Hyundai bounds into first place again as Tucson sales keep soaring
While sales of new cars are not as good as hoped in the new 162 period, some importers have done well out of it - Hyundai in particular, with Tucson sales storming ahead.
The Korean car maker has retaken the lead as the top importer, which it also held at the beginning of the year. Up to this weekend, Hyundai had sold 3,757 vehicles this month compared to 3,149 in the same period last year. This gave the company a 13.97pc market share against 11.41pc in 2015.
In second place was Ford with 2,998 (2,744 in 2015), then Toyota with 2,883 (2,858) and Nissan at 2,197 (2,652).
The year to date has Hyundai at 14,205 (10,907), 11.08pc of the market, compared to 9.8pc last year. Next comes Toyota with 13,690 (11,177), Volkswagen with 13,066 (12,851) and Ford with 13,025 (10,198). The top cars so far this year are the Hyundai Tucson with 6,802 sold, followed by the Ford Focus at 4,381, the Volkswagen Golf (4,295), Nissan Qashqai (4,125) and the Skoda Octavia (4,055). Rivals to the Tucson and Qashqai in the SUV/Crossover market doing well are the Kia Sportage, Toyota Rav4, Renault Kadjar and Ford Kuga. The Opel Astra, named European Car of the Year in March, is selling well, as is the Toyota Yaris.