New Car Sales January 2015 up 25%

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Posted by Michael Rochford on 2 February 2015 in Featured, New Cars, News

But Used Cars imported from the UK have declined for the first time since 2008

Figures released today by Motorcheck.ie show new car sales January 2015 are up 25.4% on the same period in 2014.  The industry registered 28,750 new vehicle sales in January. That’s an increase of 5,818 units on 2014 figures.

Meanwhile used import registrations declined by almost 5% on January 2014 levels with just 4,624 used imports registered in Jan 2015.

The used car market in general however continues with a strong performance into 2015.  The full year 2014 was up almost 7% on the previous year (an increase of 60k used car transactions) and continues to be buoyant.  Over the last five years (2010-2014) the used car transactions are up 11% in the Irish market.

The increase in new car sales over the past 2-3 years is without doubt easing some of the pressure on used car stock and the exchange rate isn’t favouring imports at the moment. It’s early days but it seems that this may lead to a tailing off in used imports from the UK this year. The industry bounced back in 2014 and it’s great to see the positive trends continuing into 2015. It is predicted that there will be between 105-115k new car registrations this year, and these are the kind of levels required to sustain a healthy motor trade. It is also good to see the increases in the used car market. The volume of transactions in this market actually dwarf the new car market and the increases here are a real sign of a return of consumer confidence and the availability of personal credit.

Similarly commercial sales are up hugely on last year with over 5,703 new commercial vehicles registered in Jan 2015 an increase of approximately 57.4% on 2014.

New Car Registration Stats Highlights:

  • New Car Sales up 25.4% with 28,750 new cars registered in Jan
  • Top selling manufacturers: Toyota, followed by  Volkswagen, Ford, Hyundai and Nissan
  • Top selling models: Volkswagen Golf, followed by Ford Focus, Toyota Corolla, Ford Fiesta and Hyundai Ix35
  • Diesel is by far the top selling fuel type with 72% of the market
  • The new car fleet is “green” with 95% falling into the low emission category A or B status for CO2 emissions. (70% of vehicles registered are in Category A)
  • Favourite colours are Black, Sliver, Grey and White
  • Favourite body styles are Hatchback, Saloon and MPV

New Commercial Registration Stats Highlights:

  • New Commercial Sales up 57.4% with over 5,703 new commercial vehicles registered in Jan
  • Top selling manufacturers: Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota Renault, Citroen and Land Rover
  • Top selling models: Ford Transit, Volkswagen Caddy, Volkswagen Transporter, Ford Transit-Connect, Toyota Landcruiser and Citroen Berlingo.
Passenger Cars – Top 10 Makes

Rank

Make

2014

2015

Change

1

TOYOTA

2,796

3,744

33.90%

2

VOLKSWAGEN

2,677

3,133

17.00%

3

FORD

2,279

3,088

35.50%

4

HYUNDAI

2,324

2,786

19.90%

5

NISSAN

1,151

2,141

86.00%

6

SKODA

1,635

1,784

9.10%

7

RENAULT

1,097

1,649

50.30%

8

OPEL

1,381

1,543

11.70%

9

KIA

990

1,229

24.10%

10

AUDI

977

1,182

21.00%

Passenger Cars – Top 10 Models

Rank

Model

2014

2015

Change

1

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

1,170

1,488

27.20%

2

FORD FOCUS

861

1,222

41.90%

3

TOYOTA COROLLA

873

995

14.00%

4

FORD FIESTA

747

892

19.40%

5

HYUNDAI IX35

773

831

7.50%

6

SKODA OCTAVIA

711

823

15.80%

7

NISSAN QASHQAI

516

785

52.10%

8

TOYOTA YARIS

570

782

37.20%

9

TOYOTA AURIS

559

716

28.10%

10

KIA SPORTAGE

547

651

19.00%

Commercials – Top 10 Makes

Rank

Make

2014

2015

Change

1

FORD

598

1,371

129.30%

2

VOLKSWAGEN

524

942

79.80%

3

RENAULT

299

577

93.00%

4

TOYOTA

237

429

81.00%

5

CITROEN

171

242

41.50%

6

LAND ROVER

155

241

55.50%

7

PEUGEOT

139

219

57.60%

8

NISSAN

201

200

-0.50%

9

OPEL

125

197

57.60%

10

HYUNDAI

118

136

15.30%

Commercials – Top 10 Models

Rank

Model

2014

2015

Change

1

FORD TRANSIT

401

902

124.90%

2

VOLKSWAGEN CADDY

334

379

13.50%

3

VOLKSWAGEN TRANSPORTER

121

314

159.50%

4

FORD TRANSIT CONNECT

59

261

342.40%

5

TOYOTA LANDCRUISER

87

244

180.50%

6

CITROEN BERLINGO

142

212

49.30%

7

RENAULT MASTER

119

212

78.20%

8

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY

133

201

51.10%

9

PEUGEOT PARTNER

124

169

36.30%

10

RENAULT KANGOO

51

152

198.00%

Used Imports – Top 10 Makes

Rank

Make

2014

2015

Change

1

FORD

767

694

-9.50%

2

VOLKSWAGEN

577

593

2.80%

3

VAUXHALL

446

499

11.90%

4

AUDI

426

358

-16.00%

5

TOYOTA

440

348

-20.90%

6

BMW

334

296

-11.40%

7

PEUGEOT

271

249

-8.10%

8

NISSAN

227

200

-11.90%

9

HYUNDAI

141

165

17.00%

10

CITROEN

206

156

-24.30%

Used Imports – Top 10 Models

Rank

Model

2014

2015

Change

1

FORD FOCUS

418

348

-16.70%

2

VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT

240

249

3.80%

3

VOLKSWAGEN GOLF

214

245

14.50%

4

VAUXHALL INSIGNIA

144

197

36.80%

5

VAUXHALL ASTRA

155

168

8.40%

6

AUDI A4

200

162

-19.00%

7

FORD MONDEO

154

160

3.90%

8

BMW 5 SERIES

162

152

-6.20%

9

BMW 3 SERIES

129

108

-16.30%

10

TOYOTA AVENSIS

148

104

-29.70%

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