New vehicle product sales fell by 25 for every cent in 2020, down to recession era amounts, as the market struggled in a “very difficult” yr. And provided the deterioration in Covid-19 in modern weeks, the outlook for 2021 stays “challenged”.
Figures from the Culture of the Irish Motor Business (SIMI) present that overall motor vehicle registrations completed at 88,324 for 2020, down by 25 for every cent on 2019 when 117,109 were being registered.
There was a identical drop in new significant commercial automobile registrations of 22.3 for every cent, but a far more muted decrease in light-weight industrial motor vehicles, which saw a reduce of 14.2 for each cent to 21,732 registrations.
The most important decrease was observed in seek the services of cars, with registrations plummeting 84 for every cent to 2,917.
Dublin noticed the major decline in new car product sales, which fell 34 for every cent year on calendar year to 34,211.
The only county exactly where profits grew was Leitrim, though the increase of 1 per cent represented the sale of just four supplemental cars and trucks, bringing full profits there to 397.
Imports of next hand automobiles plummeted 30 for each cent to 79,969, even though new electrical autos rose from 3,444 in 2019 to 4,013.
Brian Cooke, SIMI director general, explained 2020 was a “very complicated year” for the Irish motor sector as new auto profits fell to economic downturn amounts. Supplied the remarkable deterioration in Covid-19 around the past several weeks, and the ensuing implementation of Amount 5 restrictions, Mr Cooke expects “another hard interval for the sector”.
“Dealerships remain open up for provider, repair service and testing, which are important expert services, and the field will go on to perform an critical part in aiding unexpected emergency and necessary providers,” he claimed, including that vehicle profits would run on a click on and obtain company.
The hatchback remained Ireland’s prime promoting car or truck human body kind in 2020, although gray is nonetheless the most popular color – as it has been for the past five many years.
When it comes to car manufacturers Volkswagen was the major vendor, followed by Toyota, Hyundai, Skoda, and Ford.
The top rated selling automobile was the Toyota Corolla, followed by the Hyundai Tucson, Volkswagen Tiguan, Ford Target and Hyundai Kona.
Diesel stays the most common engine sort, when hybrid, electric powered and plug-in hybrid attained marketplace share in 2020.
Electrical cars and trucks now have a 4.5 per cent industry share, as opposed with 2.9 per cent in 2019.