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

Nissan Qashqai Ireland February 2013Nissan Qashqai

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New car sales in Ireland are down 8% year-on-year in February to 10,617 registrations, that’s better than the -19% from January but still not very encouraging for the rest of the year. Year-to-date the Irish market is down 15% on 2012 to 27,854 units. After ranking #3 over the Full Year 2012 and in January, the Nissan Qashqai brilliantly takes the lead of the Irish models ranking for the 2nd time after last March thanks to 676 sales and 6.4% share, a score that enables it to also rank #1 year-to-date at 1,335 units and 4.8%, just ahead of the VW Golf  (#2 in February) with 1,323 sales and 4.7%.

Skoda Rapid Ireland February 2013Skoda Rapid

The Renault Clio is up a whopping 42 spots on last month to land on the third step of the podium at 404 units and 3.8%. Leader in 2012 and in January, the Ford Focus is down 4 ranks to #5, while the Hyundai ix35 is up a further two to #10 and the Kia Sportage is stable at #13. Ireland is shaping up to be the second best-performing country in the world after the Czech Republic for the Skoda Rapid, up 18 spots to #16 with 176 sales and 1.7%. Notice also the Kia Cee’d up 15 to #17, Seat Leon up to #31 vs. #65 in 2012 and Seat Toledo up 6 to #44.

Previous month: Ireland January 2013: BMW 5 Series, Skoda Rapid and Opel Mokka off to a great start

One year ago: Ireland February 2012: Toyota Avensis ahead of Ford Focus

Full February 2013 Top 50 models and Top 30 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

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