Native Irish Fleet Lowest Since 2006 – As Imports Soar

Vehicle history and data expert CARTELL.IE reports today (January 31st) that the size of the native Irish fleet is now at its lowest level since March 2006 (1.78 million) as imports soar (488k). The size of the native fleet (vehicles first registered in Ireland) fell quite dramatically in the final quarter of 2017: recording 1.85 million in September falling to 1.78 million by the end of December.

Cartell.ie tracked the size of the fleet (both native fleet and imported fleet) on the first day of each month between January 1999 and January 2018. Between January 2017 and January 2018 the imported fleet has increased in size from 444,217 to 487,492 (+43,275). For the equivalent period the native fleet has declined from 1,838,573 to 1,784,716 (-53,857).

Graph 1: Size of Private Fleet, Native fleet, Imports 1999 to 2018 (Source: Cartell Carstat)

The size of the fleet oscillates throughout the year as vehicles leave the fleet and others enter (new and imported). However the decline in size of the native fleet since September has been particularly notable.

John Byrne, Legal and Public Relations Manager, Cartell.ie, says:

The impact of imports has been noticeable in 2017 as owners retire native vehicles and look to replace them with imported vehicles in ever increasing numbers. We would see imports remaining strong in 2018 alongside a curb in demand for new diesel vehicles. While hybrid and electric vehicle sales will continue to dominate headlines with analysts waiting for a headwind to bring in larger numbers of sales it’s still likely the dominate theme for 2018 will be imports.”

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Notes for Editors:

Table 1: Size of Native Fleet and Imported Fleet – 2017 to 2018 (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Date Native Fleet Size Imported Fleet Size
01/01/2017 1838573 444217
01/02/2017 1863554 448304
01/03/2017 1866925 452452
01/04/2017 1872792 457357
01/05/2017 1867641 461009
01/06/2017 1861182 465042
01/07/2017 1848626 468757
01/08/2017 1859613 472461
01/09/2017 1848975 476748
01/10/2017 1834861 480910
01/11/2017 1819436 484783
01/12/2017 1803164 488178
01/01/2018 1784716 487492

 

 

Table 2: Size of Native Fleet and Imported Fleet – Jan 1999 to Jan 2018 (Source: Cartell Carstat)

Date Native Fleet Size Imported Fleet Size
01/01/1999 1112630 6086
01/01/2000 1201598 40483
01/01/2001 1312845 60612
01/01/2002 1397905 70926
01/01/2003 1472651 77800
01/01/2004 1547041 84929
01/01/2005 1630779 100152
01/01/2006 1728724 131104
01/01/2007 1830774 174999
01/01/2008 1926180 217766
01/01/2009 1978147 259206
01/01/2010 1924616 286034
01/01/2011 1907700 304727
01/01/2012 1888373 322668
01/01/2013 1868152 339719
01/01/2014 1847325 368123
01/01/2015 1816049 386702
01/01/2016 1829985 407141
01/01/2017 1838573 444217
01/01/2018 1784716 487492

 

For further information please contact John Byrne on 087 4199018 or at john at cartell.ie or check out www.cartell.ie  for further information.

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