New car sales slip in February

RENAULT recorded the largest number of car sales in Louth throughout the past month as 324 new car registrations were made in the county throughout February.

RENAULT recorded the largest number of car sales in Louth throughout the past month as 324 new car registrations were made in the county throughout February.

The bad news for the local motor trade is that sales for the month are down on those recorded for the same period last year.

2011 had started brightly for local forecourt owners with the 581 cars bought in January signalling a 23.1pc increase on the same month in 2010.

However, the 324 cars registered in February was down slightly on the 358 sold in the same month in 2010, representing a drop in sales of 9.5pc.

On the whole though, sales are still up for this year with 905 cars sold in the first two months of the year in County Louth, as opposed to 830 in the first two months of 2010. Car sales for the first two months of the year are also up over 30pc on the same period in 2009.

Toyota remains the top selling manufactuer with 166 sales to date but after a superb month of February for Renault, which saw them make 86 new car sales throughout the month, the Clio has overtaken the Avensis as the top selling model, with 58 sales to date.

Renault, whose main dealer in the county is Blackstone Motors in Drogheda, were the big winners for the month with over a quarter of all new car sales going their way. That was reflected by the top selling models for the month with the Clio (39) the best seller, closely followed by the Fluence (24) and the Megane (20).

Toyota were next best with 53 sales with the Avensis (20) and Auris (13) selling best for them with Volkswagen (30), Nissan (27) and Kia (20) completing the top five selling manufacturers for the month.

It was less of a successful month for Ford though who, despite recording 104 new car sales in January, sold just 14 in February.

The 324 cars sold in the county throughout the month was the seventh highest in the country.

Meanwhile, there was just one new motorbike sold in the county last month – a Honda CBR1000 – while there was 38 commercial sales with Peugeot (7) out on top with six sales of its ‘Partner’.

Car registration figures supplied by www.motorcheck,ie