|Skoda's Vision IV concept electric vehicle.|
The company says the biggest challenge for the industry over the last three years was the 307,900 used imports which indirectly affected the new car market. With the introduction of the new government NOx tax from 1st January, used imports will not be as advantageous as previously. As an example, an imported 2016 Skoda Superb 2.0 TDI 4x4 170bhp, regardless of purchase price and excluding currency fluctuations, will be subject to a further €2,400 NOx Tax in addition to Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT). This is likely to increase the cost significantly of importing a used vehicle.
Skoda Ireland notes that in the last 12 months the sale of electric vehicles has increased nearly threefold, with 3,443 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) delivered in 2019. Diesel powered vehicles accounted for 47pc of all vehicle sales in 2019. With electric vehicle technology, especially battery range and infrastructure still in development, Skoda Ireland expects that petrol and diesel vehicles will likely account for 85pc of new vehicle sales in 2020.
|Skoda Superb iV PHEV.|
Automatic transmissions are now becoming much more prevalent in the Irish market, and one in three new cars sold in 2019 was an automatic. This growth can be attributed to changing customer behaviour and improved transmission technologies such as the 7-speed DSG automatics offered in Skoda vehicles.