The 181 economic indicator


#1

Haven’t seen any 181 cars yet think it’s kind of odd anybody else think our economy is not a robust as we are lead to believe


#2

Are you living on an offshore island? :slight_smile:
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#3

No, an ivory tower

I haven’t seen any yet normally I’d have seen a few by now


#4

I was thinking the same then I realised that the people who buy new cars are probably off skiiing


#5

Some of the wealthiest people I know do not buy brand new cars.
I know many other people without a pot to piss in who change frequently.

As an economic indicator all it tells me is there is car finance available.


#6

It is actually the very finest indicator of economic under/over-heating for Ireland.

Cars are VERY expensive in Ireland. When people get windfalls they buy new cars, in effect to pre-pay the tax. When incomes drop people squeeze more years out of the same car and put off purchases.

I am mesmerised that David McWilliams has never noticed this.


#7

Perhaps just the range of high end better spec second hand imports from the UK are having a dampening effect on new lux 181s. I’d imagine this trend will only increase as the UK economy slows and fewer Brits are able to afford their bling.


#8

Or conservative Paddy is dazzled in the fullbeam headlights. The daysul, his staple 'till now is roundly condemed lately as the fuel of beelzebub. While it’s a bit early to say how the new fangled exotica like the CHR or, God forbid, a Leaf will fare in a few years.


#9

A sharp depreciation in sterling hits new car sales a lot and imports from the UK rise.

This was pronounced in 2009 and 2017 but after a while the effect wears off.


#10

I saw my first on Friday.


#11

I saw 3 in a row today, and a few more on a way back. Surely there are more 181 then I have seen 171 same dates last year.


#12

As well as uk imports, the current uncertainty over diesel cars could have some holding off on buying.


#13

Finally saw one on Friday, 181 D 48xx so about 5k sold by the 12th.