Provisional figures from the Irish motor industry for September 2001 show that 5,452 new cars were registered during the month -that's a decline of just over 42% compared to 9,199 registered for the same month in 2000. A total of 155, 634 new cars have now been registered during the period Jan.-Sept. compared to 219,462 during the first nine months of the year 2001, a decrease of 29.1%. Last year the motor industry in Ireland enjoyed its best ever year.

'This unusually sharp decline for the month is hardly a surprise after those horrific events of September 11th' according to Paolo Gagliardo, Fiat Auto Ireland CEO. 'Undoubtedly the bombings created a global feeling of uncertainty and nervousness. For Ireland the underlying economic indicators are still very positive and oil prices are being pressured downwards. I am sure the present feeling of a lack of confidence is based on an emotional response, not on the facts so we now need to work together and to have faith in our abilities and confidence that working together we will win'. Gagliardo also commented on Fiat's performance taking 4th place for the month.


For the month of September 2001 the Top Ten best selling marques were as follows (with percentage change on volumes for September 2000):

Marque Market share Unit Sales Volume change vs Sept.2000
1. V.W. 15.% 818 -2.8%
2. Opel. 8.9% 483 -57.5.
3. Toyota. 7.7% 420 -47.0
4. FIAT. 7.6% 416 -47.3
5. Renault. 7.1% 389 -15.3
6. Ford. 7.0% 379 -60.1
7. Nissan. 6.6% 357 -58.7
8. Peugeot. 5.8% 318 -31.6
9. Skoda. 3.7% 201 -28.9
10. Audi. 2.8% 152 +61.7


In the Elite Brands sector, the results for the month were as follows:

Marque Market share Unit sales Volume change vs Sept. 2000
1. Audi 2.8% 152 +61.7
2. M.-Benz 2.7% 145 -5.8
3. BMW 2.4% 128 -29.2
4. Volvo 1.7% 90 -30.7
5. Alfa Romeo 1.5% 81 -59.0
6. Saab 0.9% 47 -31.9

 

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