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Ireland March 2016: Nissan triumphs, places Qashqai on top

Nissan Qashqai Ireland March 2016. Picture courtesy Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling nameplate in Ireland in March

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The Irish new car market continues all guns blazing this year with a further 13% gain in March to 21.521 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 82.834 units, up 28% on the same period a year ago. Nissan manages to beat the market at +29% to finish on top with 2.686 sales and 12.5% share, placing the Qashqai as the best-selling nameplate in the country this month. The Japanese manufacturer however remains 5th year-to-date below Toyota (+29%), Hyundai (+44%), Volkswagen (+8%) and Ford (+27%). Other great gainers this month include Skoda (+29%), Renault (+83%), Audi (+29%), BMW (+32%), Mazda (+43%), Mercedes (+37%), Suzuki (+188%) and Jaguar (+139%). Model-wise, the VW Golf and Skoda Octavia round up the podium while the Hyundai Tucson  drops to #4 but remains at a stunning first place year-to-date and by far: at 4.313 sales and 5.2% share it distances the VW Golf at #2 with 2.871 units and 3.5%.

Previous month: Ireland January-February 2016: Tucson leads, pushes Hyundai to #1

One year ago: Ireland March 2015: Nissan Note and Pulsar impress

Full March 2016 Top 30 All-brands and Top 209 All-models below.

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