New car sales up 31 per cent

The SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry ) has just released June sales figures which show that new car sales were up 31 per cent compared to last June.

The Scrappage Scheme came to an end recently, seeing some 30,000 cars sold through the scheme.

The figures show 77,134 new cars sold so far this year, up 14 per cent on last year, with Toyota the top selling brand. The Ford Focus is the best selling model. Ninety-one per cent of new cars sold were in C02 bands A and B, the lowest emission bands, compared to 77 per cent last year. Seventy-one per cent of new cars sold so far this year were diesel. Light commercial vehicles are up 25 per cent.

Press Officer for SIMI Suzanne Sheridan commented: “The Scrappage Scheme is now over and undoubtedly it has been a huge success. €100 million was generated from the scheme but the figures show that most new cars bought this year were non-scrappage cars.”

A total of 11,688 scrappage cars have been registered this year, 15 per cent of the total being new car sales.

“Motorists are clearly availing of the great deals that are out there at the moment and scrappage certainly brought people back into showrooms. The scheme is now over but these deals will continue.”


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