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The Irish new car market is down a disappointing 8% year-on-year in May to 5.989 registrations, bringing the year-to-date tally down 10% to 89.787 units. Knocked down to #3 over the Full year 2016, Volkswagen reclaims the brand’s top spot this year despite sales down 16%. In May, the German manufacturer even sells double any other brand in market at 15.4% share, down just 1% on May 2016. It is followed by Hyundai (-6%), Toyota (-18%) and Skoda (-10%). Only three manufacturers in the Top 10 manage to gain ground year-on-year: Kia (+3%), Opel (+9%) and most strikingly Peugeot (+81%). Further down, Dacia (+24%), Fiat (+43%), Honda (+125%) and Seat (+178%) also impress.
Model-wise, Volkswagen justifies its domination by placing the Polo (+44%) and Golf (-30%) in the May lead. Like in 2016 though, the year-to-date best-seller is the Hyundai Tucson – despite sales down 30% on the same period in 2016, followed by the Nissan Qashqai (+0.1%) and the Skoda Octavia (-15%). The performer of the month is without contest the Peugeot 3008, up 9-fold on May 2016 thanks to the new model and landing in 4th place overall. The Dacia Sandero, up 62% to #8, BMW 5 Series up 23% to #10, Nissan Micra up 223% to #12 and Hyundai i30 up 93% to #14 also post strong scores this month. The most popular recent launch is the Skoda Kodiaq shooting up to #16.
One year ago: Ireland May 2016: Volkswagen and Golf reclaim top spots
Full May 2017 Top 33 All-brands and Top 202 All-models below.