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Opel was the third most popular automaker in Ireland last month, knocking Toyota off the podium. Roberto Pfeil/AP/Press Association Images

Car sales drop as scrappage deal ends

The number of new cars sold in Ireland fell for the first time this year as the Government’s scrappage scheme came to an end in June.

NEW FIGURES RELEASED today show that consumers were put off buying new cars last month as the Government called a halt to its scrappage scheme in June.

According to the Central Statistics Office, there were 0.9 per cent less new cars sold in July than in the same month of 2010.

Today’s figures are the first this year to show even a slight dip in sales. For the previous six months, the motor trade industry has been buoyed by the scrappage scheme.

So far in 2011, 76,207 new cars have been bought by Irish drivers. This is an increase of 7,828 on last year.

The most popular car make among buyers in July was Ford, followed closely by Volkswagen. Opel made the top three, knocking Toyota off the podium.

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