As expected, all vehicle registrations for June are significantly down on last year, as the anticipation of the new 132 plate in July impacted on sales.
New car sales were down 73.6% (-4,677 units), while Light Commercials (vans) were down 48.1% (-413 Units) and Heavy Commercials (trucks) were down 46.3% (-50 Units).
Alan Nolan, Director General of SIMI says: “The decline in June car sales comes as no surprise as people waited for the arrival of new 132 registration plate.” The Wexford Motor Show held over last weekend kicked off 132 events and we will see more promotions from dealers around the country for the month of July.
“As this is the first day of July, it is obviously very early to make any firm predictions, but out on the forecourts, dealers have reported a lot of interest from motorists in the build up to the new plate. Nearly all manufacturers and dealers have produced special offers for the introduction of the 132 plate, so it should be happy sunny days for car buyers in July.”