Vroom to improve: New cars sales plummet in Wicklow this year
New car registrations are down nearly 14% on 2018 figures in Wicklow, with the industry group blaming the catastrophic fall on people importing cars.
Just 18 new car registrations were recorded in Wicklow in the month of November, which is up on the figure of 14 for 2018. This 28% jump does not hide the fact that sales of new cars have fallen of a cliff in Wicklow in 2019.
In total, 2,348 cars have been newly registered in Wicklow in 2019 so far, but that falls short of the 2,780 cars registered in the same period in 2018.
Overall in Ireland, car registrations until the end of November were down just shy of 7% compared to the same period last year.
Simi’s figures show that for the second year in a row over 100,000 cars were imported into Ireland (104,000 until the end of November), while only 117,000 new cars were registered here, down from 125,000 in 2018.
For the whole of 2018, just 100, 755 cars were imported, with a month left in the year, 2019 has exceeded this.
Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General said: “It has been a disappointing year for the Irish Motor Industry.
“For the second consecutive year, used car imports have exceed 100,000, which is having a dampening impact on new car sales. With the 201 registration plate on the horizon, focus has already turned to January. With generous incentives for customers to buy a new car across all brands and across all market segments, members are hopeful for the busy start to 2020.”