Saturday 1 October 2016

Revealed: Ireland's best selling car of 2016

Published 01/06/2016 | 15:16

Hyundai Tuscan
Hyundai Tuscan

THE Hyundai Tucson is Ireland’s best selling car so far this year, new figures reveal.

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With all eyes now turning to the 162-reg from July 1, the latest SIMI statistics on new-car sales show the Hyundai crossover/SUV heads the table, beating some big-name competitors by quite a distance.

The figures show 5,069 Tucsons were registered in the first five months of the year. They were followed by Volkswagen Golf registrations of 3,623 with the Ford Focus on 3,289. Others in the Top 10 were the Skoda Octavia, Nissan Qashqai, Toyota Corolla, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Yaris, Volkswagen Passat saloon and Toyota Auris.

Registrations last month were down 5.59pc but are still running 23.3pc ahead of the first five months of 2015.

Total registrations for the year-to-date total 99,740, the SIMI figures show.

The fall in May (down to 6,532 from 6,919 last year) reflects how the two registration periods are shaping people’s buying patterns with large numbers holding off to buy a 162-reg plate from the beginning of next month.

Volkswagen (10,742) returned to the top of the registrations table, followed by Toyota, Hyundai, Ford, Nissan, Skoda, Renault, Opel, Kia and Audi.

Few cars are expected to be bought this month as buyers wait for the new reg period - only 1,448 were registered in June 2015.

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