Skoda all set to celebrate 20 years
SKODA is celebrating 20 years in the Irish market.
In that time it has delivered more than 60,000 vehicles and is now marking the milestone and the impending 132 registration plate 'new year' with special promotions up to July 6.
It claims its dealers will have 'unprecedented' trade-in allowances and finance deals.
Skoda brand director John Donegan says: "This is only the beginning for Skoda. I don't see why we can't become a Top Three car brand in Ireland."
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ROLL UP, ROLL UP:
30 MILLION GOLFS
Landmarks don't come much bigger than this: Volkswagen has just made its 30millionth Golf.
The car recently rolled off the assembly line at Volkswagen's plant in Wolfsburg, Germany.
WEBSITE TO EXPLAIN 132 PLATE ROLL OUT
For the umpteenth time – the 132 plate is not a way of getting around having '13' on your number plate.
There will be a 141, 142 and, if we're still alive, probably a 341 and 342.
SIMI president Paul Linders says: "Contrary to popular belief the change to the registration system, which is here to stay, is not an attempt to avoid the number 13."
The industry has become seasonal with 70pc of new cars sold in the first four months of the year. That has put stocking and funding pressures on car dealers.
SIMI has produced a special 132 Logo with the Motto 'Think July – Think New Car'. A website www.132.ie has also been set up to help consumers understand what the second registration plate means.