The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has issued the official 161 car sales figures for the first half of the year.
Car sales in Offaly went up 30% from 2015 to 2016 according to the figures. In 2015, 1,030 new cars were sold while that figure jumped to 1,339 in 2016. That figure accounts for just 1.32% of the cars sold nationally.
Across the country, new car registrations were up + 23% (101,338) ahead on the same period last year (82,337) while the month of June saw an increase of 12% (1,626) compared to June 2015 (1,448).
In the business sector Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), are currently up 9% (867) on June last year (799) and year to date are up 26% (18,417) overall. While Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations, have witnessed a decline of -29% for the month of June (112) 2016 when compared to the same month last year (157), however registrations are up 42% year to date.
Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General Alan Nolan said, “At the start of the year we predicted that this year’s registration numbers should reach 150,000 for the first time since 2008 and these figures keep us on track to deliver that. From today of course the focus turns to the 162 registration period. This year promises to be the first normal year of registrations since the recession and with the range of attractive offers available across all brands we are confident that 162 will also deliver in the coming months.”
The Top Selling Makes for the Year 2016 were: 1 Volkswagen; 2 Toyota; 3 Hyundai; 4 Ford; 5 Nissan
The Top Selling Models for the Year 2016 were: 1 Hyundai Tucson; 2 Volkswagen Golf; 3 Ford Focus; 4 Skoda Octavia; 5 Nissan Qashqai