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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

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

Full Year 2015 Top 38 All-brands and Top 270 All-models vs. Full 2014 figures below.

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