New car marker drives on strongly

The new car market in Ireland continues to drive on smartly. New cars sales in April showed continued growth.

The new car market in Ireland continues to drive on smartly. New cars sales in April showed continued growth.

Sales were at the same level of increase that has been seen since the start of the year, with sales for April up 28% compared to the same month last year.

So far this year, a total of 57,793 new cars have been sold.

Alan Nolan, Director General of the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) said the Industry had been closely watching the tren during the month as Easter can have a key impact, with two short weeks, hire-drive business and the potential for car sales to begin to slow down at this time of year.

“The results for April actually confirm that the level of demand has continued at the same rate as earlier months, reflecting increased consumer activity, which augers well in relation to progress toward economic recovery,” he added.

Commercial vehicle sales are often a better barometer of the domestic economy. The heavy commercial vehicle market is also showing signs of significant improvement with sales up 44% year to date.

The increase in light commercial vehicle sales are a sign that small Irish businesses appear more confident about the future. While the HGV and LGV figures are off a low base, they do indicateincreased activity in the economy.

Meanwhile, Citroen has secured a double win in the 2014 Trade Van Driver magazine awards, winning the Best City van (Citroen Nemo) and Best Large Trades van (Relay) on press day at the Commercial Vehicle Show.

The Trade Van Driver magazinea awards are unique in that they are judged by an expert panel made up of journalists at the magazine and readers who use light commercial vehicles as part of their business.

The Trade Van Driver awards recognise those manufacturers, who in the opinion of the judges, offer the best to retail van buyers.

In awarding the Nemo the Best City Van accolade, the judges, said: “The Citroën Nemo broke new ground when it was first launched in 2008. It continues to impress trade users with its ‘big van’ attributes and low cost of ownership. It’s a delightful

vehicle to drive too, with plenty of ‘fun’ dialled in to the handling experience.”

Explaining why the Relay is the Best Large Trade Van, the judges said: “Traders who need a large van just love the Relay. It has good looks, a reasonable front end price, it’s frugal to use and it’s comfortable.

Seán O’Neill, National Fleet Manager for Citroën Motors Ireland said they were extremely pleased with the multiple-award-winning success.

Irish Ferries

Irish Ferries has launched a +1 free offer on services to Britain and France this Summer. The effect is to allow fare paying motorists the benefit of being able to bring an additional adult free without any additional charge.

On Irish Sea services, passengers who book by May 26 can avail of the offer and take an extra passenger for free from as little as €79 single for a car and driver. The offer is valid for travel anytime on all sailings up to January 30, even over Christmas and bank holiday weekends.

On their direct routes to France requirements differ with those booking by May 26 travelling from as little as €99 single for a car, driver plus one free passenger. Travel can be any time on all sailings from Ireland up to June 16 and from France from August 11 until December 17.