Boost as more people visit dealerships
IT IS too early to say but there does seem to be a sizeable increase in the number of new cars being registered.
Many will have been pre-ordered but there is greater footfall in dealerships and more of a buzz around and that is always a sign people are not far off buying.
It will take a while to see a trend emerging but SIMI's Alan Nolan told us: "It has been a reasonable start. The projection would be better than last year. We are hoping it will be a matter of 'a bit better' each year from now on."
Predictions of up to 85,000 new-car registrations are being made in some quarters -- that would be 11,000 ahead of last year. But all that could change. Most commentators expect 80,000-plus.
Wider availability of credit is seen as one of the main reasons people are considering buying a 14-reg.
And car makers are trying to get new models into the market as quickly as possible -- while others will have to wait for factory production.
We have outlined the major arrivals for the rest of the year as a guide to anyone planning on buying.
NEW CAR ARRIVALS: Pages 2 & 3