Mayo car sales are at highest since recession, bringing an air of positivity to the County

Posted in Connect on January 9, 2017.

Sales of new cars in Mayo in 2016 were the highest they have been for eight years. Figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) reveal that 2,819 new cars were registered in Mayo last year compared to 2,413 in 2015, an increase of 406 cars or 16% annually.

The Mayo increase was in line with the national average of 17.5%. The figures also show that Co Roscommon recorded the highest increase nationally with a 30% jump in new car sales over the past year, rising from 1,088 in 2015 to 1,420 in 2016. David Hanly of Griffiths in Claremorris and Castlebar said the national increase in new car registrations was reflected in both of the firm’s branches. “We had a very good year and the general perception is it will continue. The early indications for January are positive. “The motor industry has gone through a difficult few years so it is good to see improvements,” he said.

Liam Rochford of Rochford Motors in Ballyhaunis said that the SIMI figures are reflected in his company’s sales for the past year. “Sales of our Seat and Mitsubishi models showed an increase and we are very hopeful for the coming year also and that things will keep improving. “We are hopeful the economy will continue to improve which helps businesses such as ours. “It is difficult to know if events such as Brexit will affect the motoring market but there is an air of positivity and there is confidence that economic disasters such as happened in 2008 will not happen again,” he said.

David Monaghan of Monaghan and Sons in Castlebar said Hyundai Ireland recorded the highest growth in passenger car sales, which is reflected at the Mayo outlet. “Figures show Hyundai had a 34% growth in sales last year. It is fantastic to see the continued momentum behind the brand and witness the phenomenal growth in our sales, and an increase in our market share of 200% since 2010,” he said

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