January 23, 2021
Business News

Covid car crash: Lockdown sees slump in motor sales in Kilkenny

By Jayde Maher

The pandemic is continuing to hit car sales in Kilkenny, with registrations of new vehicles down by almost 14%.

The number of car registrations in Kilkenny slumped by 13.72% when compared to the same period last year, according to latest figures published by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

A total of 1,780 new vehicles were registered in the city and county in the year until the end of November, compared to 2,063 for the same period last year.

Overall, new car registrations across the country are down 25% on last year, which SIMI Director General Brian Cooke says reflects “the extremely difficult trading conditions” since the pandemic hit.

Mr Cooke said digital platforms provided “an important shop window for customers looking to buy a new or used car” during the lockdown, and it is hoped sales will begin to rise again now that the country has moved out of the Level 5 restrictions.

The top five selling car brands so far in 2020 are Volkswagen, Toyota, Hyundai, Skoda and Ford, respectively.

 

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