May 2021 new vehicle registrations encouraging.

  • 5,955 new cars registrations for the month of May compared to 1,741 in May 2020 and 6,320 in May 2019.
  • 61,147 new cars registered year to date compared to 51,879 for the same period in 2020 (+17.9%) and 79,350 in 2019 (-23%).

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) today (June 1st 2021) released their official new vehicle statistics. To present a more accurate picture of the new vehicle registrations, it is important to compare registrations totals with the same period in 2019 (pre-COVID) when businesses were fully operational.

Light Commercials Vehicles (LCV) seen an increase of 2,316 registrations compared to May last year 500 and 1,717 for the same month in 2019. Year to date 16,040 new LCVs were registered an increase on last year’s 10,000 (+60.4%) and 14,570 on 2019 (+10.1%).

Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) seen 202 registrations in May when compared to 95 in May 2020 and 298 May 2019. Year to date HGV’s registrations total 1,426 compared with 1,099 in 2020 (+29.8%) and 1,487 in 2019 (-4.1%).

6,032 used cars were imported in May 2021, compared with 858 imports in May 2020, a decrease on the 9,347 imports in May 2019. Year to date used imports are up 62.63% (30,126) on 2020 (18,524) and down 33.15% on 2019 (45,066).

For the month of May 541 new electric vehicles were registered compared to 147 in May 2020. So far this year 3,952 new electric cars have been registered in comparison to 1,847 on the same period 2020. Electric Vehicle and Plug-in Hybrids and Hybrids continue to increase their market share, with their combined market share now over 23.09%. Diesel now accounts for 36.39%, Petrol 31.89%, Hybrid 16.63%, Electric 6.46% and Plug-in Electric Hybrid 6.21%

Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commenting: (pictured above).
“New vehicle registrations for May were encouraging, with strong growth in both the passenger and commercial vehicle sectors when compared to last year. However, new car sales year to date are still 23% behind pre-COVID 2019. The re-opening of car showrooms to customers and the expected boost to consumer spending has allowed for the completion of deals previously in the pipeline and sees retailers optimistic for both new and used vehicle sales for the balance of this year and into 2022. It is hugely encouraging to see the increase in the sale of Electric Cars and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs), with Electric Vehicle sales for the first five months of the year close to the full year volume for 2020, and further growth is expected as the year progresses. In this context and with the announcement of the Government’s Economic Recovery Plan imminent, it is vital that the Plan includes ambitious State funding for the EV Project, both in terms of the rolling out of national EV charging infrastructure as well as vehicle grant supports for both private and corporate car buyers.”

2021 Total New Vehicle Stats

  • New Car sales total year to date (2021) 61,147 v (2020) 51,879 +17.9%
  • New Car sales total year to date (2021) 61,147 v (2019) 79,350 -23%
  • New Car sales total May (2021) 5,955 v (2020) 1,741 +242.0%
  • New Car sales total May (2021) 5,955 v (2019) 6,320 -5.8%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2021) 16,040 v (2020) 10,000 +60.4%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales year to date (2021) 16,040 v (2019) 14,570 +10.1%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total May (2021) 2,316 v (2020) 500 +363.2%
  • Light Commercial Vehicles sales total May (2021) 2,316 v (2019) 1,717 +34.9%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2021) 1,426 v (2020) 1,099 +29.8%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales year to date (2021) 1,426 v (2019) 1,487 -4.1%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales May (2021) 202 v (2020) 95 +112.6%
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle total sales May (2021) 202 v (2019) 298 -32.2%
  • Used Car Imports total year to date (2021) 30,126 v (2020) 18,524 +62.6%
  • Used Car Imports total year to date (2021) 30,126 v (2019) 45,066 -33.15%
  • Used Car Imports total May (2021) 6,032 v (2020) 858 +603.0%
  • Used Car Imports total May (2021) 6,032 v (2019) 9,347 -35.47%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales total year to date (2021) 3,952 v (2020) 1,847 +114.0%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales total year to date (2021) 3,952 v (2019) 1,901 +107.9%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales May (2021) 541 v (2020) 147 +268.0%
  • New Electric Vehicles sales May (2021) 541 v (2019) 171 +216.4%
  • 5 Top Selling Car Brands May 2021 were: 1. Hyundai Tucson 2. Toyota Corolla 3. Toyota RAV 4, 4. Ford Focus 5. Skoda Octavia
  • 5 Top car model’s year May 2021 were: 1. Toyota 2. Volkswagen 3. Hyundai 4. Skoda 5. Ford
  • Top Selling Car May 2021: Hyundai Tucson
  • Market share by engine type 2021: Diesel 36.39%, Petrol 31.89%, Electric 6.46%, Plug-In Hybrid 6.21% and Hybrid 16.63%
  • Table below shows new car registrations by county for January-May 2021.
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New Car Registrations by County Year to Date
(January -May 20201)

County

2021 Units

2020 Units

% Change

2021 % Share

2020 % Share

Carlow

704

625

12.64

1.15

1.2

Cavan

706

618

14.24

1.15

1.19

Clare

1334

1142

16.81

2.18

2.2

Cork

7609

6677

13.96

12.44

12.87

Donegal

1479

1230

20.24

2.42

2.37

Dublin

23874

19402

23.05

39.04

37.4

Galway

2462

2163

13.82

4.03

4.17

Kerry

1345

1168

15.15

2.2

2.25

Kildare

2614

2353

11.09

4.27

4.54

Kilkenny

1195

1082

10.44

1.95

2.09

Laois

796

721

10.4

1.3

1.39

Leitrim

244

244

0

0.4

0.47

Limerick

2214

1941

14.06

3.62

3.74

Longford

323

240

34.58

0.53

0.46

Louth

1425

1290

10.47

2.33

2.49

Mayo

1083

1016

6.59

1.77

1.96

Meath

2026

1704

18.9

3.31

3.28

Monaghan

568

450

26.22

0.93

0.87

Offaly

722

700

3.14

1.18

1.35

Roscommon

616

514

19.84

1.01

0.99

Sligo

654

573

14.14

1.07

1.1

Tipperary

1699

1524

11.48

2.78

2.94

Waterford

1594

1249

27.62

2.61

2.41

Westmeath

932

761

22.47

1.52

1.47

Wexford

1578

1312

20.27

2.58

2.53

Wicklow

1351

1180

14.49

2.21

2.27