Friday, January 03 10:28:04
While car sales dipped slightly last year, the motor industry took on 1,000 new staff and are gearing up for a strong start to the New Year, according to the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.
The final new vehicle statistics for 2013 issued by SIMI show that the sale of new cars was down 104 units (-33pc) in December compared to 2012 (down from 316 to 212).
For the full year 2013, new car sales were down 7pc (5,271) on 2012 (74,303 V 79,574).New Light Commercial sales (vans) were up 3pc on 2012 (11,076 V 10,804) and Heavy Commercial Vehicle sales (trucks) were up 27pc (1,717 V 1,354) on 2012.
Alan Nolan, SIMI's Director General says:"While the new car market is down on last year, it did stage a strong recovery in the 132 registration period (July-Dec) after a very poor first six months. The Commercial Vehicle sales figures are also an indication of recovery in the sector and the latest jobs figures from the CSO show 1,000 more people working in the Motor Industry now compared to the middle of 2013." "As we look forward to this year, many in the Industry are very positive for the new car market. Dealers around the country have been reporting an increase in showroom traffic and stronger sales activity for the new 141 registration period in January compared to last year."