Car sales stall in June as drivers wait for 152-plate
Sales of new cars fell last month as buyers kept their powder dry for the new 152-plate, latest official figures show.
But sales for the year to date are still 25pc up for the first six months of the year, the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) statistics says.
New car sales are currently running at 82,337 so far this year.
And they are expected to soar over the next few weeks as more than 20,000 motorists are forecast to invest in a new car with a 152-plate.
Commercial sales are also booming - in what is seen as a real indication of the economic recovery.
They were up by 52pc (801) on June 2014 (528) and are 56pc ahead (14,600) for the first six months.
Brian Cooke, deputy director general of SIMI, said: "The first half of 2015 so far has been a positive news story for the industry and we expect that this will continue for the remainder of the year."
He said it wasn't surprising that sales in June were down as many customers were waiting to buy a car with a new 152 plate. Overall car sales are now on track to top the 120,000 mark - around 25,000 more than last year.
The top five makes this year to date are Volkswagen, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai and Nissan.
The biggest-selling models have been the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia and Toyota Corolla.
Motor dealers were busy on the first day of the new plate period yesterday and expect large numbers of buyers over the next 10 days in particular.