Ireland’s new-car sales plunged 66.5% in January in the face of changing vehicle taxes and the collapse of the country’s banking sector and the economy it supports. Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) figures show new-car sales of 15,929 units sank far below year-ago’s 47,609. In a potent sign of the economic crisis, light-commercial-vehicle deliveries plummeted 80.6% to just 1,651 units from prior-year’s 8,490, while heavy-vehicle sales slid 67.4% to 267, from prior-year’s 819. ...

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