Sales of new cars in Limerick continue to fall due to Brexit

David Hurley


David Hurley


1,257 new cars were sold in Limerick last month

1,257 new cars were sold in Limerick last month

BREXIT is being cited as a major factor for the continuing reduction in the number of new cars which were sold in Limerick last month.

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show 1,257 new cars were registered in Limerick during January – down from 1,464 the previous year.

This represents a 14.14% year-on-year decrease which is higher than the national average of 12.56%.

According to SIMI, cars manufactured by Ford (202), Hyundai (128), Toyota (123), Volkswagen (122) and Nissan (101) were the five most popular sold in Limerick last month.

The five most popular models of new cars sold during January were Nissan Qashqai (70), Ford Focus (62),  Hyundai Tuscon (57), Ford Kuga (53) and Toyota Yaris (50).

Jeep/SUV Standard (H1) cars accounted for almost half of the new cars sold in Limerick while cars categorised as Small Standard (C1) accounted for 16.47% of sales locally.

Almost a third of new cars (32.7%) were hatchback; 31.74% were MPV and 20.45% were jeep. 

According to SIMI, just over 10% (126) of the new cars registered in Limerick during January were electric or hybrid – representing a significant year-on-year increase.

While still accounting for almost 54% of all new cars, the number of diesel cars sold last month fell by 20.22% to 667.

When it comes to colour, almost 40% of new cars were grey while just over 17% were black.