Tuesday 28 March 2017

Sports car sales zoom as economy roars

Volkswagen was the best-selling carmaker in Ireland in 2015 Photo: PA
Volkswagen was the best-selling carmaker in Ireland in 2015 Photo: PA
Adrian Weckler

Adrian Weckler

Sports cars were the fastest growing car segment in Ireland last year, according to new industry figures.

Statistics from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (Simi) show that sports car sales rose 52pc last year, higher than any other category of passenger vehicles registered here.

They include a 77pc rise in new Porsches, a 50pc rise in Maseratis and a 523pc rise in models such as Audi's TT.

The figures, which come on top of a general 30pc rise in new car registrations here last year, provide a snapshot of an economy that appears to be roaring back to life.

'Prestige' 4X4s such as Range Rovers were the next biggest risers with 48pc more registrations in 2015 than in 2014, the figures show. In all, 4,369 high-end jeeps and SUVs were driven off new car forecourts here last year.

Audi (5,223 vehicles) topped German rivals BMW (4,830) and Mercedes (2,630) among new registrations recorded last year.

Volkswagen remained the best-selling carmaker in Ireland, as buyers ignored the emissions scandal that engulfed the German manufacturer in 2015.

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