The SIMI (Society of the Irish
Motor Industry) says June sales figures show that new car sales were up 31%
compared to June 2010. The State-subsidised Scrappage Scheme came to an end on
Thursday last seeing some 30,000 cars sold through the scheme.
Press Officer for SIMI,
Suzanne Sheridan said: "The Scrappage Scheme is now over and undoubtedly it
has been a huge success. €100m was generated from the scheme but the figures
show that most new cars bought this year were non Scrappage cars."
11,688 Scrappage cars have been registered so far this year, 15% of total new
"Motorists are clearly availing of the great deals that
are out there at the moment and Scrappage certainly brought people back into
showrooms. The scheme is now over but these deals will continue."The SIMI said the continuation of
the scheme was clearly welcomed by motorists with 10% of all scrappage sales
occurring this January.
Renault was the top selling brand under Scrappage and the
Ford Fiesta was the top selling car.
The scheme was focused on low
emission cars. The majority of Scrappage cars, 52%, were in the lowest emission
Category (under 120g/km) saving 40,000 tons of C02
this year and each subsequent
year. The average car scrapped has C02 emissions of 200g/km while the new car it
is replacing has emissions of just 120g/km.
The scheme generated €100m
for the government in VAT and VRT (after the government discounts).
President of SIMI, Gerry
Caffrey said: “Scrappage has been the saviour for our
industry. Two years ago, new car sales were 57,000 for the whole year, today
that figure, for just half the year, is 77,000.
“It didn’t just benefit our
industry though. The real benefit of the scheme was the 3,000 new jobs it
Every job saves the government, on
average €23,000 in PAYE, PRSI and Social Welfare so these 3,000 jobs represent a
saving of €70m.
“The question keeps arising, what
next? Many other EU countries have experienced a downturn in sales post
scrappage but only 15% of new car sales here have been scrappage cars so by the
end of the year we expect to see similar if not better overall sales than last
“It’s important to remember, we
still have a strong servicing sector and the used car market is doing well,
after seeing the knock on effects of reduced asking prices thanks to Scrappage.”
“There’s no doubt that
manufacturers and dealers will continue to offer the fantastic deals they’ve
been offering under Scrappage for the rest of the year.”
The Scrappage Scheme, which ended on
the 30th June saw 29,371 cars purchased.
77,134 new cars sold so far this
Up 14% on last year;
Toyota is the top selling brand
so far this year;
The Ford Focus is the best
91% of new cars sold were in C02
bands A & B, the lowest emission bands, compared to 77% last year;
71% of new cars sold so far this
year were diesel;
Light Commercial Vehicles; vans
etc are up 25%.