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Ireland June 2020: VW monopolises podium in market down -28.4%

The VW Polo is #1 in a traditionally weak June in Ireland.

New car sales in Ireland post their best hold since February at -28.4% year-on-year in June to 1.009 units after collapsing -64% in March, -96.1% in April and -72.4% in May. This leads to a First Half volume down -34.5% to 52.887. Volkswagen (+40.2%) completely bucks the negative trend to shoot up to 24.2% share vs. 11.8% so far in 2020, while premium stablemate Audi (+200%) does even better and leaps up 8 spots on May to #3 and 7.4% share vs. #10 and 4% YTD. Hyundai (-51.8%) manages to slide in between at #2 despite a ghastly drop. Renault (+7.5%) also sports a year-on-year uptick in the remainder of the Top 10 where BMW (-8.3%) and Ford (-21.2%) resist. Volvo (+185.7%), Jaguar (+133.3%), Lexus (+100%), Mercedes (+46.7%), Seat (+6.7%) and Dacia (+5.9%) also stand out with gains further down.

Volkswagen improves on last month when it scored a 1-2 (Tiguan/Golf), this time monopolising the podium with the Polo (+350%), Golf (+20.7%) and Tiguan (stable). This doesn’t have any impact on the YTD ranking however as June volumes are traditionally tiny due to the impending license plate change in July. This way the Toyota Corolla (-75%) down to #9 this month still tops the YTD charts above the Hyundai Tucson (-53.3%) down to #5 in June. The Audi A6 (+750%), VW T-Cross (+433.3%), Ford Focus (+15%) and Skoda Kodiaq (+5.6%) also shine in the Top 15.

Previous month: Ireland May 2020: Volkswagen places Tiguan and Golf atop market down -72.3%

One year ago: Ireland June 2019: Opel Astra leads, Hyundai up 248.9% in third straight market lift (+12.6%)

Full June 2020 Top 30 All-brands and Top 230 All-models below.

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