Ireland October 2010: Renault Fluence #1!
The Irish market follows a very particular pattern every year: it starts with all guns blazing in January (16,617 sales in 2010) and progressively dies away throughout the year (only 500 sales in Dec 09). Even if October 2010 is at +191% vs. Oct 09 it only totals 3,546 sales. Over 10 months, the market is up 63% vs. 2009 at 88,598 sales.
In this context, after a 1-2 in September (Megane/Clio), Renault scores an amazing 1-2-3 this month with the Fluence at 9.6%, the Megane at 8.3% and the Clio at 8.1%!
In the year-to-date rankings, the VW Golf edges to #1 thanks to a very weak month from the Ford Focus, and the Renault Megane grabs the 2nd spot at 3,879 sales, just one sale above the Focus. Three more cars are above 4% market share: the Ford Fiesta, the Toyota Avensis and the Nissan Qashqai.
Amazingly #1 in October, the Renault Fluence is still only 21st in the year-to-date ranking because its great performance occurred in a very weak month.
2010 year-to-date Top15 ranking below.