Despite the country’s economic and political crisis, the Irish auto industry says the outlook for 2011 is positive, with January new-car sales climbing 28.7% to 21,078 units from prior-year’s 16,376. The Society of the Irish Motor Industry says this year’s forecast is for a continuation of the progress made in the industry’s recovery. SIMI Director General Alan Nolan says last month’s sales increase is a strong indication the government’s cash-for-clunkers scheme is encouraging people ...

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