Car registrations in Wicklow up 13 per cent

New car registrations in Co Wicklow are up 13.21 per cent, according to The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

The figures released show 1,577 units have been delivered in the county from the start of this year up until the end of June.

Nationally, new car registrations for June were down 22% (2,154) when compared to June 2021 (2,762).

Registrations year to date are up 2.1% (65,176) on the same period last year (63,853) and are 19.3% behind (80,758) that of pre-Covid levels.

Light Commercials vehicles (LCV) are down 36.0% (632) compared to June last year (988) and year to date are down 23.3% (13,062). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations are up 8.82% (111) in comparison to June 2021 (102). Year to date HGV’s are down 11.0% (1,359).

Used car imports for June (4,346) have seen a decrease of 22.8% on June 2021 (5,629). Year to date imports are down 32.6% (24,112) on 2021 (35,753).

For the month of June 187 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 390 in June 2021. So far this year 8,444 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 4,330 on the same period 2021.

Electric Vehicle, Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids continue to increase their market share, with a combined market share now of 42.49%. Petrol continues to remain dominant with 28.22%, Diesel accounts for 26.87%, Hybrid 22.50%, Electric 12.96% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 7.03%.

Commenting on the new vehicle registrations Brian Cooke, Director General SIMI said: “New car registrations for the first half of the year are marginally ahead (2.1%) of last year but remain 19.3% behind that of 2019 (pre-covid levels).

“The continuing surge in Electric Vehicle sales, up 97% for the first half of the year, continues to be the one positive aspect of the new car market. While overall new car registrations for June are down 22% on the same month last year, the Industry is as ever optimistic that the new 222 registration period, which begins today, will help boost sales and attract vital trade-ins for the used car market. Feedback from retailers is that July will be very busy, and consumers are advised to shop around for the best deals on new and used cars.”

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