Saturday 18 November 2017

Drive is on to buy lowest emission vehicles

Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

NEARLY one-third of new cars sold this year fall into the lowest emissions band, according to new figures.

They show that 29pc of new cars registered fall into 'Band A', compared with just 10pc in 2009. These cars have CO2 emissions of 120g/km or less.

Cars in A and B (121-140g/km) qualify for the Government's car scrappage scheme.

SIMI director general Alan Nolan said the figures, especially those highlighting the number of 'Band A' cars, show the positive effects of scrappage.

"Consumers are experiencing both the environmental and economical benefits of making 'greener' choices when it comes to buying a new car and with the scrappage scheme running for another nine months, we expect average CO2 emissions to fall again. This clearly vindicates the decision to introduce incentives for buying new environmentally friendly cars in last year's Budget," he said.

Meanwhile, new-car sales are pushing ahead at a steady rate with the scrappage scheme no doubt playing a key role.

Sales are up 27pc according to the latest figures from


That means around 33,610 new motors have been registered up to the middle of March, compared with 26,434 for the corresponding period last year.

Mind you, that figure for 2009 was 66pc down on the first two-and-a-half months for 2008.

But it is clear that the scrappage deal is having a huge influence on people's decision to buy at all and on the sort of vehicle they buy.

Who says this Government can't get anything right?

Irish Independent

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