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Northern Ireland new car sales top 10: Number of vehicles sold drops in April

New car sales in Northern Ireland, April 2017 Close

1. 106 Hyundai Tucsons were sold

1. 106 Hyundai Tucsons were sold

2. The Ford Focus. 102 models were sold

2. The Ford Focus. 102 models were sold

3. 99 Nissan Qashqais were sold

3. 99 Nissan Qashqais were sold

4 Kia Sportage sold 88

4 Kia Sportage sold 88

5. Ford Kuga with 84

5. Ford Kuga with 84

6 The Volkswagen Golf sold 83

6 The Volkswagen Golf sold 83

7. 77 Ford Fiestas were sold

7. 77 Ford Fiestas were sold

8. The Peugeot 108 sold 65

8. The Peugeot 108 sold 65

9. Vauxhall Astra sold 65 units

9. Vauxhall Astra sold 65 units

10. Renault Kadjar sold 61

10. Renault Kadjar sold 61

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1. 106 Hyundai Tucsons were sold

New car sales in Northern Ireland slumped by almost a third last month as drivers steered away from sweeping tax changes.

Some 3,303 vehicles powered out of showrooms across Northern Ireland in April. That's down 29%, from 4,658 during the same month a year earlier, according to figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT).

Many buyers brought forward purchases to March, ahead of new vehicle excise duty (VED) rates coming into force on April 1, according to the trade body.

All new cars, except for those with zero emissions, are now subject to an annual flat rate charge.

RAC research found the vast majority of drivers buying new cars are paying significantly more following the change.

The top selling car in Northern Ireland is now the Hyundai Tucson, with 106 vehicles sold, with the Ford Focus in second place on 102.

Mike Hawes, SMMT, chief executive, said: “With the rush to register new cars and avoid VED tax rises before the end of March, as well as fewer selling days due to the later Easter, April was always going to be much slower.

“It’s important to note that the market remains at record levels as customers still see many benefits in purchasing a new car. We therefore expect demand to stabilise over the year as the turbulence created by these tax changes decreases.”


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