Large Numbers of Diesels Being Imported

PRESS RELEASE

Vehicle history and data expert CARTELL.IE reports today (October 24th) on the profile of vehicles being imported into Ireland in 2018 and reports that Irish buyers are importing diesel vehicles in significant numbers.

Cartell.ie tracked the imported fleet in 2018 (all vehicles) between January 1st and September 30th (3 quarters) and found that the vast majority (76%) of vehicles currently imported into Ireland are diesel aspirated.  There has also been a significant jump in the numbers of Petrol/Electric Vehicles (+193%) and Electric Vehicles (+148%) over the past 12 months indicating these vehicles are finding their feet in the Irish market.

Graph 1: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)

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Table 1: 2018 and 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Fuel Type DIESEL PETROL PETROL/ELECTRIC ELECTRIC PETROL/PLUG-IN HYBRID ELECTRIC
2018 74042 17207 3502 529 803
2017 71483 16181 1810 357 130

 

Makes and Models Imported

In terms of the manufacturer breakdown Ford returns the most numbers of vehicles (all types) imported in 2018. Ford is followed by Volkswagen and Audi with Toyota occupying fourth positon.

Table 2: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Manufacturer (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Manufacturer FORD VW AUDI TOYOTA BMW HYUNDAI MERCEDES BENZ
2018 11990 10583 6662 6578 6202 5406 5254

The most popular model imported year-to-date is the VW Golf ahead of the Ford Focus.

Table 3: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Model (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Model GOLF FOCUS QASHQAI PASSAT 520
2018 4356 4124 2459 2409 2254

 

Registration Year Imported and Segment

In 2018 the most popular year of import is a 4 year-old-vehicle (2014) neck and neck with a three-year-old vehicle (2015). These ages were also the most popular in 2017 although a three-year-old vehicle was more popular that year.  The most popular vehicle segment for imports is the C segment followed by the D segment – the same as for 2017.

Table 4: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Registration Year (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Registration Year 2014 2015 2013 2016 2012 2017 2011
2018 17427 17418 11373 9215 8458 6901 6243
Table 5: 2018 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Segment (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Segment C D C-SUV B E PREMIUM D PREMIUM
2018 18523 9012 7967 7551 6868 6313

John Byrne, General Counsel, Cartell.ie says:

This snapshot of the Irish market shows the Irish buyer is especially keen to import a diesel vehicle, usually a three or four-year-old and often a Focus, Golf, or Qashqai – models which have been consistently popular in the domestic market. The jump in the numbers of Electric Vehicles and Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles being imported shows that buyers of those types of vehicles can see the value of importing and also points to a growth in the market for those vehicle types. Overall we would see imports remaining strong until at least the due date for Brexit in March 2019.”

ENDS

Notes for Editors:

Graph 2: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Fuel Type (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)

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Table 6: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Manufacturer (All vehicles) (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Manufacturer FORD VW TOYOTA AUDI VAUXHALL BMW HYUNDAI
2017 12645 10432 6408 6167 5199 4627 4378
Table 7: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Model (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Model FOCUS GOLF PASSAT A4 520
2017 4918 4328 2523 2248 1626
Table 8: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Registration Year (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Registration Year 2014 2013 2012 2011 2015 2010 2016 2009
2017 15884 14649 10741 8322 7982 6770 5888 4918
Table 9: 2017 (Jan to Sep) Imports by Segment (Source: Cartell Carstat)
Year of Sale/Segment C D B COMMERCIAL-LCV D PREMIUM E PREMIUM
2017 19358 9478 7913 6606 5617 5541

 

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.

Cartell.ie was set up in 2006 to help buyers make an informed choice when buying a used vehicle – including imported vehicles – by providing a user-friendly and cost-effective vehicle data checking service. Cartell.ie is a totally independent company and fully Irish owned.

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