New car sales getting back into top gear

Dealerships in Galway have recorded a boom in new car sales this year – so far in 2015, they’re up by more than one-third on the same period last year.

According to new figures from SIMI (the Society of the Irish Motor Industry) and website DoneDeal, new car sales were up 36.1% in the first nine month of this year on the January-September period last year.

The figures tally with separate data provided for the Connacht Tribune by Motorcheck, which show that 4,964 new cars were registered in Galway so far this year, up from 3,661 during the same period (35.6%).

The most popular new car in Galway on ‘151 G’ and ‘152 G’ plates this year is the Volkswagen Golf, with 247 sold (up from 212 for the same period last year).

Alan Nolan, Director General of SIMI, said: “The continued increase of sales in Galway is a big positive for the area. The motor industry is to the fore of recovery across the country and this is no different in Galway.