Saturday 21 April 2018

Car sales up almost 45 per cent on 2013

David Tucker

NEW car sales are booming in County Wexford, with almost 45 per cent more cars sold in the first quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2013.

The 44.72 per cent increase is among the highest in the country and reflects a major turnaround for the motor trade in the county following years of see-saw car sales. The SIMI figures show county car sales at 1,453 during the first quarter of this year.

During the same period last year, 1,004 cars were sold. In the first quarter of 2012, a total of 1,203 cars were sold.

The top selling models during the first quarter of this year were the Volkswagen Golf, the Nissan Qashqai, the Ford Focus and the Skoda Octavia.

Larry Breen, a senior salesman at O'Leary Volkswagen in Wexford, said the first three months of the year had been very good.

'There has been a big pick- up in the market and the new Golf is by far the top seller,' he said.

Mr. Breen said that as a result of the upturn, his company was currently recruiting for two new sales staff.

Nationally, 33,682 car sales were for models in the Category A tax band, which cost the least to tax, an increase of almost 41 per cent on the previous year.

Electric car sales have risen from 13 in 101 during the same three-month period, however, they still only represent a tiny proportion, 0.2 per cent, of overall sales.

Silver, black and grey were the most popular colours.

Gorey Guardian