Motor Industry


21
Sep 13

Motor Industry Budget Proposal Will Create 59 Jobs in Mayo

A new proposed scheme by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) will help create 59 jobs in Mayo if the Government agrees to the idea which was part of SIMI’s pre-budget submission.

The ‘swappage’ proposal would see a €2,000 reduction in VRT on the purchase of a new car where the trade-in is six years or older. The SIMI estimate that this will see an increase of 17,000 new cars sold across the country, creating 2,200 jobs, producing €129 million for the Irish exchequer and also cutting CO2 emissions by 11,500 tonnes per year.

Kevin Connolly, SIMI centre chairman for Mayo, said; “Like every village, town and city across Ireland the Mayo motor industry has been hit just as badly as everywhere else. The prospect of having 59 new jobs in the industry in Mayo alone next year would be a huge boost. It would be light at the end of the tunnel for us all after six terrible years. It will also save 677 tonnes of CO2 emissions in the county. Swappage is a no brainer for the Government and like the scrappage scheme, has the potential to re-invigorate an industry that’s on its knees,” he said.

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30
May 13

26 new jobs as Opel Ireland expands

Opel Ireland has announced a further expansion to its network with four new car dealerships in Limerick, Offaly, Carlow and Kildare.

A total of 20 new jobs will be created with Hinchy’s in Limerick and six new jobs with the O’Brien Group in Tullamore, Co Offaly.

Meanwhile a further 44 jobs will be secured with the appointment of Fitzpatrick’s Garages in Carlow and Naas.

This brings the number of Opel dealerships in Ireland to 35, with a total of five new dealers being appointed in the last year.

“Our customers are at the forefront of everything that we do. We have invested heavily in establishing a trusted dealer network to ensure our customers have a dedicated and professional service no matter where they are located,” said Dave Sheeran, managing director of Opel Ireland.

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18
Sep 12

Audi to open three new dealer outlets by end of year in €80m development

Audi   AUDI WILL open three new showrooms and service centres by     the end of this year as part of an €80 million restructuring of its     dealer network in Ireland.

This will begin with the launch of Audi Waterford on Friday, following an investment of €6 million. The showroom, or “terminal” as Audi calls it, is owned and operated by Anthony Boland and will create up to 30 jobs over the next two years.

This will be followed by the official opening next month of Audi North Dublin, a €10 million facility. This will be the largest Audi showroom, sales and service centre in Ireland and result in up to 30 jobs being created.

Audi also plans to open a new facility in Naas. This is under construction and involves an investment of about €2 million. It will create between 10 and 15 jobs and open before the end of this year.

Additional openings are planned next year for Dublin, Cork and Athlone.

Audi has sold more than 3,400 units in Ireland this year, more than its total sales figure for 2011.

Andrew Doyle, managing director of Audi Ireland, said the growth reflected strong demand for its Audi A6 and A4 models.

Of the €80 million being invested, about 85 per cent is coming from the dealers and the balance from Audi.

Mr Doyle said the car maker was confident of achieving a return for Audi and its dealers.

“Yes, it’s a big investment. We will have eight operators in 11 locations and each has their own sustainable business plan. The numbers stack up and have been stress-tested.”

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