Figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) this week show that 8,790 new cars were sold under the Government scrappage scheme in the first six months of 2010. This is up 1,422 from the May figure that covered the first five months of the scheme. The new data show that Renault has out-sold its rivals with 1,669 sales. Ford and Skoda were second and third with 1,218 and 869 respectively. Volkswagen, Toyota and Nissan also appeared in the top ten.
The figures also reveals that 47 percent of cars sold were in tax band A and 53 percent in band B. March was the strongest month for scrappage activity with 26 percent followed by February (20 percent) and April (19 percent). June had just four percent of scrappage sales - although a delay in collecting the data could account for this figure.
As with general new car sales, Dublin was the highest with 24 percent of sales followed by Cork with 15.56 percent and Limerick with 5.28 percent. Leitrim was the county with the fewest scrappage sales, posting just 48 (0.55 percent) in the first six months of the scheme.
Read all about the scheme in CompleteCar.ie's Guide to the Scrappage Scheme.