Sales of HGVs and LCVs plummet

Sales of HGVs and LCVs plummeted in April, as the COVID-19 crisis continues, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry has confirmed.

HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) registrations were down 67.8% (98) in comparison to April 2019 (304). Year to date HGV’s are down 9.9% (1,070)

Registration of new light commercial vehicles (LCV) were down 87.3% (229) compared to April last year (1,799) and year to date are down 25.3% (9,603).

New car registrations for April declined 96.1% (344) when compared to April 2019 (8,904). As a result of COVID-19 retailer’s showrooms have remained closed since Mid-March, impacting heavily on sales. Registrations year to date are down 30.7% (50,626) on the same period last year (73,030).

Used car imports for April (199) seen a decrease of 97.8% on April 2019 (8,887). While year to date imports are down 50.5% (17,669) on 2019 (35,719).

“Like many other sectors of the economy, COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the Irish Motor Industry. SIMI Members have during the course of the lock down to date, been available to assist in emergency and essential call outs. We continue to play our part in keeping vital goods and services moving,” Brian Cooke SIMI Director general commented.

He added: “However, the registration numbers underline the lack of activity in new vehicle sales, and this is replicated for used cars and servicing. While the short-term outlook for the Irish economy is bleak, once the health situation allows the Motor Industry is ready to get back to work. Members have used this downtime to implement measures, in accordance with both Industry and State guidelines, that will protect both their employees and customers against the spread of COVID-19. The size of dealerships and the average footfall, for both sales and servicing, lends itself to social distancing. While sanitisation measures being put in place for both premises and vehicles, means that safety and protection are at the top of the agenda.”