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Ireland 2001-2003: Focus, Almera and Corolla on top

Ford Focus

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Launched in 1998, the Ford Focus established itself as the best-selling model in Ireland in 2001 and stayed on top for 3 consecutive years. Impressive success for a model that pushed design boundaries when it appeared on the car scene. The Focus sells 8,213 units in 2001, 9,069 in 2002 and 6,602 in 2003.

Nissan Almera

Also a very strong seller in Ireland, the Nissan Almera climbs to #2 in 2001 with 7,847 units sold, then drops to #3 in 2002 with 6,301 sales. The Toyota Corolla is a constant success all through the period, ranking #5 in 2001 with 5,362 sales and jumping to #2 both in 2002 at 6,443 units and in 2003 with 6,602 sales.

Other popular models in Ireland then are the Fiat Punto #3 in 2001, the VW Golf #3 in 2003, Opel Astra #4 in 2001, Toyota Avensis #4 in 2003 and the Toyota Yaris #5 in 2003.

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  1. erik
    November 16th, 2011 at 09:09 | #1

    2002 : The Ford Focus was Ireland’s best-selling car in 2002, and Ford also took the top spot in commercial vehicles with its Transit.

    The performance comes against a total 6.4 per cent drop in combined sales of cars and commercial vehicles compared with 2001.

    Ford was also the leading brand in total vehicle sales, with a 12 per cent share, followed by Toyota (10.8 per cent), VW (10.2), Nissan (8.6), and GM (7).

  2. erik
    November 16th, 2011 at 09:07 | #2

    2003 :The Ford Focus was the top-selling nameplate in Ireland in Ford’s 2003 centenary year, during which new cars sales dropped by almost 7 per cent.

    Figures from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show 145,334 cars were registered in 2003, down from 156,115 in 2002. Ford was the country’s top-selling car brand, with 12.2% of the market, ahead of Toyota (11.8%), Volkswagen (10%) and Nissan (9.4%).

    In the year in which it celebrated its Centenary, Ford was the only major manufacturer to record an increase in sales, with volumes rising to 17,728 units. The Ford Focus was again Ireland’s best-selling car, with over 7,500 units sold.

    Toyota sold 17,134 units, VW 14,516, Nissan 13,591, and GM Opel 10,758.

  3. erik
    October 20th, 2011 at 02:51 | #3

    first quater 2003 : Ford’s Fiesta pipped the Nissan Micra over the first three months of the year to top sales in the supermini segment, while the same company’s Focus and Ka also led their respective segments.

    Sales statistics in the segment for the first three months of 2003 were Ford Fiesta (does not include Ford Fusion ) 2430, Nissan Micra 2428, Fiat Punto 2271, Peugeot 206 1949, and VW Polo 1474.

    The Ford Focus is again Ireland’s best-selling car year-to-date, with 3,830 units registered, topping the Compact Family class ahead of the Toyota Corolla (3262 units) and the VW Golf (2801).

    The Ka was clear leader in the sub-B segment, with 228 units, followed by the Suzuki Ignis (96 units) and Wagon R (91 units).

  4. erik
    June 13th, 2011 at 22:48 | #4

    heres the best selling car data i could find for 2002
    The Ford Focus was Ireland’s best-selling car in 2002, and Ford also took the top spot in commercial vehicles with its Transit.

    The performance comes against a total 6.4 per cent drop in combined sales of cars and commercial vehicles compared with 2001.

    Ford was also the leading brand in total vehicle sales, with a 12 per cent share, followed by Toyota (10.8 per cent), VW (10.2), Nissan (8.6), and GM (7).

    2001:Ford was the leading car brand in Ireland for 2001. With a market share of 11%, or 18,156 units, the blue oval claimed the number one position ahead of Toyota (10.4%, 17,115 units) and VW (10.3%, 16,990 units). Total car registrations for 2001, at 164,744, were down almost 29% on the heady levels of 2000. Sales of small cars fell by 40%.

    Ford also had the country’s best-selling car, with the Ford Focus topping the 8,000 sales mark, ahead of the Nissan Almera and Fiat Punto.
    2000:The Fiat Punto was Ireland’s best selling car in 2000, retaining its position at the top of the sales league for the third consecutive year.

    Official figures just released show that a total of 11,065 new Puntos were registered here during 2000, to give the Italian hatchback range a 4.9% share of what was the biggest new car market in our history.

    A total of 7,569 Puntos were sold here in 1998, enough to move the car into the No 1 place in the sales league. These were the ‘old’ Puntos, the version originally launched in 1993. In 1999 the ‘New’ Punto was introduced and sales increased to 7,913. The ‘New’ Punto took over from its predecessor as the nation’s favourite car with 4.5% market share.

    Now, according to the latest figures, the Punto has made a dramatic leap in sales. The increase represents a growth rate of 39.8% compared with the 32.5% growth rate experienced by the total market.
    use could find more on this old car site http://irishcar.com/

    • matgasnier
      June 13th, 2011 at 22:55 | #5

      Hey Erik,
      Thanks very much this is great!
      I will update the site as soon as possible.
      cheers
      Matt

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