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Ireland’s new car registration records highest growth in 7 years

DUBLIN, Nov .

2 (Xinhua) — Ireland’s new car registrationsexceeded 2,500 in October, up 28 percent year on year, according tonew figures on Monday. The figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI)showed that new car registrations for the year currently exceeded120,000, up 30 percent on the same period last year. However, both light commercials vehicles (LCV) and heavy goodsvehicles (HGV) were down for the month of October, down 13 percentand 30 percent respectively.

The SIMI figures showed the five top selling car brands wereVolkswagen, Toyota, Ford, Hyundai and Nissan. The figures also showed the five top selling car models wereVolkswagen Golf, Ford Focus, Nissan Qashqai, Skoda Octavia and FordFiesta. SIMI Director General Alan Nolan said new car registrations werecontinuing to perform ahead of last year, month on month, as theindustry continued to strive towards a more normal level ofbusiness.

“With over 120,000 new cars registered by the end of last month,this represents the highest growth in new car registrations inseven years, as 2008 was the last year when sales were atsustainable levels,” he said .

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