5 June 2019

New vehicle sales up for May but down overall

New Toyota Corolla
The total new car registrations for the month of May are up 4.7pc (6,341) when compared with May 2018 (6,055), writes Trish Whelan. But new car registrations year to date are down 7.6pc (79,343) on the same period last year (85,868).

New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations are also up, 5.2pc (1,726) on May 2018 (1,641) with registrations year to date down 8.4pc (14,617). While New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) increased 31.3pc (298) in comparison to May 2018 (227) and year to date are also up 7.7pc (1,491).

Imported Used Cars for May increased 4.1pc (9,346) on the same month last year (8,978) while year to date imports are 3pc (45,062) ahead of 2018 (43,739).

New electric car sales continue grow month on month with a total of 1,902 EV cars registered so far this year, surpassing the total number of EVs registered for 2018 (1,233).

Commenting on the registrations figures, Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said: “Sales overall year to date have been disappointing with both business and consumer Brexit related uncertainty contributing to dampened demand for new vehicles. As we move into June, the Industry is now focused on preparations for the start of the July 192 registration period. This will see a variety of strong offers to consumers across all brands, and in this environment, consumers will have a wide choice of cars to choose from at a really competitive price.”

The 5 top selling car brands year to date are: 1. Volkswagen, 2. Toyota, 3. Hyundai, 4. Ford, 5. Skoda.

The 5 top car models year to date are 1. Nissan Qashqai, 2. Hyundai Tucson, 3. Toyota Corolla, 4. Volkswagen Tiguan, 5. Skoda Octavia.

The top selling car for May 2019 was the Toyota Corolla (pictured above).