Big Increase In New Car Sales In Kerry Last Month Compared To March 2021

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THERE was a big increase in new car sales in Kerry last month compared to March 2021, according to the latest statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

There were 276 new car registrations in the county in March 2022 compared to 185 in the same month in 2021, an increase of over 49%.

So far this year 1,120 new cars have been sold in Kerry this year, up just 2% on last year. Nationally, there were 12,935 new car sales last month, while in March 2021 there were 9,192, an increase of over 40%.

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Hyundai was the most popular make of car in Kerry in February with 53 units sold, with the rest of the Top 5 made up of Kia (38), Peugeot (31), Toyota (26) and Ford (25).

The Hyundai Tucson was the most popular model with 37 units sold, with the Kia Sportage (21), Toyota Yaris (12), Peugeot 2008 (12) and Toyota Corolla (8) making up the top five.

Diesel cars are still the most popular engine type with 111 units (down 33% on March 2021) with 75 petrol sold (down 341%).

Next is 36 petrol/electric hybrid vehicles sold, up 100% on March 2021, 35 Electric vehicles (+169%); 17 petrol/plug-in electric hybrid (+70%);  one diesel plug-in electric hybrid and one petrol/gas.

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