New Car Sales In Kerry Rose By Over 36% Last Year Compared To 2014

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UK-car-salesNEW car sales in Kerry rose by over 36% last year on the 2014 figure according to the latest figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

In all there were 2,696 new cars sold in the county up 36.23% on the 1,979 cars sold in 2014. This was the fifth highest increase nationally with only Leitrim, Longford, Meath and Wicklow recording bigger rises year on year.

Nationally, the official statistics show that the total new car registrations for the year 2015 of 124,945 finished up 30% ahead of 2014 (96,284). This represented a 2.16% market share, up on the 2.06% share in 2014.

Last month just five new cars were sold in Kerry, which was up on the two sold in December 2014.

Nationally, the month of December registered a slight decrease -1.44% (342) compared with the same month in 2014 (347) however it should be noted that volumes for December are very small.

Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV), for 2015 recorded a 42% (23,722) increase on registrations last year (16,732). While the month of December saw registrations performed strongly with a 50% increase (236) in comparison to December 2014 (157). HGV (Heavy Goods Vehicle) show that registrations, for 2015 (2,135) were up 9% on 2014.

Commenting on the figurers SIMI Director General Alan Nolan said: “We are pleased that 2015 has turned out to be a good year of continued recovery for our Industry which is a very strong indicator of the health of the general economy. We now look forward to 2016 with greater optimism and a real potential to see registrations return to normal levels that we have not seen since before 2008. Sales within the different sectors have performed well in 2015 and we would expect to see this improvement continue in the new year”.

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