Car sales plum­met by al­most 70 per cent

ALARM­ING DROP BLEAK START TO NEW YEAR FOR DEAL­ER­SHIPS

Bray People - - News - Myles BUCHANAN

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.

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