28% ahead of the same period last year (64,519).

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), were up 21% (3,435) compared to March 2015 (2,838), with registrations up 34% (13,461) year to date. With HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) showing March registrations (312) were up 29% compared to the same month last year (241) and are up 63% year to date.

Commenting on the figurers SIMI Director General Alan Nolan said
“The increase in new car sales has continued for the month of March. While the stats show a lower percentage increase for the month it is important to put this into context, as the sales period for March 2016 had two trading days less than in 2015, with Easter having fallen in April last year. Even with this, the increase in sales across all sectors has continued upwards and it is encouraging to see consumers and businesses investing in their vehicles again.”

Stats in short:
New Cars
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•New car sales year to date (2016) 82,882 – (2015) 64,519 +28%
•New car sales total for March (2016) 21,597 – (2015) 18,933 +14%
•5 Top Selling Makes for the Year 2016:
1) Toyota
2) Hyundai
4) Ford
5) Nissan
•5 Top Selling Models for the Year 2016
1) Hyundai Tucson
2) Volkswagen Golf
3) Ford Focus
4) Nissan Qashqai
5) Skoda Octavia
•Top selling Car for the month of March was Nissan Qashqai
•Top selling colour year to date Grey

Light Commercial Vehicles
•Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2016) 13,461 – (2015) 10,075 +34%
•Light Commercial Vehicles sales total March (2016) 3,435 -(2015) 2,838 +21%
•5 Top Selling Makes for Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) 2016
1) Ford
2) Volkswagen
3) Renault
4) Toyota
5) Peugeot
•LCV Top Selling Model for the Month of March Ford Transit Van

Heavy Goods Vehicle
•Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2016)1,062 (2015) 653 +63%
•Heavy Goods Vehicle sales March total (2016) 312 (2015) 241 +29%

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