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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

Full September 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

Full July 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

Full July 2014 Top 50 models and Top 32 brands Ranking Tables below.

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

July 2nd, 2014 6 comments

Dacia Sandero Ireland June 2014Dacia Sandero

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Now that new licence plates are a bi-annual affair in Ireland like in the UK, June sales logically go South. Stable year-on-year but down 73% on May to 1,689 registrations. The year-to-date total is still way above 2013 though at 65,715 units, up 27%. Brand-wise, Volkswagen reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date off Toyota thanks to a 15.3% market share vs. 14.5%, with Ford (10.8%), Nissan (6.7%) and Skoda (6.2%) following. Dacia is up to a fantastic 6th place with a round 100 sales and a very impressive 5.9% market share, way above all French manufacturers: Peugeot is #10 at 3.7%, Renault #14 with 1.7% and Citroen #19 with 1%!

With a smaller market comes a much more volatile models ranking: the VW Polo and Golf dominate, enabling the Golf to hold onto its year-to-date leadership, the Toyota Corolla is very strong again at #3, but the big surprise is the Dacia Sandero up 17 ranks on May to record 4th place. Notice also the Toyota RAV4 at #12 vs. #24 year-to-date, the Peugeot 5008 at #17 vs. #82, the VW Up at #19 vs. #68 and the Ford Galaxy at #32 vs. #107.

Previous month: Ireland May 2014: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

One year ago: Ireland June 2013: Podium 100% VW in market 74% down

Full June 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Ireland May 2014: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

June 4th, 2014 7 comments

Toyota Corolla Ireland May 2014Toyota Corolla

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New car sales in Ireland are up 6% year-on-year in May to 6,291 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 64,031 units, still up a fantastic 24% on 2013. For the first time since BSCB follows the Irish market monthly (2010), the Toyota Corolla is the most popular vehicle in the country thanks in May thanks to 297 sales and 4.7% share. Irish car buyers have a history of choosing the Toyota Corolla as one of their preferred models: it ranked #1 exactly 10 years ago over the Full Year 2014, and is #4 so far in 2014.

Toyota RAV4 Ireland May 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frToyota RAV4

The Ford Fiesta also delivers a very strong month in Ireland, up to 2nd place with 283 sales and 4.5%, above the two leaders year-to-date: the VW Golf and Nissan Qashqai. Notice also the VW Polo up 23 spots on April to #6, the Toyota RAV4 up 5 to #10 vs. #25 year-to-date (this generation’s first time in the Irish Top 10), the Hyundai i10 up 6 to #11 vs. #42 so far in 2014, the Dacia Sandero at #21 vs. #51 year-to-date, the Honda Civic up 15 to #26 vs. #48, BMW 1 Series up 16 to #33 vs. #70 and the Peugeot 2008 up 6 to #37, now above the 208.

Previous month: Ireland March 2014: Toyota Corolla up to third place

One year ago: Ireland May 2013: Nissan Qashqai #1, two Dacias in Top 50

Full May 2014 Top 50 models and Top 32 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Ireland April 2014: Toyota Corolla up to third place

May 8th, 2014 2 comments

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

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New car sales in Ireland are up a very impressive 28% year-on-year in April to 7,863 registrations, meaning the year-to-date total is now up 27% to 57,777 units. In the models ranking, passed by the Nissan Qashqai last month, the VW Golf reclaims the pole position it holds year-to-date thanks to 358 sales and 4.6%, with the Qashqai down to #2 at 319 units and 4.1%. The Toyota Corolla for its part is up 7 spots to land in third place with 259 sales and 3.3% and now ranks #6 so far in 2014 vs. #20 over the Full Year 2013. Notice also the Renault Clio stable at #7 vs. #13 year-to-date, the Dacia Duster up to #13 vs. 20, Dacia Sandero up to #14 vs. #50, Toyota RAV4 up to #15 vs. #28 and Hyundai i10 up to #17 vs. #49.

Previous month: Ireland March 2014: Nissan Qashqai takes the lead

One year ago: Ireland April 2013: BMW 5 Series and Dacia Duster impress

Full April 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Ireland March 2014: Nissan Qashqai takes the lead

April 2nd, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Qashqai Ireland March 2014Nissan Qashqai

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The Irish new car market is up a whopping 34% year-on-year in March to 14,356 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 49,960 units, up an equally impressive 27% on 2013. Now that the new generation is well and truly established, the Nissan Qashqai kills the competition to take the lead of the Irish models ranking in March with 1,060 sales and 7.4% share vs. 738 and 5.1% for the VW Golf and 664 and 4.6% for the Ford Focus, and reshaping the year-to-date podium to be exactly like the FY2013 one (1. Golf 2. Qashqai 3. Focus). It is the first time since last May that the Qashqai tops the Irish sales charts. Other great performers this month in Ireland include the Renault Clio up 16 spots on February to #7, the Dacia Duster up 21 to #14, VW Tiguan up 13 to #17 and Opel Mokka up 15 to #23.

Previous month: Ireland February 2014: VW Passat and Nissan Micra shoot up

One year ago: Ireland March 2013: Dacia takes off, places Duster at #15!

Full March 2014 Top 50 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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Ireland February 2014: VW Passat and Nissan Micra shoot up

March 6th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Micra Ireland February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frNissan Micra

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The Irish new car market continues on its excellent run: up 20% year-on-year in February to 12,747 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 35,640 units, up 28% on 2013! The VW Golf remains the most popular vehicle in the country thanks to 610 sales for a 4.8% market share, adding up to 1,757 and 4.9% so far in 2014, and is followed this month by the Ford Focus at 521 units and 4.2%, enabling it to also grab the 2nd spot year-to-date at 1,382 sales and 3.9%. Thanks to the new model, the Nissan Qashqai is back up 8 spots on January to #3 and 3.8% share while the Skoda Octavia is up two to #4 and 3.7%.

VW Passat Ireland February 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frVW Passat

The two heroes of the months are the VW Passat up 17 ranks on last month to #5 with 409 units and 3.2% and the Nissan Micra up 36 spots to #7 with 375 sales and 2.9%. Notice also the Audi A4 up 23 to #19, the Nissan Note up 14 to #20 vs. #54 over the Full Year 2013 and the Seat Ibiza up 15 to #22. Brand-wise, after being passed by Toyota in January, Volkswagen reclaims the lead it held over the Full Year 2013 thanks to 1,628 sales and 12.8%, now also #1 year-to-date at 4,302 units and 12.1%. Nissan is up 3 spots to #4, only 10 units below Ford. Audi is up two to #8 and Dacia down two to #16.

Previous month: Ireland January 2014: Toyota Corolla up to #2 in market up 33%

One year ago: Ireland February 2013: Nissan Qashqai on top for 2nd time ever

Full February 2014 Top 50 models and Top 33 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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

February 4th, 2014 6 comments

Toyota Corolla Ireland January 2014. Picture courtesy of carzone.ieToyota Corolla

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The Irish new car market starts 2014 in the best possible way: up by a gigantic 33% year-on-year in January to 22,927 registrations. When we take into account the fact that January is traditionally by far the biggest month of the year in Ireland (it accounted for 1/4 of annual sales in 2013), we can safely say that 2014 is going to be a great year for new car sales in Ireland. Needless to say the brands and models that do well this month have taken a great step towards shining over the Full Year. Toyota takes the lead of the brands ranking thanks to 2,796 sales and 12.2% vs. 10.3% in 2013 while Volkswagen dives to 11.7% vs. 12.8% in 2013, Hyundai steps onto the podium with an excellent 2,320 units and 10.1% share vs. 7.9% while Dacia is up to #14 with 2.3% share vs. 1.7% over the Full Year 2013.

Hyundai ix35 Ireland January 2014The Hyundai ix35 is up to a splendid 4th place this month in Ireland.

If the VW Golf keeps the lead of the models ranking (as it did over the Full Year 2013), the star of the month is the Toyota Corolla, up to a fantastic 2nd place thanks to the new generation with 872 sales and 3.8%, taking a serious option on finishing the year on the podium, whereas it ranked ‘only’ #20 in 2013. The Ford Focus follows just below at 861 units while the Hyundai ix35 snaps up an incredible 4th place thanks to 772 sales and 3.4% share vs. #15 and 1.9% in 2013 and the Hyundai i30 is up to #7 with 643 units and 2.8% vs. #18 and 1.5% in 2013. Other great performers in Ireland this month include the Kia Sportage at #10 and 2.4%, the Dacia Duster at #19, Audi A3 at #23, Mercedes E-Class at #26, Renault Captur at #27, VW CC at #33 vs. #59 in 2013 and the Peugeot 2008 at #54.

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

One year ago: Ireland January 2013: BMW 5 Series, Skoda Rapid & Opel Mokka off to great start

Full January 2014 Top 60 models Ranking Table below.

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

January 3rd, 2014 4 comments

VW Golf Ireland 2013VW Golf

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In 2013 Ireland tried out a new bi-annual license plate system aligned with the UK, with mixed results: the market is down 7% on 2012 to 74,091 registrations. This year saw Volkswagen establish its domination of the Irish new car market. On one hand it is the #1 brand like in 2012 but from a mere 75 units last year, its advantage over #2 brand Toyota jumped to 1,843 sales in 2013. On the other hand, this may sound crazy but the VW Golf becomes the #1 best-seller in the country potentially for the first time since the nameplate was launched almost 40 years ago! My records date back to 1993 and do not feature the Golf in pole position over that period… This means the 7th generation of the model, only in its first full year of sales, could already be the most successful to date with 3,605 sales and 4.9 share.

Nissan Qashqai Ireland 2013Can the new generation push the Nissan Qashqai to pole position in 2014?

The Nissan Qashqai is up one further spot on a record-breaking 2012 result to reach an all-time high 2nd place even though its sales are down 11% to 2,944 and 4% share. Leader for the past two years and during 10 of the past 12 years, the Ford Focus is kicked down to third place in 2013 at 2,871 units and 3.9%, down 23% on 2012. Both the Ford Fiesta at #4 and Toyota Auris at #5 are up 12% and 4 spots on 2012, while the Opel Astra makes its return within the Top 10 best-sellers at #8 (+9) and the BMW 5 Series breaks into it for the first time at #10 (+5), even topping the charts in August and September!

Dacia Duster Ireland 2013. Picture courtesy of largus.frLaunched in January, the Dacia Duster peaked at #2 in October!

The other big event in Ireland this year is the launch of low-cost French-Romanian brand Dacia, 9 years after its reintroduction in Europe by Renault, met with great success: it sells 1,286 units for a 1.7% market share over the Full Year, ahead of Citroen, Honda, Volvo, Suzuki and Mini! The Duster even manages an incredible second spot in October, finishes the year at #28 while the Sandero ranks #60… Other great performers this year in Ireland include the Kia Sportage up 8 spots to #12, Hyundai i30 up 46% to #18, BMW 3 Series up 27% to #21, Toyota RAV4 up 172% to #36 and Hyundai Santa Fe up 152% to #37. Noticeable newcomers into the Top 100 include the Skoda Rapid at #39, Opel Mokka at #50 and Seat Toledo at a word-best #51.

Previous month: Ireland November 2013: Nissan Note #10 in dead market

One year ago: Ireland Full Year 2012: Ford Focus retains crown

Two years ago: Ireland Full Year 2011: Ford Focus reclaims pole position

December Top 10 and Full Year 2013 Top 100 models and Top 35 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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