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Donegal new car sales down 11.8% 03.09.19

OFFICIAL statistics released today by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that the total new car registrations in Ireland for the month of August (5,131) are down 13.3% when compared with August 2018 (5,921). New car registrations year to date (110,572) are down 7.9% on the same period last year (120,003).
In Donegal new car registrations for January - August 2019 (2,233) are down 11.8% when compared with same period in 2018 (2,514).
However, imported used cars in Ireland saw an increase with year to date figures up 5% (72,211) ahead of 2018 (68,784).
New electric vehicle registrations also continue to grow month on month with 172 vehicles registered for the month of August an increase of 4.2% on August 2018 (165) while a total of 2,860 EV cars were registered so far this year.
New car sales in Donegal, year to date, in 2019 are down 11.8% compared with same period last year.
Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General comments: “Despite the strong economic growth, the new car market continues to contract this year, with registrations for the month of August following this trend. In this business context and with the increasing likelihood of a hard Brexit, SIMI is calling on the Minister for Finance not to increase taxes on new cars in Budget 2020. It is important that our new car market is as strong as possible from both an environmental and employment view point. Instead the current Brexit and taxation mix only encourages people to hold on to their older higher emitting cars for longer. New car sales need to increase if Ireland is to see the real benefit of improvements in emissions from new technologies, and taxation systems should support not hinder this.”
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