Saloon registrations up 21% in January

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By Stelios Orphanides

The number of saloon registrations rose 21 per cent year-on-year in January, to 3,481, compared to the respective month of 2017, the statistical service said.

The increase in saloon registrations last month was on an annual 38 per cent increase in the registration of second-hand vehicles, to 2,259, Cystat said in a statement on its website on Thursday. The increase more than offset a 1.8 per cent reduction in brand new car registrations to 1,222.

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Stelios Orphanides is a journalist at CyprusBusinessMail.com. To contact Stelios Orphanides: [email protected]

  • Mist

    Rental cars for the extra tourist numbers.

  • Eye on Cyprus

    Does this represent an increase in the number of cars . . . or a decrease in the number of unregistered cars?

  • Kevin Ingham

    A country with no trams, no railways, no subways, no bus service (other than inter city links) and no safe cycle lanes will always need cars, and the current exchange rate makes importing second hand vehicles from the UK (where second hand car values are abysmal but are the required RHD) is a very good money making/ saving scheme.

    Increasing sales of new cars might be an economic indicator, but imports of second hand ones are not such a clear cut guideline,

    But yes, many a personal contract hire vehicle from the UK will be leased out as a hire car in Cyprus (and the cheap purchase price will allow that rental charge to be kept relatively low) and if you are not all that well off and need to replace your clapped out banger for personal use the same source is a godsend

  • Douglas

    Most modern EU Countries has train services and their Islands a professional Ferry service, unfortunately Cyprus still has a long way to go.

    • Kevin Ingham

      A bit harsh there? Cyprus is a pretty remote island and I doubt the topography lends itself trains and trams?- so car is king

      Running a car in Cyrus is the cheapest option- parking charges are cheap and servicing a lot less than European standards.

      It’s when people who own cars though necessity can’t pay their road tax or insurance through lack of disposable income that car ownership becomes a problem

      • Douglas

        But they had a rail service before .The Cyprus Government Railway was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway network that operated in Cyprus from October 1905 to December 1951. With a total length of 76 miles (122 km), there were 39 stations, stops and halts, the most prominent of which served Famagusta, Prastio Mesaoria, Angastina, Trachoni, Nicosia, Kokkinotrimithia, Morphou, Kalo Chorio and Evrychou.

        • Kevin Ingham

          Early 1900’s- 1950’s hardly anyone could afford a car – that’s why trains were so popular and a necessity, even in countries not entirely suited to them.

          Changed world these days

          • Douglas

            You make it up as you go along ,infrastructure includes modern means of transportation which includes railway network 🙂

          • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

            Rail network can only work if there is a large enough population to support it doofus!
            Not to connect small towns of a remote island.

          • Kevin Ingham

            I don’t know what your circumstances are, but the “best” transport system in the world is the one that is available outside your own front door front and drops you off outside our own front door.

    • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

      Name me ONE city in Europe with maximum 200.000 residents spread out that has a metro system.
      Then name me a country with some 800.000 residents who has a rail network connecting its various towns.

      • Douglas

        There are many e.g. Spoleto might be a possibility; the train station is right on the edge of town. It’s a small city of about 30,000 inhabitants, a little larger than Cortona, but much smaller than Viterbo and Lucca.Try researching you will be surprised

        • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

          You must be a special kind of stupid to try to compare a train stop on a town that connects
          it with the rest of ITALY, a country of 70 MILLION with the construction of a metro system in a small ans sparsely populated island.
          Is your chemist on vacation and you cant fill your prescription or something?

          • Douglas

            You asked the question and got the answer, clearly if you had another brain in your head it would be lonely but your moronic response show the level of your mentality:)

          • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

            LOL, the idiot insists!
            Did you attend an imam Hatip school or something?
            You sure sound like it!

          • Douglas

            Your response itself displays your level of mentality 🙂

          • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

            Tell me more about a train stop outside an Italian town proving the need for the creation of a Metro system in Nicosia or Limassol!
            Go on, make me laugh some more!!!

    • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

      A ferry to where exactly?
      How long would the journey take, how many would use it and how much would it cost?

      • Douglas

        North Cyprus currently has a ferry service and South Cyprus use too but unfortunately stopped the service,I leave you to work out where 🙂

        • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

          A ferry to where exactly? How long would the journey take, how many would use it and how much would it cost?
          Who would choose it over a flight?
          If you don’t have an answer stop embarrassing yourself!

          • Douglas

            Do your own research I am not going to continue spoon feeding you 🙂

          • Μπιτζιμπιτζίδης.

            LOL, continue to make a fool of yourself. Every forum needs a clown!