There were more new cars sold on July 1 than the whole of June.
On the first day of the new ‘132’ registration plate, 1,927 new cars were sold, compared to just one on the same day last July.
There were more cars sold on the day than the first 18 days of July last year
There were 2,095 total new vehicles registered compared to just one on the 1st of July last year.
There were 138 light commercials (vans) sold (none were sold 1st of July last year)
There were 31 HGV’s (trucks) sold (compared to none on the 1st last year)
Car sales exceeded sales on the first working day of January this year- traditionally the busiest day of the year for car sales when 1,487 new cars were sold.
To put this into context, though, it should be noted that July 1 last year was a Sunday.
Even so, when compared to July 2nd last year:
140 new cars were sold on July 2nd last year compared to 1,927 yesterday
165 total new vehicles sold July 1st last year compared to 2,096 yesterday
15 vans sold last year v 138 yesterday
10 trucks last year compared to 31 yesterday
Alan Nolan, Director General of SIMI: “It’s a very positive start to the new ‘132’ year. Clearly motorists can see the benefits of a ‘132’ plate and are availing of the offers out there, with many only available for the introductory period. Feedback from Dealerships had indicated a lot of interest in the run up to the new plate but it’s always hard to gauge just how much until we see the actual registrations coming through. As it’s the first year of the new dual registration, we hope that the momentum continues for the coming weeks and months.”