Ireland October 2016: Volkswagen Group monopolises Top 5

audi-a3-ireland-october-2016-picture-courtesy-autoexpress-co-ukThe Audi A3 is up to #4 in Ireland in October 

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As is the tradition in Ireland, as we approach the end of the year the new car market slows down to an almost stop, awaiting the new license plates and model year in January. Sales are down 12% year-on-year in October to 2.245 units, but the year-to-date tally is still comfortably up 18% year-on-year to 145.435 units. Volkswagen follows the market at -12% to 12.2% share while Audi surges 62% to a fantastic 10.3% share, distancing Skoda (-3%), BMW (-37%) and Opel (-23%). Year-to-date, the market leader is still Hyundai (15.410) but with a paltry 9th place in October, its lead over Volkswagen (15.322) and Toyota (15.162) has reduced drastically. Models analysis will follow shortly.

Previous month: Ireland September 2016: Volkswagen monopolises podium

One year ago: Ireland October 2015: BMW shoots up to 10% market share

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Ireland September 2016: Volkswagen monopolises podium

VW Tiguan Ireland September 2016The VW Tiguan climbs onto the Irish podium in September. 

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One month for weakness for Irish new car sales, down 1.7% year-on-year in September to 4.689 registrations, however at 143.195 unit the year-to-date tally is still up by a phenomenal 18% on the same period in 2015 which itself was up 30% on 2014. Volkswagen bucks the negative trend and gains 12% to sit on 14.4% market share, monopolising the models podium ranking with the Golf (#1), Passat (#2) and Tiguan (#3). In the Top 10, Ford (-16%), Nissan (-12%), Toyota (-21%), Hyundai (-17%) and Opel (-13%) all lodge double0-digit declines whereas Skoda (+4%) and Kia (+18%) stay above the water, Further down, notice Renault (+95%), Mercedes (+72%), Mazda (+65%), Mini (+62%), Land Rover (+263%), Seat (+171%) and Jaguar (+119%) all posting spectacular gains. Model-wise, the Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia and Hyundai Tucson are the best-selling non-VW, with the latter holding onto its year-to-date leadership at 7.373 sales vs. 5.040 for the VW Golf. The BMW 5 Series (#11), Opel Mokka (#14) and Renault Mégane (#20) shine.

Previous month: Ireland August 2016: VW & Golf lead, Hyundai and Seat shine

One year ago: Ireland September 2015: Dacia Duster up to 2nd place

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Ireland August 2016: VW & Golf lead, Hyundai and Seat shine

Seat Toledo Ireland August 2016. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukThe Seat Toledo breaks into the Irish Top 20 in August. 

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Irish new car sales are up by a solid 14% year-on-year in August to 7.310 registrations, in line with its YTD growth at +19% to 138.534 units. Market leader over the Full Year 2015, Volkswagen reclaims the brands pole position in August with 968 sales and 13.2% above Toyota at 788 and 10.8% and Hyundai at 613 and 8.4% (+104%!). However this isn’t enough to get back to #1 in 2016: this spot is still held by Hyundai at 15.072 sales (+37%) above Toyota at 14.740 (+19%), Volkswagen at 14.375 (+1%) and Ford 13.947 (+24%). BMW (+34%), Volvo (+38%), Dacia (+39%), Kia (+64%), Mercedes (+67%), Land Rover (+89%), Fiat (+96%), Seat (+167%) and Jaguar (+313%) all take off but Nissan (-35%) and Opel (-36%) plunge. In the models ranking, the VW Golf snaps the top spot for only the 2nd time this year at 312 sales and 4.3% share, only 3 units above the star of 2016, the Hyundai Tucson. The Skoda Octavia and Toyota Yaris follow, with the VW Passat up 10 spots on July to #5, the VW Tiguan up 21 to #6 and the BMW 5 Series up 40 to #7. Notice also the Seat Toledo up 107 ranks on last month to #16 with 124 sales vs. 146 over the previous 7 months.

Previous month: Ireland July 2016: Hyundai now best-selling brand year-to-date

One year ago: Ireland August 2015: Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia shoot up

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Ireland July 2016: Hyundai now best-selling brand year-to-date

Hyundai Tucson Ireland July 2016. Picture auto-motor-und-sport.deHyundai is now the best-selling brand in Ireland, thanks mainly to the Tucson. 

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Now in its fourth year, the bi-annual license plate change inspired from the UK and applied to Ireland in 2013 is getting more successful each year: at 29.902, July 2016 sales are up 8% on July 2015, itself up 47% on July 2014 which was up 61% on July 2013. The year-to-date tally is now up 19% to 131.240 units after 7 months. Like last year, Hyundai becomes the #1 brand in Ireland in July thanks to deliveries up 27% to 4.010 but this time the shift is a lot more momentous as it also means Hyundai is now #1 year-to-date with 14.459 sales and 11% (+35%), distancing Toyota at 13.952 (+19%) and Ford at 13.424 (+25%) while 2015 leader Volkswagen is down 1% to a paltry 4th place and 13.407 units.

Renault Kadjar Ireland July 2016. Picture autocar.co.ukThe Renault Kadjar breaks into the Irish Top 10 in July.

All Top 10 July brands gain ground bar VW (-19%) and Opel (-16%) with Ford (+23%) and Renault (+22%) very dynamic. Outside the Top 10, Dacia surges 30% to #11, Mercedes is up 37% and Land Rover up 54%. Model-wise, the Hyundai Tucson is more dominant than ever with a whopping 1.796 sales earning it a 6% market share, well ahead of the Ford Focus (3.9%), Nissan Qashqai (3.7%) and Ford Fiesta (3.4%). The Skoda Octavia is up 7 spots on June to #5, the Renault Kadjar up 43 to break into the Top 10 at #9, the Hyundai i30 up 38 to #19 and the Renault Captur up 73 to #13.

Previous month: Ireland June 2016: Toyota monopolises podium in reduced market

One year ago: Ireland July 2015: Hyundai leaps to #1 brand in market up 47%

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Ireland June 2016: Toyota monopolises podium in reduced market

Toyota Yaris Ireland June 2016The Toyota Yaris is the best-selling vehicle in Ireland in June. 

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Now that Ireland functions on a bi-annual license plate change like the UK, June has become of the weakest month of the year. In 2016 the Irish market is up 12% but at 1.625 units it is still a drop of water in the ocean. Year-to-date, it now amounts to 101.338 sales, up 23% on the same period in 2015. Toyota takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to volumes up 21% to 317 and 19.5% share above Volkswagen (-18%), Hyundai (+126%), Ford (-25%) and Kia (+62%). Mercedes (+152%), BMW (+100%), Renault (+138%) and Suzuki (+400%) also post significant gains. Toyota spectacularly places three models on the June Irish podium: the Yaris, Corolla and Auris in this order. But the Hyundai Tucson, #4 this month, remains by far the #1 in 2016 with 5.131 sales vs. 3.696 for the VW Golf at #2.

Previous month: Ireland May 2016: Volkswagen and Golf reclaim top spots

One year ago: Ireland June 2015: Toyota Avensis tops market at standstill

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Ireland May 2016: Volkswagen and Golf reclaim top spots

VW Golf Ireland May 2016The VW Golf is the best-seller in Ireland in May. 

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Irish new car sales pause in May at -6% to 6.506 registrations, yet a fantastic start of the year allows the year-to-date tally to still be 23% above the same period last year at 99.713 units. Despite sales down 10%, Volkswagen is alone on top in the brands ranking with 14.3% share vs. 9.1% for Ford (+10%) and 8.4% for Toyota (-21%) and this time it’s enough to take the year-to-date lead, overtaking both Toyota and Hyundai at once with 10.741 sales vs. 10.491 and 10.300 respectively. Skoda (+21%), Audi (+21%), Mazda (+24%), BMW (+32%), Suzuki (+37%), Mercedes (+106%) and Jaguar (+113%) take off. Model-wise, in May the VW Golf reclaims the top spot it held last year for the third consecutive time but the Hyundai Tucson, lurking at #2 this month, isn’t in the least threatened year-to-date (for now) at 5.075 sales vs. just  3.641 for the Golf. The Mercedes E-Class (#11) and Renault Megane (#12) impress.

Previous month: Ireland April 2016: Hyundai Tucson back in charge

One year ago: Ireland May 2015: VW Passat and Toyota Avensis shoot up

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Ireland April 2016: Hyundai Tucson back in charge

Hyundai Tucson Ireland April 2016. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Hyundai Tucson leads the year-to-date sales charts in Ireland. 

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Irish new car sales continue to grow unabated with April volumes up 10% to 10.387, leading to a year-to-date total up 26% to 93.216. This month Volkswagen is Ireland’s favourite carmaker by far despite sales down 1% to 1.258 and 12.1% share above Hyundai at 9.8% (+20%) and Ford at 8.6% (+36%). Yet this isn’t sufficient to reclaim the year-to-date top spot, still held by Toyota with 9.947 deliveries (+28%) above Hyundai at 9.828 (+41%) with VW rounding up the podium at 9.815 (+7%). Skoda (+26%), Kia (+25%), BMW (+30%), Renault (+56%) and Mercedes (+146%) also shine this month. In the models ranking, the Hyundai Tucson is back in charge – after leading both in January and February – with 510 sales and 4.9% share, cementing its year-to-date pole position at 4,823 units above the VW Golf at 3.329, also #2 in April. Notice the Kia Sportage up to #7, the Skoda Superb up to #9 and the Mercedes E-Class up to #14.

Previous month: Ireland March 2016: Nissan triumphs, places Qashqai on top

One year ago: Ireland April 2015: Dacia Sandero leaps up to 4th place

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Ireland March 2016: Nissan triumphs, places Qashqai on top

Nissan Qashqai Ireland March 2016. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukThe Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling nameplate in Ireland in March

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The Irish new car market continues all guns blazing this year with a further 13% gain in March to 21.521 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 82.834 units, up 28% on the same period a year ago. Nissan manages to beat the market at +29% to finish on top with 2.686 sales and 12.5% share, placing the Qashqai as the best-selling nameplate in the country this month. The Japanese manufacturer however remains 5th year-to-date below Toyota (+29%), Hyundai (+44%), Volkswagen (+8%) and Ford (+27%). Other great gainers this month include Skoda (+29%), Renault (+83%), Audi (+29%), BMW (+32%), Mazda (+43%), Mercedes (+37%), Suzuki (+188%) and Jaguar (+139%). Model-wise, the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia round up the podium while the Hyundai Tucson  drops to #4 but remains at a stunning first place year-to-date and by far: at 4.313 sales and 5.2% share it distances the VW Golf at #2 with 2.871 units and 3.5%.

Previous month: Ireland January-February 2016: Tucson leads, pushes Hyundai to #1

One year ago: Ireland March 2015: Nissan Note and Pulsar impress

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Car in the garage? Need to transfer your car insurance? Here’s what you need to know if you’re with Liberty Insurance

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Ireland January-February 2016: Tucson leads, pushes Hyundai to #1

Hyundai Tucson Ireland February 2016The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Ireland so far in 2016. 

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The Irish now firmly have their hand on the bi-annual licence plate change replicating the UK market and initiated a couple of years ago: January sales, now traditionally the strongest month of the year, are up 33% year-on-year to 39.745 units after 31% in January 2015 and 33% in January 2014. February sales do even better: up 36% to 21.568, lifting the year-to-date total to 61.313 registrations, up 34% on the same period a year ago and already accounting for 49% of the total sales figure reached over the Full Year 2015 (124.945). In other words, these first two months as well as July (the 2nd licence plate change) are the ones that really count in Ireland.

Thanks to sales up a whopping 72% year-on-year, Hyundai is starting the year all guns blazing, taking the lead of the market in January with 5.054 sales and 12.7% share ahead of Toyota at 12.2% (+25%) and Ford at 11% (+40%) whereas Volkswagen, market leader in 2015, is down to a paltry 4th place with 9.4% share (+16%). Dacia (+63%), Land Rover (+183%) and Jaguar (+102%) also post spectacular gains.

Renault Kadjar Ireland February 2016The Renault Kadjar ranks higher in Ireland (#11) than it does at home in France (#15). 

In February, Volkswagen reclaims the top spot with 11.7% share but once again underperforms the market at just +6%. It is followed by Toyota (+65%), Hyundai (+62%), Ford (+38%) and Nissan (+15%) wit Skoda (+50%), Opel (+51%), Kia (+60%) and Dacia (+70%) impressive also. Hyundai retains the year-to-date top spot for now with 11.7% share ahead of Toyota (11.3%), Ford (10.5%) and Volkswagen (10.2%).

The pole position of Hyundai this year so far in Ireland has a lot to do – 51% to be exact – with the outstanding and immediate success of the all-new Tucson, reaching levels its predecessor the ix35 would only have dreamt of. The Tucson is plain and simple the best-selling vehicle in Ireland, both in January with 2.477 sales and 6.2% share (vs. 1.606 and 4% for the #2, the Ford Focus) and in February with 1.141 sales and 5.3% share vs. 818 and 3.8% for the #2, the VW Golf. These are two very clear wins in two of the most important months of the year, which means the Tucson has already taken a very strong option on the FY2016 victory. This is a very significant shift in consumer behaviour in Ireland where no SUV has led the annual sales charts yet. Below the imposing 3.618 sales of the Tucson so far in 2016, we find the Focus (2.225), Golf (2.069), Octavia (1.949) and Corolla (1.835). The Renault Kadjar also makes a splash, ranking #13 in January and #12 in February for a #11 YTD spot, simply its best in the world (France: #

Previous post: Ireland Full Year 2015: VW Golf and Ford Focus in the lead

One year ago (Jan): Ireland January 2015: VW Golf holds onto #1 in market up 31%

One year ago (Feb): Ireland February 2015: VW Passat shoots up to 2nd place

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