Statement from Eddie Murphy, Chairman & Managing Director of Ford Ireland, in relation to CSO figures for July 2009 car market in Ireland
Cork, Tuesday August 25, 2009 – “The year on year drop for July 2009 is exaggerated by the CO2 based car tax system which came into effect in July 2008. A high number of new purchases in the early part of 2008 were postponed until the July arrival of the new tax regime, inflating the figures for what is normally a quiet month. However, the underlying trend for 2009 is that we are on course for a fall of approximately 67% for the entire year, to approximately 57,000 units - a level that clearly has dire implications for the industry."
“Government scrappage schemes in other countries have had a very beneficial effect that helped to stimulate sales, increase government revenue, secure jobs and take older, more polluting cars off the roads - we don't understand why our government won't consider a similar scheme for Ireland.”