Slight drop in Kildare car sales says motoring body

Rise in average CO2 emissions

Henry Bauress


Henry Bauress


Slight drop in Kidlare car sales says motoringbody

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There was a very slight drop in new car registrations in Kildare for the month of February this year compared to 2017.

Statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that nationally the total new car registrations for the month of February were steady, as registrations were very much in line (17,081) when compared to February 2017 (17,089), while new cars registrations year to date remain -3.5% (54,143) down on the same period last year (56,092).

In Kildare there were 2,435 new cars registered in January and February this year, compared to 2,411 the same period last year, a drop of 1%.

Nationally, the new commercial vehicle sector showed a mixed result between light and heavy commercial vehicle registrations. New light commercial vehicle registrations were up 6.13%  on February 2017 (2,487) and year to date are up 6% (9,356). New heavy commercial vehicles (HGV) declined 10% for the month of February (243) compared to the same month last year (270) and are down 11% (646) year to date.

Imported used cars have increase by 14.4% February 2018 (8,903) and year to date are 17.3% (17,964) ahead of 2017(15,317).

SIMI Director General, Alan Nolan said the diesel market share or the marking is continuing to move back toward more traditional levels in new car sales, having reached an artificially high peak of 73% in 2014, it is currently standing at 57% so far in 2018.

Mr Nolan also said that as a consequence of this shift, as SIMI had previously indicated, the average CO2 emissions for new cars registered this year have increased by 2.1%.