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We’re told the economy is booming so you’d expect far more people to be buying a new, or up-in-the-years car.

Of course it is early days and anything can happen, but right now the combined total of brand new-car registrations (-5pc) and those of used imports (-27pc) is down on last year.

There is still an uncertainty, a ‘softness’ to the buying market, observers tell me.

The election, Brexit, confusion about what to buy (especially) are all playing their part, it seems.

So expect an even greater push to get you to buy – from new-car dealers especially – as we enter the final week-and-a-bit of January.

How a dealer does in January more or less determines how they fare over the whole year.

So it could be the right time to see how good a deal you can get out there over the next while.

* The next ID electric production model from Volkswagen will be revealed at the New York Motor Show in April.

The ID 4 crossover will hold onto many of the designs first seen in the ID Crozz concept car shown from 2017.

As you know, the ID 3 hatchback has already been launched and will, in Ireland’s case, arrive here this summer.

* Toyota has unveiled its first RAV4 plug-in hybrid.

But there will be limited supply of the model, which is due here towards the back end of the year.

It even expects the 2021 allocation to be “mostly pre-sold” before the end of 2020. Spec and prices in the second half of the year.

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