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

VW Golf Ireland 2015. Picture courtesy irishtimes.comThe VW Golf is the best-seller in Ireland for the 3rd straight year.

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2015 is the third year of a new bi-annual license plate system aligned with the UK, and new car sales now definitely have got into the swing of things: up a fantastic 30% year-on-year to 124.945 registrations, with January (29.808) and July (27.594) now almost at the same level. The Top 5 best-selling brands remain unchanged on 2014 with Volkswagen (+32%) still master in command ahead of Toyota (+28%), Ford (+27%), Hyundai (+41%) and Nissan (+59%). Low-cost brand Dacia continues to impress: up another 40% for only its third year in market to hit 3% market share and 3.784 sales at #12. Notice also Land Rover up 46%, Mitsubishi up 47%, Porsche up 73% and Jeep up 571%.

Ford Mondeo Ireland 2015. Picture courtesy irishtimes.comThe new model boosts Ford Mondeo sales up 149%. Picture irishtimes.com

The VW Golf is the best-selling nameplate in the country for the third consecutive year, however its market share drops to 4.4% as its sales, although up 21% to 5.525, failed to keep up with the market. The Ford Focus gains one spot on 2014 to land in 2nd place at 4.248 units (+12%), knocking the Nissan Qashqai (+9%) down to #3. The Skoda Octavia (+37%), VW Passat (+61%) and Toyota Yaris (+38%) also shine inside the Top 10. Just outside, the Ford Mondeo surges 149% to #11 thanks to the new model, the Opel Corsa is up 49% to #15, the Nissan Pulsar posts one of its most solid scores in Europe for its first full year of sales at #18 and the Dacia Sandero more than doubles its sales to land at #22 just below the Duster.

VW Golf Sportsvan Ireland 2015. Picture courtesy irishtimes.comDelayed into 2015 for Ireland, the VW Golf Sportsvan is the most popular newcomer of 2015.

The VW Golf Sportsvan is the most popular all-new model in Ireland this year at #71, only nine units above the Citroen C4 Cactus – these two models both having their launches delayed into 2015 for Ireland compared to the majority of Europe.

Previous month: Ireland November 2015: Land Rover Discovery Sport tops market under 1.000 units

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

Two years ago: Ireland Full Year 2013: VW Golf best-seller for the first time

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Ireland November 2015: Discovery Sport tops market under 1.000 units

Land Rover Discovery Sport Ireland November 2015Land Rover Discovery Sport

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It is the time of the year when new car sales in Ireland are down to a soft whisper: namely 950 deliveries in the whole of November, up 21% year-on-year. This edges the year-to-date total to 124.605 units, still up by a spectacular 30% on 2014. The brands and, even more so, models ranking aren’t significant yet entertaining: Ford leads the pack with 12% share above Volkswagen down 17%, Skoda up 108%, BMW up 515%, Audi up 171% and Land Rover up… 2700%! That’s because the Land Rover Discovery Sport scores its very first country win in Ireland this month – even though only 46 sales were enough to achieve this feat. The Skoda Octavia, Ford Fiesta, Focus and Mondeo round up the Top 5.

Previous month: Ireland October 2015: BMW shoots up to 10% market share

One year ago: Ireland November 2014: Nissan Pulsar inside Top 10

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

BMW 7 Series Ireland October 2015The BMW 7 Series breaks into the Irish Top 50 in October.

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We are getting closer to the end of the year and with it the Irish new car market is fast falling asleep, awaiting the new license plates and model year in January. Deliveries are up 25% year-on-year to a discreet 2.561 units, lifting the year-to-date total to 123.658, up 30% on 2014. Volkswagen remains the most popular manufacturer in the country, even managing to grow faster than the market at +29% and 311 sales for a 12.1% market share. BMW is up a spectacular 325% on October 2014 to land in 2nd place overall with just under 10% share vs. 3.8% and #11 year-to-date. Opel (+45%) also shines in third place vs. #7 so far in 2015, while Ford (+49%), Kia (+66%), Mazda (+115%), Honda (+100%), Suzuki (+130%) and Mitsubishi (+105%) also post strong year-on-year gains.

Hyundai Tucson Ireland October 2015Hyundai Tucson

Model-wise, the VW Golf (-10%) is faithful to the pole position it holds year-to-date, followed by the VW Passat (+141%), Skoda Octavia (+40%), Opel Astra (+371%) and Insignia (+4%) with the Dacia Duster down four spots on September to a still impressive 6th place. BMW manages to place the 5 Series at #8, the 3 Series at #13, X1 at #17, 2 Series at #24 and 7 Series at #50. The Hyundai Tucson makes its very first appearance inside the Irish Top 50, landing directly at… #10 with 52 sales and 1.6% share, the 2nd best-selling SUV in the country below the Duster and tied with the Nissan Qashqai. An excellent start for the Korean nameplate. Finally, notice the Suzuki Vitara making its way up the ladder at #16 (+6).

Previous month: Ireland September 2015: Dacia Duster up to 2nd place

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

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Ireland September 2015: Dacia Duster up to 2nd place

Dacia Duster Ireland September 2015. Picture courtesy of largus.frDacia Duster

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The Irish new car market is up a very solid 22% year-on-year in September to 4.771 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 121.099 units, up 30% on 2014. Volkswagen (+46%) dominates the brands ranking above Ford, Nissan (both up 42%), Toyota (-10%), BMW (-18%) and Skoda (+42%). Dacia is up a spectacular 180% and Suzuki up 329%. In the models ranking, the VW Golf is faithful to the pole position it holds year-to-date with sales up 34%, and this month it is followed by the Dacia Duster up 4-fold on September 2014 to 168 sales and 3.5% while the Ford Mondeo round up the podium for the 2nd month running.

Previous month: Ireland August 2015: Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia shoot up

One year ago: Ireland September 2014: Nissan Pulsar lands in Top 20

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Ireland August 2015: Ford Mondeo and Opel Insignia shoot up

Ford Mondeo Ireland August 2015Ford Mondeo

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The Irish new car market continues on its break-neck growth: after gaining 47% last month, it is up a further 31% in August to 6.405 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 116.331 units, up an equally impressive 30% on the same period a year ago. Knocked down to 2nd place in July, Volkswagen reclaims the brand pole position it also holds year-to-date thanks to sales up 37% to 812 and 12.7% share, above Toyota up a gigantic 88% year-on-year and Nissan up 78%. Ford (+36%) and Skoda (+39%) complete the Top 5 all the while Opel (+106%), Citroen (+69%), Mazda (+49%) and Suzuki (+189%) take off.

Renault Kadjar Ireland August 2015The Renault Kadjar ranks #27 in Ireland this month.

Model-wise, the VW Golf (+74%) remains sovereign, followed by the Skoda Octavia (+49%) while the Ford Mondeo shoots up 14 spots on July and 10-fold on August 2014 to land on the third step of the podium with 254 sales and 4% share. Other great August performers include the Nissan Qashqai (+88%), VW Passat (+100%), Opel Insignia (+86%), Dacia Sandero (+226%), Toyota Auris (+121%) and Nissan Micra (+144%), with the entire Top 12 best-sellers outperforming the market… The Suzuki Vitara (#26) and Renault Kadjar (#27) break into the Irish Top 50 for the first time.

Previous month: Ireland July 2015: Hyundai leaps to #1 brand in market up 47%

One year ago: Ireland August 2014: Dacia Duster takes the lead!

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

Hyundai i20 Ireland July 2015Hyundai is the #1 brand in Ireland in July and places 4 models in the Top 15.

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Irish car buyers are getting a good hold of the new bi-annual license plate change modelled on the UK: for its third year, new car sales hit 27.633 units in July, up 47% on July 2014 which was itself up 61% on July 2013. In fact, 19 times as many cars were sold in Ireland in July than in June. This lifts the year-to-date total up 30% on 2014 to 109.960 units. Surprise in the brands pole position: Korean Hyundai almost doubles its deliveries year-on-year (+82%) to 3.154 for a 11.4% market share, edging past 2015 leader Volkswagen at 3.066 units and 11.1% (+35%), itself knocking June leader Toyota down to #3 at 2.860 sales and 10.3% (+48%). Ford (10%) and Nissan up 91% to 9.6% share round up the Top 5. Other great performers in the manufacturers ranking include Honda (+73%), Volvo (+75%), Lexus (+100%), Mitsubishi (+115%) and Suzuki (+167%). Over in the models charts it’s a very stable ranking indeed, with the VW Golf in pole position just above the Nissan Qashqai (+10), Ford Focus, Fiesta and Skoda Octavia. Hyundai places 4 models in the Top 15: the ix35 (+68% to #6), i30 (+124% to #12), i10 (+171% to #14) and i20 (+260% to #15).

Previous month: Ireland June 2015: Toyota Avensis tops market at standstill

One year ago: Ireland July 2014: VW Golf and Ford Focus on top

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Ireland June 2015: Toyota Avensis tops market at standstill

Toyota Avensis Ireland June 2015. Picture courtesy autoexpress.co.ukRunout mode pushes the Toyota Avensis to #1 in Ireland this month.

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With the new licence plates slated in for July, the Irish new car market logically slows down to an almost standstill in June at just 1.449 registrations, down 14% year-on-year and bringing the year-to-date total to 82.337 units, still up 25% on 2014 which was itself up 27% on 2013, so good times indeed in Ireland. Toyota (+7%) overtakes Volkswagen (-7%) to become the most popular manufacturer in the country this month but with such tiny volumes (261 sales vs. 241), this has no impact on the year-to-date ranking still led by VW at 10.425 sales and 12.7% vs. 8.866 and 10.8% for Toyota.

Citroen C4 Picasso Ireland June 2015Citroen C4 Picasso sales are up 3-fold year-on-year in Ireland in June.

All other manufacturers in the Top 10 fall heavily except Citroen up 159% to #10. Notice also Volvo up 26% and Land Rover up 31%. Similarly, the models ranking does not have much significance given the best-seller, a Toyota Avensis in full runout mode before the arrival of the new generation, only needs 60 sales to top the ranking. Other great performers include the VW Passat (+160%), Ford Mondeo (+133%), VW Tiguan (+94%), VW Jetta (+100%) and Citroen C4 Picasso (+189%) while the Nissan X-Trail lands at #20.

Previous month: Ireland May 2015: VW Passat and Toyota Avensis shoot up

One year ago: Ireland June 2014: VW Polo leads, Dacia Sandero up to #4

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