Saturday 20 January 2018

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Philip Hedderman with the BMW Z4 at Malahide Marina.
Photo Garrett White
02/11/09 Philip Hedderman with the BMW Z4 at Malahide Marina. Photo Garrett White

Philip Hedderman

Thankfully the tide has turned. The Irish car industry is emerging from what can only be described as a nuclear winter with the virtual collapse of new car sales since 2008.

Judging by January's figures alone, insiders predict a bumper year ahead with sales up by 34pc.

Stats released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that 29,948 cars were registered and, more importantly, light commercial vehicles were up some 60pc to 5,051 units (versus 22,893 cars and 3,149 vans for January 2014).

In the combined new vehicle market for January 2015, Ford sold the highest number of vehicles with a tally of 4,515 units (3,128 cars and 1,387 vans) ahead of Toyota with a combined total of 4,282 and VW's combined total of 4,166.

"Of course, we are delighted that Ford was the top-selling vehicle in the combined car and van market, but what is particularly heartening is the continued growth in the van sector and what that says about the economic recovery in Ireland.

"When company owners are confident enough to renew their van fleets, that points to ongoing economic growth for the country as a whole," said Ford Ireland chief Ciaran McMahon.

The VW Golf is the best selling model followed by Ford Focus and the Toyota Corolla, with fourth and fifth slot going to the Fiesta and Hyundai iX35 respectively.

So are you in the market for a new car and if so, what is the best make and model to suit your needs and what should you be looking at?

Well, look no further as the top experts in all things automotive have been summoned to give you the low down on starter cars, family chariots, downsizing and even the creme de la creme of second hand jalopies.

Consumer champion Sinead Ryan is also here to guide us through the minefield that is car finance and PCPs (Personal Contract Plan)and she's even shaved a few quid off insurance cover.

We've got all the models arriving just in time for the 152 plate including the RHD Mustang, Volvo XC90 and a comprehensive price guide.

Happy motoring and be safe.

Irish Independent

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