Friday 15 December 2017

On your marques: The Top 10 best-selling models and makes in Ireland this year

The Volkswagen Golf is Ireland's best selling car this year
The Volkswagen Golf is Ireland's best selling car this year
Nissan Qashqai.
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The most popular car in the country is the Volkswagen Golf, new official figures reveal.

And the Ford Focus and Nissan Qashqai are also high on the list of purchases, the SIMI statistics show.

Nearly 5,000 Golfs (4,895) have been registered so far this year. That is a 19.2pc increase on the corresponding seven-month period in 2014.

Registrations of the evergreen Focus were up 11.5pc to 3,971 while the Qashqai racked up 3,763 for the first seven months (a (4.7pc increase).

Next up was the Skoda Octavia on 3,387 (+26.38pc) and Hyundai’s ix35 (3,210, +27.03).

Hot on their tails were the Toyota Corolla (3,206, +14.09pc) and the Ford Fiesta (3,191, +9.39pc).

And completing the Top 10 big sellers were the Volkswagen Passat saloon (2,787, +48.8pc), Toyota Yaris (2,515, +31.95pc) and KIA Sportage (2,363, +30.48pc)

The big carmaker names also made large gains in overall registrations, the figures show.

Top of the pile was Volkswagen who registered more new cars (13,543) than anyone.

Their registrations were up 24.74pc on the corresponding period for last year and means they hold a 12.29pc share of the market.

Toyota are in second place (11,741) after enjoying a 23.5pc leap in registrations.

Not far behind in third are Ford on 10,721 (up 20.46pc) with Hyundai (10,714 - an 38.91pc increase) breathing down their necks. Nissans (10,041, +52.65pc) are also selling in big numbers.

Also in the Top 10 are Skoda, in sixth, with 6,806 registrations (+15.24pc), Opel (6,544, +11.98pc), Renault (5,657, +24pc), KIA (4,923, +24.95pc) and Audi (4,404, +11.75pc).

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