Sales of new cars in Donegal have increased by 18.1% for the first nine months of 2016 compared to the same period in 2015.
There were 3,453 cars sold between January and the end of September compared to 2,924 last year.
The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) this week issued their third Quarterly Motor Industry Review for 2016 in association with DoneDeal, at the SIMI National Retailers Conference held in Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare. The SIMI/DoneDeal Report highlights the strong performance in the first half of the year for the Industry followed by a slowing down of new car sales from August onwards.
Alan Nolan, Director General, SIMI, highlighted: “Car sales in Donegal so far this year are particularly encouraging and this has been seen across the country.
"2016 has seen the highest levels in new vehicle registrations since 2008, while some of these sales can be attributed to a catch up in the market overall it has been a good year for our Industry.
"New car sales (nationally) so far have contributed €1.25 Billion to the exchequer 24% ahead on last year. With the peak selling months behind us the industry has now turned its focus to the 171 registration period as can be seen and heard in current advertising campaigns.
"While 2017 brings with it an air of uncertain due to Brexit we would expect the Industry to continue to perform as economic indicators suggest increased spending power in the Irish economy in 2017.”