Car sales dive as scrappage deal ends
CAR sales plummeted last month with the end of the government scrappage scheme.
New cars sales plunged by 35pc, compared with the same period last year.
Sales figures for July released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) showed that 4,067 new cars were sold, a decrease of 2,231 on last year. It represented a fall of 35pc on July 2010.
More than 1,200 scrappage-scheme cars were included in the sales figure for July 2010. But the scheme ended in June this year.
SIMI director general Alan Nolan said the car market remained very fragile. "The months immediately following the ending of scrappage were always going to be challenging," he said.
But he said the year-to-date figures were still quite positive. New car sales were up 10pc, light commercials up 12pc and heavy commercials up 3pc -- all ahead of last year. A total of 81,176 new cars have been sold so far this year.
There has been a 22pc increase in the number of diesel cars sold and an 8pc decrease in petrol models sold.
The top-selling car makes are Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford. The best-selling models are the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Toyota Avensis.