The new decade has got off to a lacklustre start for motor dealers in Mayo with sales of new cars falling by 6.36 per cent in January compared to the same month last year.
A total of 604 new registrations were recorded in the county, down from 645 in January 2019. The decline in Mayo is almost twice the national average of 3.5 per cent but it is far from the worst in the country with counties Longford, Tipperary and Waterford all recording double-digit declines.
Co Galway saw a decline of 1.8 per cent from 1,332 in January 2019 to 1,308 last month while Sligo’s drop was 2.2 per cent (350 in January 2019 compared to 342 in January 2020). Counties Roscommon and Leitrim were the worst performers in Connacht with drops of 8.33 and 7.03 per cent respectively. In the case of Co Leitrim, just 119 new registrations were recorded last month while Co Roscommon had 297 registrations, down from 324 in January 2019.
Nationally, there were 31,251 new car registrations in January compared to 32,370 a year earlier. Light commercial vehicles (LCV) were up 2.1% (5,666) compared to January last year (5,548) while heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) showed an increase of 8.8 per cent (385) in comparison to January 2019 (354).
The Government’s NOX tax, which was introduced in last October’s budget, appears to be having the desired impact with used car imports recording a sharp decline of 26.4 per cent for the month, falling from 9,003 in January 2019 to 6,623 last month.
Diesel continues to remain the most popular engine type (42.1 per cent) following by petrol (39.6 per cent). Hybrid (13.6 per cent) gained a significant increase in market share along with electric (2.9 per cent) and plug-in hybrid (1.8 per cent).
New electric car registrations increased with 898 registered in January 2020 compared to 799 in January 2019.
Brian Cooke, SIMI Director-General, said it was disappointing to see a decline in sales in such an important month for the motor industry.