Van, HGV and coach sales booming in Galway

The sixth-generation Volskwagen Transporter is the most popular new van in Galway.

More than 4,200 new cars were registered in Galway in the first seven months of this year – down by around 170 vehicles on the same period in 2017 – according to new industry figures.

And a strong indicator of the ongoing economic recovery could well be the boom in van sales – up more than 9% to 840 so far this year, while HGVs and coaches are up around 2.7% to 1,945.

Used car imports from the UK and Japan are continuing on an upward trajectory, with 3,790 registered from the start of the year until the end of July, which is up more than 10% from 3,434 in the same period last year.

The statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show there were 4,247 cars on ‘181 G’ and ‘182 G’ plates in Galway at the end of July, down almost 4% on the 4,414 during the same period last year.

January sales were down 5.2%; February down 2.6%; March down 11.7%; April down 2.2%; May was up more than 6.8%; June down 22.6% and July, the first month of the new 182 G plates was up 2%.

The Hyundai Tucson SUV continues to be Galway’s most popular car, with 182 units sold in the first seven months, followed by the Nissan Qashqai (150); Toyota Yaris (142); Skoda Octavia (134); Toyota Corolla (129); VW Tiguan (110); Ford Focus (108); Kia Sportage (105) and VW Golf (98 units).

Grey, black, blue, red/maroon and white/ivory were the most popular colours.

Light commercial vehicle sales are also up 9.4% from 768 in the first seven months of 2017 to 840 during the same period this year.

The most popular are the VW T6 (86 units); VW Caddy (80); Toyota Landcruiser commercial (67); Ford Transit Connect (53); Ford Transit van (44); VW Golf van (39); Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (39); Citroen Berlingo (35) and Renault Trafic (27).

Registrations of new heavy commercial vehicles were up 2.7% from 1,894 units to 1,945. The most popular were the Scania 3-axle tractor (195 units); 149 Volvo buses and coaches; 127 Volvo 3-axle tractors; 118 Scania 2-axle tractors and 97 DAF 2-axle rigids.

Used car imports – when buyers turn mainly to the UK in search of higher ‘spec’ models than those available on the Irish market – were up more than 10% from 3,434 to 3,790.

The most popular imports were the VW Golf (225 units); Ford Focus (200); Hyundai i30 (173); VW Passat (142); BMW 5 Series (114); Audi A4 (108); Skoda Octavia (106); Nissan Qashqai (105); Ford Mondeo (91) and Mercedes-Benz E Class (89).

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