The 10 Bestselling Cars In Ireland In 2018

While the new car market in Ireland shrunk by 4.4% in 2018 compared to 2017, 125,557 new cars were still registered in 2018.

Which cars captured Irish hearts in 2018? Take a look at my countdown here:

10. Toyota C-HR

2,505 registrations

A new entry into the top ten bestselling cars in Ireland in 2018. The Toyota C-HR is available with a 1.2-litre petrol engine or as a hybrid and was one of the brand's most exciting new releases in recent years. Here's my review from 2017 of the Toyota C-HR 1.2 petrol, soon after it first launched here.

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The Toyota C-HR

9. Ford Fiesta

2,724 registrations

The Ford Fiesta is a perennial Irish favourite and an all-new model arrived in Ireland towards the end of 2017. Here's my review of the feisty 1.0-litre EcoBoost Ford Fiesta from 2018.

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The Ford Fiesta

8. Toyota Yaris

2,855 registrations

No change in position for the Yaris. It finishes again in 8th place in the top ten bestselling cars of 2018. In 2017 Toyota launched a revised Yaris range and I managed to get my hands on a Toyota Yaris Hybrid for review. The Yaris is a straightforward supermini with a lot of fans.

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The Toyota Yaris

7. Kia Sportage

2,875 registrations

The Kia Sportage finishes 2018 in joint place with the Tiguan. It is one of the most visible SUVs on our roads and has become a firm Irish favourite. The Sportage received an update for the 2019 model year. Here's my latest review of the Kia Sportage.

The 2019 Kia Sportage
The Kia Sportage

6. Volkswagen Tiguan

2,875 registrations

The Volkswagen Tiguan moved up the sales chart in 2018 becoming one of Ireland's most popular SUVs. Here's my review of the 2.0-litre TDI Volkswagen Tiguan from 2017.

Volkswagen Tiguan Ireland review
The Volkswagen Tiguan

5. SKODA Octavia

3,357 registrations

The SKODA Octavia received a small refresh in 2017 and its value offering keeps it consistently one of Ireland's bestselling cars. Here's my review of the 2.0-litre TDI SKODA Octavia from 2017.

Skoda Octavia
The Skoda Octavia

4. Volkswagen Golf

3,760 registrations

The Volkswagen Golf received a refresh in 2017 and has continued to sell well in 2018. There's a new Mark 8 on the horizon, which we should see before the end of the year. In 2017, I reviewed the exceptionally good Volkswagen Golf 1.0-litre TSI.

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The Volkswagen Golf

3. Ford Focus

3,777 registrations

An all-new Ford Focus arrived in Ireland in summer 2018, helping the Focus to secure a third place finish in Ireland's top ten bestselling cars of the year. Here's my review of the new Ford Focus 1.0-litre EcoBoost.

The new Ford Focus
The new Ford Focus

2. Nissan Qashqai

4,004 registrations

The Nissan Qashqai tussled with the Hyundai Tucson all year for the title of Ireland's bestselling car. It finished second but it doesn't matter - Irish buyers just love the Qashqai and a sparkling 1.2-litre petrol engine helped keep the Qashqai popular in 2018 as petrol cars began to gain popularity again. The Qashqai received an update in late 2017. Here's my review of the Nissan Qashqai 1.2 petrol.

Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai

1. Hyundai Tucson

4,026 registrations

The Hyundai Tucson reigns supreme for another year. As we enter 2019, updated versions of the Tucson are in dealers now.

The Hyundai Tucson
The Hyundai Tucson is still Ireland's bestselling car, outselling the Ford Focus and Nissan Qashqai

Record low for road fatalities in Ireland in 2018

2018 Another Record Low For Road Fatalities

Record low for road fatalities in Ireland in 2018
In 2018 fatalities on Irish roads were at their lowest since records began in 1959.

Ireland continued to improve its road safety performance in 2018 with a 4% drop in road deaths compared to 2017, according to figures published by the Road Safety Authority (RSA).

149 people lost their lives on Ireland’s roads as a result of 142 fatal crashes in 2018, compared to 156 lives lost in 141 fatal crashes in 2017. This represents 7 fewer fatalities or a 4% drop in deaths.

These figures confirm that 2018 was the safest year on Irish roads since records began in 1959.

Commenting on the country’s road safety performance, Mr. Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport said; “Although the figures are marginally improved, they are not good enough. Speed continues to kill (130,000 drivers were detected committing speeding offences in 2018). Drink driving persists and unaccompanied learner drivers continue to break the law. Reckless road users cannot be allowed to ruin the lives of innocent others and their families. In 2019 the crusade to improve road safety and save lives will accelerate.”

Ms Liz O’Donnell, Chairperson of the RSA said, “2018 saw the introduction of very important road safety legislation. If motorists comply with these new provisions it will translate into lives saved and injuries prevented. Garda Roads Policing numbers increased in 2018, and there is a commitment from An Garda Síochána to further increase numbers in 2019 to meet original targets.  This will mean that those who don’t comply with these new provisions and other road traffic laws can expect to be detected and face the consequences of their actions.”

Ms. O’Donnell also called for funding to be provided to An Garda Síochána to enable the national roll out of new smartphone and in-vehicle technology, commonly referred to as the Garda Mobility Project, which allows individual gardai check the licence and insurance status of drivers at the roadside. "This technology facilitates the identification of a range of offences at the road side, in particular disqualified drivers, unaccompanied learner drivers and those driving uninsured. The introduction of this mobile technology will revolutionise road traffic policing and needs to be given the highest priority in 2019.”

Ms. Moyagh Murdock, Chief Executive, RSA said “While one death is one too many the reduction in road deaths in 2018 is welcome. However, while deaths did drop, the number of actual fatal collisions was one more than last year. So the real difference between 2018 and 2017 is that in 2018 there were fewer fatal crashes that resulted in multiple fatalities. Of serious concern though is the number of pedestrian deaths that occurred in 2018. There was a 32% increase in pedestrian casualties (41) compared to 2017 (31). Closer examination of 2018 pedestrian casualties reveals that 54% (22) of deaths were of those aged 55 years or older. Pedestrian safety, particularly the safety of older persons, will therefore be a key priority for the RSA in 2019.”

Concluding Ms. Murdock said, “Whilst the behaviour of the majority of road users has changed positively there are still other areas that remain a concern.  These include the high failure rate for NCT, the large number of unaccompanied learner drivers taking to our roads, as well as distracted and impaired driving and in particular drug driving.  We urge all road users to reflect on their behaviours and their responsibilities as road users."

2018 Nissan Qashqai

Nissan Qashqai Is Ireland's Bestselling Car So Far In 2018

2018 Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai is Ireland's bestselling car!

The Nissan Qashqai was Ireland’s bestselling car for the first six months of 2018 with 3,045 sales registered. It was also the bestselling car in its segment.

The Nisan Qashqai has been very popular in Ireland since its launch back in 2007 with over 50,000 units sold here.

According to Nissan Ireland, it's the choice of petrol engines that is available across the Qashqai range that is driving demand for the car. There has been a 63% year-on-year increase in new Qashqai petrol car sales, as the trend of drivers switching back to petrol continues.

The Nissan Qashqai was updated in 2017. You can read my review of the Qashqai 1.2-litre Petrol here.

Peugeot is Ireland's fastest growing car brand in Ireland in 2018

Peugeot Is Ireland's Fastest Growing Car Brand In 2018

Peugeot is Ireland's fastest growing car brand in Ireland in 2018
Peugeot's new SUV range. Photo courtesy of Shane Adams, Dealer Principal, Adams of Glin.

Peugeot recorded the strongest growth in the Irish new car market at +53% for the first six months of 2018.

Sales have been driven this year by the Peugeot 3008 SUV, Irish Car of the Year 2018, and the new Peugeot 5008 7-seat SUV.

The strong car sales growth has placed Peugeot within the top 10 of bestselling car brands in Ireland, delivering a 4.2% overall market share in the new car market.

Des Cannon, Managing Director at Gowan Distributors, Peugeot Importers in Ireland, said: “Despite a slight contract in the new car market, I am delighted to report our growth of 53% in the first six months of the year. Our excellent SUV line-up, together with our five year warranty and attractive low-cost finance options across the range, has most certainly attracted conquest sales.”

He continued: “The all-important July 182-registration period is now upon us and our customer orders across the Peugeot Dealer Network are extremely healthy. We look forward now to continued growth in the second half of the year and beyond, thanks to the pending arrival of the new Rifter mini-MPV and the radical new 508 in late 2018.”

Toyota Auris Hybrid

Toyota Starts 2018 As Ireland's Bestselling Car Brand

Toyota has kicked off 2018 as the best-selling car brand in Ireland according to statistics released today from the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI). Toyota Ireland is attributing this sales success to significant demand for its hybrid range.

In January 2018, Toyota secured a 11.83% market share, garnered through the sale of 4,393 passenger vehicles, 48% of which were hybrid.

Hybrid accounted for 49% of sales of the Toyota Yaris and RAV4, 71% of sales of the Auris and 77% of sales of the new C-HR SUV.

Toyota Ireland’s Chief Executive Steve Tormey said,“We’re delighted with the strong start to 2018, particularly with how well our hybrid range has performed, which is ahead of our powertrain mix predictions. With close to 50% hybrid mix of our total passenger car sales, it’s very clear that hybrid is the best technology in the market today to meet customers’ needs for more environmentally friendly and better driving experiences. With diesel now accounting for only 21% of our car sales, it’s clear Toyota customers are ahead of the market in their move out of diesel and into hybrid.”

Looking at the overall sales mix Ireland in January, hybrid accounted for 6.26% of the entire car market, which represents a 73% year on year increase. Diesel sales have fallen by 17% year on year.

Caroline Kidd

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé

Nine New Mercedes-Benz Models To Arrive in 2018

Mercedes-Benz Ireland is planning another active year in 2018 with nine new models set to arrive in the course of the year.

The 2018 S-Class Coupé and S-Class Cabriolet have significant enhancements in terms of appearance, specifications and technology and will arrive in February/March.

The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback will arrive in the second half of 2018, followed by a Saloon before the end of the year.

Other 2018 arrivals will be a new Mercedes-Benz CLS, scheduled for July, and four facelift versions of the current C-Class with Coupé and Cabriolet coming in July followed by a Saloon and Estate in August.