New Car Sales For 2010 Fail To Take Off

Latest registration statistics from car history provider show that year on year sales for new passenger cars are down 31% on 2009 figures.

 The latest statistics which include all new car registrations up to January 12th show a total of 5,521 new passenger registrations in 2010 as against 8,032 for the same period in 2009.

 Commenting on the results Shane Teskey, Director at said “These are not the sales figures the industry was hoping for. All indicators toward the end of 2009 pointed to a relatively strong order book for 2010. There have been a lot of changes to the way dealers finance the stocking of their forecourts and it may be that cars are not being registered until the new owner is on site to collect. With the recent bad weather it may be that customers simply can’t get to their dealership to collect their new car”.

 Ford have the top spot in both petrol and diesel segments. The Ford Fiesta has sold in excess of two hundred and sixty petrol units while the number of new diesel Ford Focus sold is over three hundred and thirty. At the luxury end of the market, BMW have registered thirteen of the prestigious 7 Series and Mercedes Benz have plated nine of their S-Class models.

 Dublin has the greatest number of vehicles registered at 1,603 (29%) with Leitrim bringing up the rear at just 20 (0.4%) new cars.

The statistics also show that the number of used cars being imported into the country is down drastically on last year. For the first twelve days of 2010 only 942 second hand cars have been registered. Compared to 2009 figures of 1,934 for the same period the fall is over 51%. 


The Car Index is compiled on a daily basis from new vehicle registration statistics supplied by the vehicle registration office and published online at Regional statistics by county are also available.

Motorists urged to take care due to flooding

Flooding caused by heavy rain overnight is affecting some roads in the south and east of Ireland.

AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to drive with extreme care.

Parts of counties Wicklow and Wexford are the worst affected where some primary and secondary roads are impassable.

Flooding has been reported in Arklow after heavy rain fell overnight and melted snow flowed from higher ground.

Gardaí are advising that the area from Vale Road to Aughrim is completely flooded and will be closed for some time.

Anyone travelling from Dublin should take the Arklow South exit to reach Arklow town as other routes have heavy surface water.

In Enniscorthy, the quays have been closed and diversions are in place around the town. People have been asked to avoid the area completely. Gardaí have removed all cars parked on both sides of the quays because of flooding.

In Cork, surface water is affecting roads around Clonakilty and Skibbereen.

AA Roadwatch is also reporting excess surface water in counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Monaghan and Waterford.

Due to bad weather all schools to close until Thursday

All national and secondary schools are to remain closed until Thursday 14 January 2010, Minister for Education Batt O’Keefe announced this afternoon.

The decision was taken following a review of the weekend weather forecast at a meeting of the Government’s Emergency Response Committee.

The Minister accepts that the closures will cause inconvenience but said the safety of student, teachers and parents was more important.

The decision comes amid growing fears among school principals and boards of management about the impact of further severe weather on school communities. It will be widely welcomed by them.

Schools have been telling RTÉ News of strong health and safety concerns, centred on footpaths and roads in their wider areas.

A decision on whether Ireland’s 4,000 schools will remain closed or re-opened later next week will be made following a review by the Committee at a meeting on Tuesday.

Severe weather warnings in place

There are severe weather warnings in place across most of the country, with Met Éireann forecasting at least another three days of sub zero temperatures.

Drivers are being advised to take extra care on all routes but especially on secondary roads which may not have been gritted.

The unexpectedly long cold snap is also draining supplies of grit with several local authorities in the Midlands and in Dublin running low.

The National Roads Authority says the N5 Charlestown, N6 Loughrea, N8 Mitchelstown, N13 between Brigend and Burt in Donegal, and the N81 Baltinglass are all icy.

The Sally Gap in Wicklow is still closed, and secondary roads and housing estates in most of Dublin are described as treacherous.

In the South, Thurles has been badly affected with gardaí are warning of severe black ice in many places.

AA Roadwatch says it is very icy on secondary routes in Co Clare and also on the N18 Ennis Bypass.

In Co Cavan there are very icy in spots on the N3 Dublin/Cavan Rd and in the Baileboro and Virginia areas.

Gardaí have advised motorists to drive with extreme caution on the M7 between J12 Newbridge and J14 Monasterevin, or avoid if possible.

Bus Éireann services in Cork are severely disrupted.

All city services and many suburban routes and several services in the county have been suspended.

Services between Limerick and Dublin have been suspended due to road conditions, and there are long delays on the service between Dublin and Ballina.

Meanwhile, Dublin Bus services are operating on a restricted basis and services on routes on higher ground and through housing estates are again being limited. announces ‘Best Selling Car of the Decade’ today announced that the Ford Focus is officially Ireland’s number one selling car of the decade. The Motorcheck statistics show that Irish motorists have registered in excess of 90,000 Ford Focus’s in the past decade bringing the total number of cars registered in the Republic to well over 1.5 million cars.  

The year 2000 registered an unprecedented high of 225,269 with this past year 2010 recording a low of just under 56,000. 

The Toyota Avensis comes in at second place with the Volkswagen Golf following closely at third position. 

Commenting on the announcement Shane Teskey co-founder at Motorcheck said “The Ford Focus has certainly earned its position as the number one selling car of the decade. Proving itself popular in times of economic boom and recession it has been Ireland’s best-selling car for eight of the past ten years. Total sales have clocked up more than 90,000 units and the car continues to be a leading choice in the second hand market”. 

Twice voted Semperit Irish Car of the Year by the Irish Motoring Writers Association, and a former European Car of the Year, placed bumper to bumper, the Focus cars sold to date in the country would stretch from Dublin to Limerick and back. 

Commenting on the accolade, Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland, said: “We are delighted that Focus has been named Ireland’s favourite car of the decade in Ireland.  Since its introduction in 1999, the car instantly became a favourite with Irish motorists.  From young motorsports fans to families to empty nesters, the Focus customer base has always been a broad church.  It’s that very breadth of appeal that has made it a perennial favourite for Irish drivers.”


Shane Teskey
Benchmark Fleet Services Limited

2009 car sales plummet by 63% on last year’s figures – record low

2009 car sales plummet by 63% on last year’s figures – record low

Latest car registration statistics from the Vehicle Index also show continued popularity of second hand imports over new car purchases.

Data released today by the Vehicle Index shows that new car sales in Ireland have dropped by 63% since the beginning of 2009 while imports from abroad have only dropped 24%. The Index shows that nationwide sales of new cars have seen a sustained month on month decline for every single county. Counties with the greatest declines were Meath, Limerick and Wicklow at 67% while counties with the lowest decline were Donegal at 57%, Kerry at 60% and Cork at 61%.

Commenting on the results, Teskey added “The nationwide statistics demonstrate that Irish people are being much more cautious with their spending habits this year, preferring to either wait for better deals from the manufacturers or spending more time researching and buying second hand”

At the same time as new car sales have dropped the number of people opting for a UK import has declined at a much lower rate (24%). Border counties such as Monaghan and Sligo have remained steady with drops of only 2% and 6% respectively. The biggest importers have been Dublin (9,509), Cork (4,358) and Donegal (4,214) while the most popular type of car has been a Volkswagen with its Passat topping the table at 3,338 registrations.

“Whilst the overall number of imports has dropped this year, it’s clear that the Irish are still prepared to travel north of the border or further afield in search of a bargain” Teskey said. “With 10,000 jobs already lost in the sector, all hopes are resting on the proposed government scrappage scheme in a last ditch attempt to save 10,000 more that are hanging on by a thread”.

The number of new Motorcycles registered has also fallen 47% with sales dropping from 3,060 in 2008 to 1,638 for the same period.
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Double scrappage deal from Renault Ireland

On the 18 Sept. 2009 Renault Ireland launches the new National Scrappage Scheme to “JUMPSTART” Irish car industry.

Renault Ireland today announced the launch of a national scrappage scheme for the Irish market. Irish motorists can cash in on a €1,500 scrappage scheme which is redeemable on the purchase of any new Renault car and light commercial vehicles when you scrap your car with any Renault dealer nationwide. The scheme is for motor vehicles of all makes and models that are over eight years old. The offer comes in addition to a trade-in allowance also in place across the Renault range.

Renault has successfully implemented similar schemes in other European countries with both consumers and the local car industry benefiting from the scheme. While the Irish Government stalls on introducing a much needed scrappage scheme, Renault and its Network have seized the initiative to meet the needs of Irish motorists.

Commenting on the announcement, Eric Basset, Managing Director, Renault Ireland, said, “The Irish car industry is struggling in the current economic climate due to diminished consumer purchase power and the lack of available credit. We have successfully run similar schemes in other European countries and Renault and its Network are delighted to be spearheading a scrappage scheme for Irish motorists.”

For those looking for quality, safety and ecology, this is the best opportunity to buy a new car at the best prices. Full details of the Renault Ireland’s national scrappage scheme can be found on or

At last the Government has followed Renault’s lead which means you can avail the Government scrappage scheme and Renault scrappage scheme.

With Renault scrappage scheme you can get 1500.00 EUR allowance on any car aged 8 year or older as well as up to 3100.00EUR trade-in allowance on any models from any brand.

With the Government Scrappage Scheme, you can save up to a further 1500.00EUR on top of the Renault Scrapage Scheme if the car is 10 years or older

If you would like to find out more, why don’t you visit Renault website -> Here