Car sales plummet by almost 70 per cent
ALARMING DROP BLEAK START TO NEW YEAR FOR DEALERSHIPS
CAR DEALERSHIPS in County Wicklow faced a bleak start to the New Year as sales dramatically plunged by almost 70 per cent.
Only 417 vehicles were sold in the month of January this year compared to 1,332 the same time last year. That’s a fall of 68.69 per cent.
Sales already fell considerably in 2008 but the signs are particularly ominous for 2009. The lack of 09 registered cars on the roads is evidence enough that all is not well within the Irish motor industry.
The amount of LCVs sold in January makes for alarming reading. 10 Volkswagen units sold actually ended up accounting for 23.2 per cent of all sales. Three Nissan units and three Peugeots sold accounted for a 6.9 per cent share each.
Four Ford units were sold (9.3 per cent), Two Opels (4.6 per cent), Three Fiats (6.9 per cent), one Landrover (2.3 per cent), four Toyotas (9.3 per cent) and two Citroens (4.6 per cent).
A single Mercedes was sold last month, which still made up 2.3 per cent of the overall market in January.
The figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry also include HGVs and passenger cars, though no breakdown of those actual figures are included.
Neighbouring counties have also seen a marked decrease in January sales, with Dublin suffering a 64.51 per cent drop, Carlow a 66.56 per cent drop, Wexford a 67.68 per cent drop and Kildare a drop of 65.49 per cent.
The lowest drop experienced in the whole country was that of Longford at 61.17 per cent.