According to new figures released by SIMI, a total of 23,653 light commercial vehicles were registered in Ireland in 2022, a decrease of 17.7 per cent compared to 2021 (28,742) and a 6.6 per cent drop on 2019 (25,336).
HGV registrations for 2022 were also down on 2021, with 2,494 registered last year compared to 2,715 for the previous year and 2,659 in 2019.
Ford remained Ireland’s most popular van maker in 2022, selling 5,890 units in total. The Transit Custom was the top selling LCV last year, with 2,274 units sold. The Transit Van was the third best-seller, with 1,483 units registered. Toyota’s Landcruiser Commercial was in at second, selling 1,644 units.
Volkswagen (2,949), Toyota (2,930), Renault (2,247), and Opel (2,177) make up the top five LCV brands for 2022.
The figures also show that 538 new electric vans were sold here in Ireland last year. The Opel Vivaro topped the EV sales with 141 units sold, representing more than a quarter of the market share.
In the HGV segment, Scania led the way in sales last year, selling 602 units in total. This was followed by Volvo (490), DAF (315), Renault (277), and Mercedes-Benz (242).
Scania’s three-axle tractor unit remained Ireland’s most popular truck last year, with 359 registered; up on 332 for 2021.