Ireland’s new-car sales plunge to an unprecedented 73.6% in June as buyers await the arrival of a new split-number plate system in July that marks the start of the year’s second half. Society of the Irish Motor Industry data shows auto makers delivered just 1,673 units in June, down from year-ago’s 6,350. Irish number plates include the year the car is first sold in Ireland. But for the first time, the plate designations are being divided, with “131” for ...

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