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Accentuating a trend we saw in January, the Irish new car market is down by a painful 21% year-on-year in February to 17.083, pulling the year-to-date total down 9% to 56.054. The main explanation for this downwards spiral seems to be the unusual influx of used cars coming from the UK market following the British pound’s sharp decline after the Brexit vote. This month, Nissan is the best-selling manufacturer despite sales down 6%, distancing Volkswagen (-32%), Toyota (-18%), Hyundai (-30%) and Skoda (-6%). In fact, only Mercedes (+94%) and Audi (+0.2%) post a year-on-year gain inside the Top 10. Model-wise, the Nissan Qashqai (-7%), Skoda Octavia (-21%), Hyundai Tucson (-51%), Kia Sportage (-17%) and VW Golf (-41%) lead the way but all post declines, while the hero of the month is the Toyota C-HR up 19 spots on January to land at #6. Granted, the C-HR had already topped the Irish market in both November and December last year, but these are months with almost non-exostent sales in Ireland. This month’s 6th place is a better performance as a result.
Previous month: Ireland January 2017: Tucson leads, Mégane up, market down
Full February 2017 Top 30 All-brands and Top 215 All-models below.