TOP SELLER The Hyundai Tucson
The number of new cars bought in Mayo in 2017 was down by nearly 20 percent, with Brexit blamed for the drop in car sales.
The latest figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations in Ireland for the year 2017 finished at 131,356, down 10 percent on 2016 when 146,649 sales were made.
In Mayo, it makes for even bleaker reading with 2,277 cars bought in the county in 2017 compared to 2,816 in 2016 - a drop of 19.14 percent. This was the largest percentage fall in car sales in the country.
SIMI Director General Alan Nolan stated that the drop in sales was due to the impact of Brexit on the Euro/Sterling exchange rates but despite this the number of sales was still better than most recent years.
“Without Brexit we would have anticipated a reasonable level of growth in the market but in the aftermath of the UK Brexit vote we had modified our projection to 132,000 and that prediction turned out to be very accurate with the car market finishing at 131,356. This number is still better than most recent years and produced reasonable volumes across all vehicle sales sectors.
“We are, of course, now at the commencement of the new 181 sales period which is hugely important for our members who remain optimistic for the coming year. For new car buyers competition in the choice of models, the various incentives and special offers as well as the range of finance options mean that competition is driving value for consumers. The obvious value available in the Irish new -car market has been apparent over the past 12 months with only 79 new cars imported in 2017, despite the low value of sterling.
Nr Nolan added that while used imports have been increasing strongly, new car imports have fallen by 25 percent in the last year and by almost 60 percent over the last three years.
“With such a range of models, offers and finance options available to consumers to choose from, the best advice, as always, is to research in advance, to shop around and, if you can, shop local and support businesses in your home place,” he said.
The end-of-year sales for new Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) was at 24,195, a fall of 14.2 percent for the year in 2017, while new Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) were at 2,602, a decrease of 9.4 percent over the 12 months compared to 2016.
The top selling car for 2017 in Ireland was the Hyundai Tucson, followed by the Volkswagen Golf, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia and Ford Focus.