DUBLIN -- Ireland’s overall new vehicle sales in 2001 plunged 24.9% to 207,633 units from an exceptional prior year, according to official data released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Nevertheless, last year’s passenger car sales of 164,772, although down 28.6% from the year-earlier period, were the third-best on record. New laws requiring safety testing of Irish cars for the first time in 2000 gave a distorted result as more than 230,000 old cars were scrapped. ...

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