New Car Sales In Kerry Down Over 12% In 2017 On Previous Year

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KERRY saw a 12.6% drop in new car sales in 2017 compared to the previous year, according to official statistics released yesterday by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

The stats show that the total new car registrations for the year 2017 in Kerry were 2,820, compared with 3,229 in 2o16. However, 2016 was the biggest year for new car sales in the county since 2008. Last year’s figure is still ahead of the 2,696 cars sold in 2015.

Countrywide there were 131,356 new cars sold, -10% down on 2016 (146,649).

Although new Commercial Vehicle registrations showed an increase for both Light and Heavy Commercial Vehicles during the final month of the year, with very low volumes in December, this did not impact on the overall trend for the full year.

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) at 24,195, recorded a fall of -14.2% for the year in 2017, while New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) 2,602 saw a decrease of -9.4% over the 12 months compared to 2016 (2,873).

Used Commercial Vehicle Imports increased during 2017; LCV up +21.3% and HGV up +14.8%. Imported Used Cars reached 93,454, which was an increase of 29.5% on 2016 (72,153).

Commenting on the figures SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan stated “2017 was a very challenging year for the Motor Industry, mainly due to the impact of Brexit on Euro/Sterling exchange rates. 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.”

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