Statistics released form the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that 2010 showed a 55% increase in new car sales compared to the previous year. That’s 88,373 new cars sold in 2010 compared to 39,767 in 2009.
The government scrappage scheme played a huge part in this increase of car sales and it generated an extra €109 million in government revenue and even more importantly their was an increase of 3,500 in the number of people employed in the car industry.
The director-general of the SIMI Alan Nolan said the extension of the scrappage scheme until June 30 this year will mean even more new car sales and will secure jobs in the industry for the foreseeable future.
The recent bad weather in December meant that allot of car buyers who usually pre-order their new cars for the coming year were unable to because of the bad conditions. So as a result it is still unclear until probably the end of January as to the real number for car sales.
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