The Ford Escort was #1 in Ireland in 1974
20/08/2019 update: Now with information for 1983 and 1985 (2 new articles).
18/07/2019 update: Now with an annual All-brands ranking from 1990 to 2000 (7 new articles).
The direct links to 29 Historical Data articles are below.
Thanks to British Leyland Chronicles I am now able to share with you the best-selling models in Ireland in 1974, nearly 20 years prior to the previous oldest data for Ireland which was 1993. At the time the Ford Escort was the best-seller… The Ford Fiesta then led in 1983, 1985 and 1996, the Opel Astra was king of Ireland in 1993 and 1994 before the Fiat Punto took control from 1998 to 2000.
The Ford Focus was #1 in Ireland 10 times between 2001 and 2012
The Ford Focus then started a decade-long domination, topping the Irish models ranking from 2001 to 2012, only interrupted twice: by the Toyota Corolla in 2004 and the Renault Megane in 2010. Then the VW Golf took the lead for the very first time in 2013, stayed on top for three years before being overthrown by the Hyundai Tucson from 2016 onwards, the very first Korean model to top Irish sales.
Ireland Historical Data:
Ireland 1974: Ford Escort and Cortina lead, 3 Fiats in Top 7
Ireland 1983: Ford Fiesta and Toyota Corolla on top
Ireland 1985: Ford Fiesta #1, Toyota places 3 models in Top 5
Ireland 1990: Toyota best-seller ahead of Ford and Opel
Ireland 1991: Nissan (+2.1%) survives in market down -16.6%
Ireland 1992: Ford (+3.5%) advances past Toyota (-5%)
Ireland 1993: Toyota back on top, Opel Astra best-seller
Ireland 1994: Ford and Opel top market up 25.3%
Ireland 1995: Ford remains #1, Fiat up 31.7% in market up 8.1%
Ireland 1996: Opel and Ford Fiesta take the lead
Ireland 1997: Ford and VW in charge in market up 18.7%
Ireland 1998: Fiat Punto dominates, Toyota #1 brand
Ireland 1999: Ford back to #1, Fiat Punto best-seller again
Ireland 2000: Fiat Punto 3peats at #1, Daewoo in Top 10
Ireland 2001-2003: Focus, Almera and Corolla on top
Ireland 2004: Toyota Corolla interrupts Ford Focus reign
Ireland 2005-2006: Ford Focus reclaims #1 spot
Ireland 2007: Focus, Avensis & Corolla on podium
Ireland 2008: Focus, Corolla & Mondeo dominate
Ireland 2009: Focus #1 in market down 64%
Ireland 2010: Renault Megane best-seller, ahead of Golf and Focus
Ireland 2011: Ford Focus reclaims pole position
Ireland 2012: Ford Focus retains crown
Ireland 2013: VW Golf best-seller for the first time
Ireland 2014: VW Golf leads, Toyota Corolla up to #5
Ireland 2015: VW Golf and Ford Focus in the lead
Ireland 2016: Hyundai Tucson signs historical win
Ireland 2017: Volkswagen back to #1, Hyundai Tucson repeats
Ireland 2018: Hyundai Tucson snaps last minute third crown in a row