SLIGHT DROP IN NEW CAR SALES IN 2018
CAR SALES in County Wicklow decreased by 1.63% in 2018, a slighter decrease than the national average of a 4.4%, something which has been largely attributed to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit.
In total, 2,723 new vehicles were registered in Wicklow over the course of 2018. The majority of these (955) were sold in January, with another sales bump occurring in July (538) with the arrival of the 182 plates.
February and March also remained strong for sales with 362 and 292 cars sold respectively, before taking a dip to 180 and 109 in April and May, and just 29 new cars were sold in June.
Towards the second half of the year, 132 cars were sold in August before sales dipped to 62 in September, 49 in October, 14 in November and just one sale in December.
While sales figures were higher than that the same month in 2017 for six months of the year (January, April, July, August, October and November), significant decreases in five months of the year – most notably a 31.11% drop in September – resulted in the 1.63% decrease overall.
Nationally, new electric car registrations for 2018 have increased with 1,233 registered in comparison to 622 in 2017. Diesel and petrol market shares have moved closer nationally, a trend reflected in the Garden County.
• In terms of brands, Volkswagen sold most cars in Wicklow (328), followed by Hyundai (325), Toyota (254), Nissan (251), Skoda (246), Kia (218), Ford (183), Peugeot (155), Audi (92), and Opel (86).
• The top selling vehicle in Wicklow was the Hyundai Tucson, which had 107 new registrations.
• Of the 2,723 new cars registered in Wicklow last year, 1,250 were petrol while 1,213 were diesel. One-hundred-and-eightyone petrol electric cars were registered with 57 electric and 22 petrol/plug-in electric hybrids sold.
• Almost 37 per cent of the new cars sold in County Wicklow last year were of the jeep/SUV standard variety.
• Eight-hundred-and-eighty-six hatchbacks were sold in the county, representing almost 33% of the total. 32.46% of new cars registered were MPVs.
• The majority of cars registered in Wicklow (74.62%) were manual transmission.
• Grey was the preferred colour for the majority of Wicklow car buyers, with 38.16% choosing to buy in that colour. Just over 16% picked white or ivory, while 15.75% opted for black and 13.15% chose red/maroon. Commenting on the figures, SIMI Director General Designate Brian Cooke said that, despite the challenges, the industry was looking ahead and concentrating on the new 191 sales period, adding that January and the first quarter of the year would be the key focus for dealers.
‘In this context, the new car market is hugely competitive, with a wide choice of models and creative incentives, as well as the availability of a variety of financing options driving real value for new car customers.
‘For consumers looking at the used car market, whether an Irish car or a used import, SIMI’s advice is to shop around and consider the real benefits of shopping in your local retailer, who not only provide value to the customer but also encourage economic activity locally,’ said Mr Cooke. THE funeral of Judge William Hamill took place in Christ Church, Delgany yesterday (Tuesday).
Tributes to Judge Hamill, who died at the weekend, were led by his colleague on the bench, Judge Gerard Haughton, at Wexford District Court on Monday.
Judge Haughton, who lives in Wicklow, commented that he had known the deceased all of his judicial life and described him as a ‘phenomenal’ judge.
The court heard Judge Haughton trace the career of a man he called his friend from his first appointment as a temporary judge early in 1986.
He spent much of his time as a ‘moveable’ member of the District Court, though he also served stints in both the Dublin Metropolitan district and on the Central Criminal Court. He also sat on occasion at Bray and Wicklow District Courts.
‘William Hamill was a giant of man in every way and every sense, physically and mentally,’ said Judge Haughton. ‘His knowledge of law was immense and, as a judge, he was phenomenal.’
It was noted that one of the major professional concerns of the deceased was the issue of bench warrants issued by the courts for the arrest of defendants who fail to attend.
Judge Haughton revealed that he had cancelled a couple of warrants that day (Monday) issued by Judge Hamill back in 2007, which were never executed.
The court offered sympathy to Judge Hamill’s widow Rosemary and the couple’s children, Louisa and Felicity.
Speaking on behalf of the Wexford solicitors, Cormac Dunleavy said he had been shocked to hear the sad news.
Judge Hamill would be missed in Wexford where he had attended courts on numerous occasions, said Mr Dunleavy.
Also shocked was the Wicklow based solicitor David Tarrant.
He told the court how he had been unaware of the passing of the judge until informed by a fellow solicitor on arrival at the sitting in Wexford.
Mr Tarrant said he last saw Judge Hamill in July and recalled a man who had a great sense of humour.
His words of sympathy to the Hamill family were echoed by Sergeant Gary Rayner, representing the gardaí, and by court clerk Ciara O’Neill.
Yesterday’s (Tuesday’s) sitting of the District Court in Wexford started late, to allow mourners attend the funeral Mass in Christ Church Delgany.
The Hyundai Tucson was the top selling vehicle in Co Wicklow in 2018.