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New car sales down in July

New car sales down in July

End of Scrappage Scheme sees new car sales drop, but year-to-date sales are up.

The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has released new car sales figures for July 2011. 

A total of 4,067 cars were sold; a reduction of 2,231 compared with July 2010. Last year's sales figure included over 1,200 vehicles sold under the Scrappage Scheme. Despite the drop last month, year-to-date vehicle sales are up compared to last year. For the first seven months of 2011 new car sales are up 10%, while light and heavy commercial vehicle sales are up 12% and 3% respectively.

Of the 81,176 cars sold so far in 2011, 71 percent were diesels - an increase of 22 percent. The most popular individual model was the Ford Focus while Toyota was the manufacturer with the most sales, taking 13.2 percent of the market.

Published on August 4, 2011
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