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1,927 new cars sold on 1 July compared to just 1 on the same day last year

The number of new cars bought on the first of the month also exceeded the number of cars bought on 1 January.

There were more cars sold on 1 July than the first 18 days of July last year.
There were more cars sold on 1 July than the first 18 days of July last year.
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THERE WERE MORE new cars sold on Monday, 1 July than in the whole month of June, as the new ’132′ registration plates were introduced.

According to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), 1,927 new cars were sold, compared to just one on the same day last year (which fell on a Sunday) or just 140 new cars on 2 July (the next business day).

Car sales on 1 July 2013 also exceeded sales on the first working day of January this year, which is traditionally the busiest day that people go out and buy new cars.


“It’s a very positive start to the new ’132′ year. Clearly motorists can see the benefits of a ’132′ plate,” said Alan Nolan, director general of SIMI. “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.”

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