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New car sales up 25pc in February

New car registrations for February were up 25 per cent (16,455) when compared to February 2023 (13,122), according to the latest vehicle registration statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

Registrations year-to-date are up 18.3 per cent (47,882) on the same period last year (40,466).

The Skoda Octavia was the best-selling car in Ireland in February, with 999 units sold. The Hyundai Tucson remains well out in front as Ireland’s top-seller in 2024, with 2,478 sold so far this year.

In February, 1,866 new electric cars were registered, which was 15.5 per cent lower than the 2,207 registrations in February 2023.

So far this year, 5,968 new electric cars have been registered which is a 1.4 per cent increase compared to the same period in 2023 when 5,885 electric cars were registered.

In the new car market share by engine type for 2024, petrol cars continue to lead the new car market at 32.97 per cent. Diesel is next at 23.76 per cent, then hybrid (petrol electric) at 21.51 per cent, electric at 12.46 per cent, and plug-in electric hybrid at 7.76 per cent.

Imported used cars seen a 24 per cent (4,945) rise in February 2024, when compared to February 2023 (3,989). Year-to-date imports are up 32.1 per cent (10,270) on 2023 (7,775).

The Skoda Octavia was Ireland’s best selling car in February

2024 total new vehicle stats:

Top selling car brands:
1. Toyota; 2. Skoda; 3. Hyundai; 4. Volkswagen; 5. Kia

Top car models:
1. Hyundai Tucson; 2. Kia Sportage; 3. Skoda Octavia; 4. Toyota RAV4; 5. Toyota Yaris Cross.

Top 5 selling EV brands:
1. Volkswagen; 2. Hyundai; 3. BYD; 4. Kia; 5. MG.

Top 5 selling EVs:
1.Hyundai Kona; 2. VW ID.4; 3. MG MG4; 4. BYD Seal; 5. VW ID.3.

Top selling car (February):
Skoda Octavia

Top selling EV (February)
Tesla Model 3

Elsewhere, light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales are up 36.8 per cent (3,515) compared to February last year (2,569). Year-to-date LCVs are up 35.6 per cent (10,987).

In the HGV (heavy goods vehicle) segment, registrations are also showing an increase of 14.2 per cent (305) in comparison to February 2023 (267). Year-to-date HGV sales are up 10.3 per cent (763).