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

May 6th, 2015 No comments

Dacia Sandero Ireland April 2015. Picture courtesy honestjohn.co.ukDacia Sandero

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Another very robust month for new car sales in Ireland, up 20% year-on-year to 9,466 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 73,996 units, up 28% on 2014. The Top 3 manufacturers in the country frankly outperform the market: Volkswagen leads the way with sales up 42%, followed by Nissan (+96%) and Hyundai (+47%). Toyota and Ford round up the Top 5 while Dacia (+76%) steps inside the Top 10 brands at #10. Notice also Mini up 5-fold on a year ago, Lexus up 86% and Porsche doubling its sales year-on-year.

Nissan Pulsar Ireland April 2015Nissan Pulsar

The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate in Ireland thanks to 442 sales and 4.7% share above the Nissan Qashqai at 4%, while the VW Passat gains a fantastic 108% on April 2014 to land on the third step of the podium with 335 sales and 3.5%. The Dacia Sandero does even better: up 150% year-on-year and 22 spots on March to #4, the Hyundai ix35 is also impressive at +63% to remain at #5, the Ford Mondeo is up 81% to crack the Top 10 at #10 and the Nissan Pulsar is up a further 6 spots to #11.

Previous month: Ireland March 2015: Nissan Note and Pulsar impress

One year ago: Ireland April 2014: Toyota Corolla up to third place

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Ireland March 2015: Nissan Note and Pulsar impress

April 11th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Note Ireland March 2015The Nissan Note is up to #12 in Ireland this month.

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Exceptional strength of the Irish new car market, up 32.5% year-on-year in March to 19,023 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 64,691 units, up 29% on the same period in 2014 which was itself up 27% on 2013. Ireland is on a roll indeed. The brands podium is unchanged on February with Volkswagen holding the top spot with 12.2% share, followed by Nissan (10.9%) and Ford (10.7%) but Toyota up 73% to 10.7% also and Hyundai up 67% to 10.1% are very close behind. Notice also Dacia up 68%, Citroen up 67% and Land Rover up 130%. The VW Golf remains the most popular nameplate in the country thanks to 848 sales and 4.5% above the Ford Focus at 4.3%, and if the Nissan Qashqai is down 30% on March 2014 to #3, the Nissan Note up 103% to #12, Pulsar new at #17 and Juke up 164% to #20 more than compensate for the Japanese manufacturer. The Toyota Corolla is up 114% to #4, VW Passat up 78% to #7, Toyota Yaris up 105% to #9 and Ford Mondeo up 205% to #16.

Previous month: Ireland February 2015: VW Passat shoots up to 2nd place

One year ago: Ireland March 2014: Nissan Qashqai takes the lead

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Ireland February 2015: VW Passat shoots up to 2nd place

March 4th, 2015 No comments

VW Passat Ireland February 2015VW Passat

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New car sales in Ireland are on a roll: up another 24% year-on-year in February to 15,839 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 45,727 units, up 28% on 2014. Bypassed by Toyota in January, Volkswagen reclaims the brands pole position both in February (up 46% to 15% share) and year-to-date (up 30% to 12.2%) while Toyota sinks to #5 this month. Nissan jumps 3 spots to 2nd place overall with a very strong 10.3% share, above Ford (9.3%) and Hyundai (8%). Notice also Citroen up 40%, Mitsubishi up 48%, Renault up 54%, Land Rover up 63%, Lexus up 76%, Mini up 109% and Dacia up 150%.

Ford Mondeo Ireland February 2015Ford Mondeo

In the models ranking, the VW Golf remains the most popular with 5.2% share thanks to sales up 36% year-on-year, and Volkswagen achieves a 1-2 in the sales charts this month with the Passat lifted 86% by the new generation to 2nd place with 762 sales and 4.8%. The Nissan Qashqai is up 4 spots on January to #3, the Skoda Octavia up two to #4 and the Nissan Micra up a gargantuan 39 ranks to a shiny 6th place. Further down, the Renault Clio is up 107% on February 2014 to #10, the Ford Mondeo up 134% to #12 and the Nissan Pulsar gains a further 3 spots on January to reach #17 with 242 sales and 1.5% share.

Previous month: Ireland January 2015: VW Golf holds onto #1 in market up 31%

One year ago: Ireland February 2014: VW Passat and Nissan Micra shoot up

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Ireland January 2015: VW Golf holds onto #1 in market up 31%

February 4th, 2015 No comments

Nissan Pulsar Ireland January 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Pulsar is inside the Irish Top 20 in January.

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Ireland is the most time-sensitive new car market in the world, with January – when new licence plates are issued – traditionally accounting for roughly 25% of all annual sales. It’s a critical month for any manufacturer that wants to make a mark in Ireland, and after gaining 33% in January 2014, the Irish market improves by a further 31% this year to 29,924 registrations. #2 in 2014, Toyota (+38%) takes a big step towards the 2015 #1 ranking by frankly outselling Volkswagen (+20%) with 3,865 units for a 12.9% market share vs. 3,219 and 10.8% for the German manufacturer, even threatened for 2nd place by Ford at 3,128 sales and 10.3%. Nissan is up a huge 91% in 5th place, Renault is up 61%, Mercedes up 45%, Citroen up 44% and Mini up 79%.

Hyundai i40 Ireland January 2015Ireland is one of the last countries in the world to buy the Hyundai i40 in large numbers.

In the models sales charts, the VW Golf (+35%) and Ford Focus (+44%) outsmart the market to take the Top 2 spots, with the Toyota Corolla (+18%) rounding out the podium. Outstanding result of the Hyundai ix35 inside the Top 5 this month thanks to 880 sales and 2.9% share and of the Nissan Pulsar already in the Top 20 during the biggest month of the year only months after its launch. Other big gainers in January in Ireland include – from top to bottom of the ranking – the Renault Clio (+74%), Hyundai i40 (+57%), Toyota RAV4 (+180%), VW Polo (+65%), Ford Mondeo (+114%), Renault Captur (+78%), Fluence (+59%), Hyundai Santa Fe (+2231%), Dacia Sandero (+89%), Hyundai i10 (+104%) and the Peugeot 2008 (+73%) now outselling the 208.

Previous post: Ireland Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Toyota Corolla up to #5

One year ago: Ireland January 2014: Toyota Corolla up to #2 in market up 33%

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Ireland Full Year 2014: VW Golf leads, Toyota Corolla up to #5

January 3rd, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla Ireland 2014. Picture courtesy of completecar.ieToyota Corolla

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2014 marks the second year for Ireland’s new bi-annual license plate system aligned with the UK, and also the first year it seems to frankly have had positive results on new car sales. The year started with a bang with January deliveries up 33% year-on-year, then February up 20%, March up 34% and July up 61% sealed the fate of 2014 which ends with a very impressive 30% surge to 96,338 registrations. Volkswagen confirms it is the favourite brand of Irish car buyers, holding the top spot for the third consecutive year thanks to 11,670 sales and 12.1% ahead of Toyota (10.7%), Ford, Hyundai and Nissan with the Top 7 best-selling manufacturers unchanged on 2013.

Dacia Sandero Ireland 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Dacia Sandero was #1 in Ireland in October, lifting Dacia to #2.

The biggest gainers this year in Ireland are Maserati (+500%), Ssangyong (+258%), Alfa Romeo (+125%), Porsche (+96%), Lexus and Chrysler (both at +92%), Renault (+47%) and Mercedes (+42%). But the most impressive progression goes to the French-Romanian low-cost brand Dacia, launched in 2013 in the country and up 110% to rank #13 overall with 2,695 sales and 2.8%. Most importantly, Dacia took advantage of slower months towards the end of the year to place the Duster in pole position in August and the Sandero at #1 in October, with the carmaker ranking #2 overall that month. This is an exceptionally fast acceptance of an all-new brand in the Irish market.

VW Golf Ireland 2014The VW Golf is the best-seller in Ireland for the 2nd year in a row.

In the models ranking, the Top 4 best-sellers are the same as in 2013, namely the VW Golf #1 for only the second year ever in Ireland thanks to 4,574 sales and 4.7%, the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta. Illustrating the fact that Ireland is one of the last European country to have a dear love for sedans, the Toyota Corolla is up 175% and 15 spots on 2013 to land in 5th place with 3.1% share thanks to the new generation. Compact SUVs are in vogue in Ireland as it is the case in most of Western Europe: the Hyundai ix35 is up 79% to #7, the Kia Sportage up 34% to #11, Dacia Duster up 74% to #16, Toyota RAV4 up 88% to #22, Renault Captur up 1219% to #24, VW Tiguan up 120% to #26, Opel Mokka up 128% to #33, Peugeot 2008 up 506% to #54 and the Honda CR-V is up 181% to #60.

Hyundai ix35 Ireland 2014Excellent year for the Hyundai ix35 in Ireland: up 79%

Notice also the Opel Insignia up 35% to #12, the Nissan Note up 166% to #28, Dacia Sandero up 162% to #36, Hyundai i10 up 170% to #39, Peugeot 308 up 111% to #49 and the BMW X5 up 631% to #84. The Mercedes GLA is the most successful all-new nameplate in 2014 in Ireland at #123 ahead of the Nissan Pulsar at #130, BMW 2 Series at #133 and Ford Ecosport at #144.

Previous month: Ireland November 2014: Nissan Pulsar inside Top 10

Previous year: Ireland Full Year 2013: VW Golf best-seller for the first time

Two years ago: Ireland Full Year 2012: Ford Focus retains crown

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Ireland November 2014: Nissan Pulsar inside Top 10

December 2nd, 2014 No comments

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Irish new car sales are in full winter mode with just 782 registrations in November as is traditionally the case in this market – most customers await the new year so their car as a 2015 license plate. November is up 11% year-on-year and brings the year-to-date total to 95,989 units, up 30% on 2013. Last month French-Romanian low-cost manufacturer astoundingly ranked #2 overall, also placing the Sandero atop the models ranking. In November Dacia still ranks at a very impressive 4th place with 6.9% share in a brands ranking dominated by Volkswagen (16.9%), Opel (14.6%) and Ford (9.5%) with the Dacia Duster at a beautiful #5 and the Sandero at #8. The Golf tops the models charts with an exceptional 11.6% market share, followed by the Opel Corsa (7%) and Ford Focus (5.5%) while the Opel Astra (#4), Mini (#15) and Hyundai Santa Fe (#19) also shine. The Nissan Pulsar scores the first Top 10 ranking of its reborn career at #9 with 2.3% share.

Previous month: Ireland October 2014: Dacia Sandero best-seller, Dacia #2!

One year ago: Ireland November 2013: Nissan Note #10 in dead market

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Ireland October 2014: Dacia Sandero best-seller, Dacia #2!

November 5th, 2014 No comments

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The Irish automotive market has well and truly entered its traditional winter sleep period, with just 2,045 new cars registered in October, a little more than half the September score but a very healthy 21% above October 2013. The year-to-date total now stands at 95,220 units, up a splendid 30% on 2013. Smaller market traditionally means higher volatility and this month is no exception in Ireland with an interesting milestone: after the Dacia Duster in August (another relatively slow month), the Dacia Sandero takes the lead of the models ranking, equal with the VW Golf. Granted, 107 sales were enough to achieve this feat but this is a testimony of how well the Renault-owned low-cost brand launched just 18 months ago has been accepted here. With the Duster back up up 24 spots on September to #5, Dacia is simply the 2nd most successful manufacturer in Ireland this month with a 9% market share and below just Volkswagen… Other highlights include the Opel Insignia climbing up to #3, the Renault Clio up to #4, Audi A4 up to #12 and Citroen DS3 up to #18.

Previous month: Ireland September 2014: Nissan Pulsar lands in Top 20

One year ago: Ireland October 2013: Opel Insignia and Dacia Duster on top!

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Ireland September 2014: Nissan Pulsar lands in Top 20

October 6th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Pulsar Ireland September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Pulsar

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We are now entering a time of year when the Irish traditionally stop buying new cars and wait until the new year to start again so they can get a shiny new 2015 licence plate. As such we have only 3,916 new registrations in Ireland in September, which is still a very robust 24% year-on-year improvement, in line with the 30% year-to-date progression over 2013 at 93,183 units. Even though the market shrunk compared to the past few months, the brands ranking is very stable with Volkswagen, Toyota and Ford in the lead like year-top-date, BMW up to a fantastic 9.7% share in 4th place, Mercedes at #12, Mini at #20 and Dacia selling more than both Peugeot and Citroen in 13th place.

The VW Golf reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 163 sales and 4.2% share, while the Ford Fiesta is back up 8 spots on August to a splendid 2nd place at 4% share, ahead of  its big sis the Ford Focus. Another outstanding month for the BMW 3 Series at #4 vs. #29 year-to-date, the 5 Series at #8 vs. #18, and while we are at BMW, the X1 shoots up to #45 vs. #114 year-to-date and both the 2 Series and 4 Series break into the Irish Top 50 for the first time at equal #46.

8 years after the Almera disappeared, the Pulsar is Nissan’s new compact hatchback and it lands directly in 18th place this month. Granted, it only took 55 sales to achieve this. The Nissan X-Trail also impresses at #24 vs. #104 thanks to the new model as does the Mini boosted up to #36 vs. #78 so far in 2014 by its third generation. Leader last month, the Dacia Duster is down to #29 but still ranks at a very satisfying #17 year-to-date.

Previous month: Ireland July 2014: Dacia Duster takes the lead!

One year ago: Ireland September 2013: BMW 5 Series #1 again, Seat Leon #3

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Ireland August 2014: Dacia Duster takes the lead!

September 1st, 2014 No comments

Dacia Duster Ireland August 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

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New car sales in Ireland are up a fantastic 32% year-on-year in August to 4,873 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 89,279 units, up an equally impressive 38% on 2013. Granted, it’s a slow month with only 1/4 of the sales level reached in July, but still the performance is exceptional: 18 months after the brand Dacia launched in Ireland, the Duster manages to take the lead of the models ranking in August with 212 sales and 4.4% share, making Ireland one of only a handful of countries to have crowned the Duster since the low-cost SUV launched in 2010. The Skoda Octavia is up 4 spots on July to #2 and the VW Golf is down 2 to #3 but remains in the lead year-to-date. Notice also the VW Jetta up 29 ranks to #5, the BMW 5 Series up 22 to #6, Hyundai i40 up 11 to #7 and the BMW 3 Series up 36 to #8. Finally, Tesla appears in the Irish ranking for the first time with 3 units sold this month.

Previous month: Ireland July 2014: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

One year ago: Ireland August 2013: BMW 5 Series leads, Dacia Duster up to #4

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Ireland July 2014: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

August 2nd, 2014 1 comment

VW Golf Ireland July 2014VW Golf

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It is now the 2nd year of bi-annual licence plate change in Ireland, modelled on the UK, and it looks like Irish consumers are fast getting into it: July 2014 is up a massive 61% on July 2013 at 18,776 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 84,478 units, up a beautiful 30% on 2013. Brand-wise, Volkswagen confirms its domination with a 12% market share while Ford overtakes Toyota to rank #2 at 11% vs. 10.3% with Toyota keeping the year-to-date #2 spot at 10.8% vs. 10.1%. Notice also Hyundai back up to #4 with a strong 9.2% share and Opel up to 7.4% in 5th place.

Hyundai ix35 Ireland July 2014The Hyundai ix35 is up to #6 in Ireland this month.

In the models ranking, the VW Golf is back to its traditional pole position thanks to 804 sales and 4.3%, ahead of the Ford Focus at 4.2% and the Nissan Qashqai at 4.1%. The Ford Fiesta and Toyota Corolla follow at #4 and #5 which are also their 2014 rankings. Excellent operation of the Hyundai ix35 in 6th position, the Renault Clio is back up 31 spots on June to #9, the Opel Astra back up 18 to #11, the Dacia Duster stable at #15 vs. #19 year-to-date, the Renault Captur up to #20 vs. #29, Opel Mokka up to #22 vs. #32 and the Hyundai Santa Fe up to #32 vs. #51.

Previous month: Ireland June 2014: VW Polo leads, Dacia Sandero up to #4

One year ago: Ireland July 2013: Ford Focus and Mondeo shine in new year change

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