Longford new car registrations down by 20%

 

Kevin Forde

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Kevin Forde

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kevin.forde@longfordleader.ie

New car registrations in Longford down by 20%

New car registrations are down New car registrations in Longford down by 20%

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), have shown that new car registrations in Longford in February of this year have decreased by over 20% on the same period last year.

In February of 2019, there were 242 new car registrations in Longford altogether, with 304 registered in the same month of 2018, a decrease of 20.39%. All new cars registered in Longford in February 2019 represented a 0.51% market share of all new car registrations in Ireland, compared to 0.56% in February 2018.

The statistics published by SIMI also show that the total new electric car registrations in Ireland for the month of February have shown a significant increase, up from 72 sold in 2018 to 330 sold in February of this year. This year to date, 1,129 electric cars have been registered in the first two months of the year, which has almost surpassed the total sales for the whole of 2018 (1,233).

The performance of the rest of the car market show very different results, with new car registrations for the month of February down by 11.1% to 15,128. Registrations this year are also down by 12.2% to 47,425, compared to 54,024 sold last year. Light Commercials vehicle registrations are also down, a drop of 5.6% to 2,486 compared to February last year when 2,634 were registered. This year so far, registrations are down by 13.4% to 8,132, while Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations are up by 9.5% to 266. Imported used cars for February totaled 8,861, which represents a slight decrease of 0.4% from February 2018.

Mr Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, welcomed the growth in electric vehicle sales and urged Irish consumers to consider choosing electric when purchasing a new vehicle this year.

“The record growth in electric vehicles sales in 2019 demonstrates the willingness of Irish consumers to embrace the change to a low carbon future. The Government is playing its part with a wide range of incentives supporting the purchase of electric vehicles and an investment of €10m in a significant expansion of the public charging network.

“The environmental benefits, longer range and low running costs of modern electric vehicles make them a viable option for all consumers. I would encourage all those purchasing a new car to play their part in making Ireland a climate leader and choose to drive electric.”

The Top five selling car brands in February of this year were Volkswagen , Hyundai, Toyota, Ford and Skoda. The top five car models sold in February were the Hyundai Tuscon, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia, Volkswagen Tiguan and Ford Focus.