Tuesday 28 February 2017

Car sales up 5,000 on last year

More than 40,000 new cars have been sold already this year -- a jump of more than 5,000 on the same period in 2010.

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) welcomed the news but pointed out that the increase comes after a huge fall in sales.

A total of 40,978 new cars has been purchased already, which they said was a good sign.

Sales were 14pc higher than this time last year, helped by the government scrappage scheme, which gives motorists a €1,250 tax rebate for trading in a car older than 10 years.

"These figures have to be seen in context, they remain a long way off the levels. . . of 2007," SIMI director Alan Nolan said.

Irish Independent

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