According to figures just released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), a total of 6,282 cars were registered last month, up 336 units or a 5.7 percent increase on the same month last year. There was a significantly higher increase in van and light commercial sales across the country for May compared with May 2013, up 15.9 percent (1,359 vs 1,173 units).
Ford had the highest combined vehicle sales volume of 1,007 units to take the top slot followed by Toyota with 887 and Volkswagen with 871.
Eddie Murphy, Chairman and Managing Director of Ford Ireland expects the June sales figures to be slightly more muted as many motorists are likely to wait for the new 142 registration as of 1 July. "Nevertheless, we would expect the increased level of sales to continue for the rest of 2014 and are hopeful that the Industry could finish the year out with combined sales figures for cars and vans up in the region of 20 percent," he concluded.