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It is now time for the Irish new car market to slow down to an almost standstill as the year-end approaches, awaiting the new 2019 license plates. Add to this the aftermath of the August pre-WLTP rush and we have October sales down 10.9% to just 1.732 units, leading to a year-to-date volume down 4.4% to 124.818. Even though the carmaker drops almost three times as fast as the market, Volkswagen (-29%) reclaims the brands top spot it holds YTD, ahead of Skoda (-16%) at 8.2% vs. #6 and 7.3% YTD. Nissan (+6%) climbs onto the podium above BMW (+70%), the biggest gainer in the Top 10 above Hyundai (+44%) and Peugeot (+12%) whereas Kia (-43%), Ford (-22%) and Audi (-16%) struggle. Further down, Suzuki (+114%), Mitsubishi (+83%), Honda (+25%) and Mini (+17%) stand out. The Nissan Qashqai (+26%) gallops up five spots on September to return to the pole position it holds YTD, distancing the Hyundai Tucson (+52%) while the VW Tiguan (-10%) makes the podium 100% SUV. The Peugeot 5008 (+117%), Skoda Superb (+62%), Audi A4 (+59%) and Peugeot 3008 (+20%) sign the largest year-on-year gains in the Top 10. The Skoda Karoq (#17) leads all recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the VW T-Roc (#19), Hyundai Kona (#32) and Volvo XC40 (#45).
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