Figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show new light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations in 2020 decreased by 14.2 per cent (21,732) compared to 2019 (25,336).
Meanwhile new heavy commercial vehicle (HGV) registrations saw a decrease of 22.3 per cent (2,066) in comparison to 2019 (2,659).
The Peugeot Partner Van was Ireland’s top selling LCV of 2020, while Ford was the best-selling brand in the segment.
Brian Cooke, SIMI director general commented: “Like many other sectors, 2020 proved to be a very difficult year for the Irish Motor Industry.
“Looking to January, the key month for new car sales, the dramatic deterioration in the public health situation over the last few weeks and the implementation of Level 5 restrictions will make it another difficult period for the sector.
“Dealerships remain open for service, repair and testing, which are essential services, and the Industry will continue to play an important role in assisting emergency and essential services.”