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.

Toyota C-HR review ireland
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.

Ford Fiesta review ireland
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.

2017 Volkswagen Golf review ireland
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

The new Audi e-tron will be a high profile arrival in Ireland in 2019

New Cars Coming In 2019

The new Audi e-tron will be a high profile arrival in Ireland in 2019
The new Audi e-tron will be a high profile arrival in Ireland in 2019

To help you with your new car purchase in 2019, we've put together a list of new cars that have arrived in Ireland just in time for the 191 registration in January and those that are on the way in 2019.

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo has just welcomed the new Stelvio Quadrifoglio to Ireland. The 510hp high performance SUV uses the same 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo petrol engine as the Giulia Quadrifoglio and is available from €118,795. There's also a new B-Tech trim (from €29,845) for the Giulietta hatchback slotting in above the Sport and Super trims with extra features including black exterior detailing.

Audi

The new Audi A6 and Q3 are fresh in dealerships this December. A new Audi A1 is expected to arrive in January. The new Audi e-tron SUV, Audi’s first fully electric model will be available to order from January with the first deliveries scheduled to take place in the spring. The 95kWh high voltage battery gives the e-tron the ability to cover 400 kilometres on one charge. Pricing for the e-tron, including a four-year service plan, starts from an on-the-road cost of €101,750. Audi Ireland will also unveil a limited-edition Audi Q5 in 2019. With a 2.0TDI 163 hp engine, it has more power than the standard Q5, quattro all wheel drive and S-tronic gearbox. It's priced from €52,950 OTR and is available to order now.

BMW

The new BMW X5 and 8 Series Coupe are in dealerships this December, with the 8 Series Convertible pencilled in for Q2 2019. In March, the new BMW 3 Series will arrive priced from €43,770 for the 318d SE model, and is available to order now. The new BMW Z4 is also expected in March, priced from €50,420 for the Z4 sDrive 20i Sport. The BMW i3 and i3s have new lithium-ion batteries so the range of both models has increased by almost 30 per cent to a maximum 260 kilometres.

The new BMW 3-Series will arrive in Ireland in March
The new BMW 3-Series will arrive in Ireland in March

Borgward

Stuttgart-based Borgward have partnered with IM Group to import cars to Ireland in 2019. The brand currently manufactures a range of premium SUVs. The brand's intention is to sell electric vehicles once production starts on the BXi5 and BXi7 all-electric SUVs. Production of right-hand drive variants is expected to start in early 2019 in anticipation of an Irish launch towards the end of 2019. Price, specification and line-up for Ireland will be announced closer to the time.

Citroën

The new Citroën C5 Aircross is the brand's new C-segment SUV challenger and is expected to arrive in Ireland in March with petrol and diesel engines. A plug-in hybrid version is expected by the end of 2019. A new Citroën Berlingo will go on sale early in 2019 also.

Cupra

The Cupra Ateca is the first model from SEAT's new performance brand. The high performance SUV will arrive in Ireland in January priced from €49,990.

The CUPRA Ateca is coming to Ireland!
The CUPRA Ateca is a high performance SUV from SEAT's new spin-off

Dacia

The new Dacia Duster is in showrooms now priced from €17,390. The Sandero and the Logan MCV have both been updated with new WLTP-compliant engines.

DS

DS will launch two new SUVs. A new DS3 Crossback and new DS7 Crossback are expected to arrive in Ireland in 2019.

Fiat

The Fiat 500X has been updated inside and out with new looks, technology and new turbo petrol engines for 2019. It goes on sale in Ireland priced from €21,795 and is available from January.

Ford

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary film starring Steve McQueen, the new Ford Mustang Bullitt special edition arrives just in time for the 191 registration priced from €73,000. It features Ford’s 5.0-litre V8 engine enhanced to deliver 464 PS and 529 Nm of torque and is offered with a choice of Shadow Black or classic Dark Highland Green. In February, the Mondeo HEV Estate arrives following last year's launch of the saloon hybrid. The Ford Focus Active will also arrive in Q1 of 2019 sporting a more robust, off-road appearance and raised ride height. It will be offered with the same 1.5-litre diesel and 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engines as the rest of the Focus range. The Ford Ranger Raptor will arrive in Ireland in March and is modeled on the US version of the F-150 Raptor. While not as extreme, it will use a bi-turbo version of Ford's TCDI diesel engine, with 213hp and 500Nm of torque. In 2019 we will also see the launch of a new Mustang-inspired, fully-electric performance car with targeted range of 300 miles. But this car won't arrive in Ireland until 2020.

The new Ford Focus Active crossover
The new Ford Focus Active crossover

Honda

In February a new CR-V Hybrid will join the CR-V 1.5-litre petrol that went on sale in the autumn. The new CR-V Hybrid will be priced from €38,000 including Government grants and VRT rebate. Honda's Urban EV electric city car concept is also to go into production in 2019 but we don't have any details yet if this model will reach Ireland.

Hyundai

The new Hyundai Kona Electric is available now priced from €36,995 with a range of up to 449km. There are also refreshed models of the i20 and Tucson available for the new 191 registration.

Jaguar

The new all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has an electric range of up to 480km and is priced from €81,585. We expect to see a facelifted Jaguar XE arrive in 2019.

Jeep

There is an updated Renegade on the way in 2019 with a refreshed interior and exterior styling as well as new 1.0-litre and 1.3-litre petrol engines. A new Jeep Wrangler will arrive in 2019 also.

Kia

The new Proceed goes on sale in January 2019 with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine. The new Kia Niro EV and Soul EV will be launched in June 2019 for 192 sales.

The new Kia Proceed will arrive in the spring of 2019
The new Kia Proceed will arrive in January

Land Rover

A new Range Rover Evoque will arrive in Ireland in late Q2 in time for 192 registrations.

Lexus

The new ES 300h arrives in January from €49,450. There's also a new RC 300H priced from €56,950. The new Lexus UX 200h compact crossover will arrive in Ireland in March priced from €39,500.

Mazda

A new generation of the Mazda3 is expected to arrive in Ireland in April. It will be offered as both a hatchback and saloon. Engines will include a 2.0-litre petrol, 1.8-litre diesel and a new petrol Skyactiv-X engine that Mazda claim delivers the fuel efficiency and torque of a diesel as well as significantly reduced CO2 emissions. An updated Mazda CX-5 will also arrive early in 2019. Later in the year there's a limited edition Mazda MX-5 with 184hp to celebrate the car's 30th anniversary.

There's a new generation of the Mazda3 expected in 2019
There's a new generation of the Mazda3 expected in 2019

Mercedes-Benz

In 2019 Mercedes-Benz is expecting eight new models and seven facelifted models. January will kick off with the facelifted C-Class saloon, estate, coupe and cabriolet. The new A-Class Saloon and B-Class will arrive before the end of March. Between April and June, a new CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLE with a 7-seat option will arrive. There will also be a facelifted V-Class and the arrival of the electric-powered EQC. The summer will see the arrival of a new GLS as well as a facelifted GLC Coupé and SUV models. Towards the end of the year we will see the new mid-size SUV called the GLB, which will also include a seven seat option.

MINI

In late 2019 we will see the arrival of the MINI Electric. There are now three new trims for MINI in Ireland to simplify the ordering process - Classic, Sport and Exclusive - with more standard specification.

Mitsubishi

A new Outlander PHEV has just arrived for 191 sales. There is also a new Outlander Black Line trim including sunroof, new black alloys and other styling elements. Prices start from €41,100. A new L200 will arrive in September 2019. Specifications, engines and pricing for Ireland will be announced mid-2019.

Nissan

For 2019 there will be a new 1.3-litre and 1.7-litre petrol engine for the Qashqai, a new 1.0-litre petrol engine for the Micra and a new 60kWh battery version of the Leaf for a longer range. A new Nissan Juke is expected in the middle of the year also.

Opel

The Opel Corsa GSi is available to order for 191 and is priced from €24,895. A Grandland X plug-in hybrid will launch in mid-2019. The next generation Vivaro will be produced in both commercial and passenger car variants and will launch in the summer. An all-new Corsa will launch in late 2019 and will be available as a five door only. An electric version will follow in 2020.

Peugeot

The new Peugeot Rifter, a replacement for the Partner Tepee MPV, is arriving now for 191 registrations. It will be available in two lengths with 5 or 7 seats. In the spring the new Peugeot 508 saloon will arrive, with a 508 SW (estate) arriving in Q2. Petrol and diesel engines will be available with a plug-in hybrid arriving later.

The new Peugeot 508
The new Peugeot 508 will arrive in Ireland in spring 2019

Renault

All models in the Renault Zoe range now get the Z.E. 40 long-range battery. Prices start at €24,990 for the Expression R90, with R-Link navigation and heat pump climate control as standard. Dynamique and Signature versions now feature a new R110 motor for faster acceleration. The Clio gets a new 0.9-litre TCe engine for 2019 with 75 or 90hp. The Renault Captur, facelifted in 2018, gets a new line-up of trim levels - Play, Iconic and GT Line - with 0.9 TCe 90 and 1.5 dCi 90 engines available. For 2019, the Renault Mégane’s 1.5 dCi diesel engine is upgraded to 115hp and Renault has also introduced a new 1.3 TCe 140hp petrol engine. These new engines are available across the Mégane range. Both the Kadjar and Scénic ranges will also feature the new 1.3 TCe petrol engine. Diesel versions of the Kadjar will feature the upgraded 1.5 dCi 115 engine, while the Scénic will feature a brand new 1.7 dCi engine. Updated versions of the Koleos SUV will be announced in early 2019.

SEAT

The big news at SEAT is the arrival of the new Tarraco in February 2019. It will be available as a five or seven seat SUV with petrol and diesel engines available.

ŠKODA

The Kodiaq RS arrives in Ireland just in time for the 191 registration. The new performance SUV goes on sale priced from €62,295. The new ŠKODA Scala will replace the Rapid when it arrives in June.  It will come with a range of petrol TSI engines (95hp to 150hp) and also a 1.6TDI 115hp version. The Superb will get a facelift in late 2019 and there will be the option of a plug-in hybrid for the first time. There is also a small crossover expected to arrive in October that will also be available as a plug-in hybrid.

The new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS
The new ŠKODA Kodiaq RS has arrived in Ireland in time for January registrations

SsangYong

There's a new Korando on the way in 2019 with an electric version planned also.

Subaru

No new models have been confirmed at this time.

Suzuki

A facelifted Vitara will arrive in Ireland in February. It will have the 1.0-litre turbo petrol engine from the S Cross and a 1.4 turbo petrol engine.

Tesla

Right hand drive production of the Tesla Model 3 is expected to begin in 2019 so watch this space.

Toyota

Toyota is launching a new generation of hybrids in 2019. The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hatchback Hybrid are arriving in January. The new Corolla Saloon and Touring Sports will arrive in February. The Camry Hybrid is pencilled in for an April arrival. A facelifted Prius will also arrive in February.

Toyota Camry Returning To Ireland In 2019
The Toyota Camry will return to Ireland in 2019 after 14 years

Volkswagen

This month a new Volkswagen e-Golf Executive Edition arrives in showrooms. This model aims to appeal to a more business-minded customer and has leather upholstery, sports comfort seats, 17” ‘Madrid’ alloy wheels, LED rear lights, keyless access, heated front seats, a rear view camera and Active Info Display. The Executive Edition costs €39,495 after grants. In April, the Volkswagen T-Cross will arrive. It's the smallest SUV in the Volkswagen range, slotting in below the T-ROC. There will be a choice of two petrol engines initially, both 1.0-litre TSI units putting out either 95hp or 115hp. There will most likely be a 1.6-litre TDI 95hp available too. Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but we expect it to come in at a price not too far from an entry-level Golf. A generation of the Volkswagen Golf is expected to be announced before the end of 2019, but in the meantime expect to see small numbers of a GTI TCR (TCR stands for Touring Car Racing) here early in 2019. The car will feature around 290hp. No word on price yet but expect it to cost about €48,000. A facelifted Passat will arrive in June.

Volvo

A new S60 saloon will arrive in April with a T5 petrol powertrain. The T4 petrol, T8 Twin Engine Hybrid and T6 Twin Engine hybrid will all follow for 192. Pricing is yet to be announced. A revised XC90 will arrive in the summer with the D5 engine and T8 Twin engine. The T6 Twin engine plug-in hybrid powertrain will be rolled out on S60, V60 and V90 in 2019 also. Towards the end of 2019 we will see an XC40 with a T5t engine.

The new Volvo S60
The new Volvo S60 is coming to Ireland in April

According to Cartell we are spending more on new cars in Ireland than ever before

Average Value Of New Car In Ireland Over €30,000

According to Cartell we are spending more on new cars in Ireland than ever before
According to Cartell we are spending more on new cars in Ireland than ever before

According to Cartell.ie, the buyer of a new car in Ireland is now purchasing a vehicle worth more than €30,000 on average.

Cartell calculated the total value of new vehicles purchased in Ireland between the years 2006 and 2018 based on the recommended Open Market Selling Price (OMSP) for each vehicle. The total value for each year was divided by the number of new vehicles sold that year to establish the average value per buyer.

Over the years, the average value of a new vehicle purchased in Ireland has fluctuated with the fortunes of the economy. In 2007 at the height of the boom the average value of a vehicle purchased was €28,106. This figure dropped to €24,758 in 2011 and has since increased steadily every year as the economy has improved. In 2016 the average value of a new vehicle was already back to boom time levels at €28,385, while in 2017 the value was up 4% to €29,481.

For the first 6 months of 2018 the average value has hit €30,130. This shows the average Irish buyer is now buying a vehicle worth €30,000 for the first time since Cartell started recording these statistics.

Why has the average value been increasing?

Cartell has considered several possible reasons for the increase in the average value of a private vehicle purchased in Ireland over the last few years.

  • Consumers may be opting for more expensive vehicles, or more expensive vehicle types like SUVs and Crossover vehicles, or MPV
  • Buyer has more cash to spend or more available lines of credit. Financial products such as Personal Contract Plans (PCPs) came to prominence in Ireland during the recession as manufacturers sought a means to provide direct lines of credit to potential buyers
  • Buyers may want larger cars. The country had a recorded population of 4.23 million in Census 2006 which increased to 4.76 million in Census 2016. This increase may have weighed on buyer decisions, for instance, buyers with younger children may need additional space
  • Vehicles are more expensive to manufacture, to comply with NCAP safety ratings, for example, this increases the cost of manufacture: the consumer now often expects certain higher specification items as standard too – larger wheels, alloys, on-board technology, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features – which all increase the manufacture cost
  • Increased consumer demand for hybrid vehicles (where technology is more expensive to implement) could be making an impact, along with changes in buyer habits to more environmentally friendly vehicles, and guided generally by the move to city-clean air policies.
  • Vehicles in the current generation often weigh more than for previous generations to accommodate additional safety systems

John Byrne, Legal and Public Relations Manager, Cartell.ie said:

“The buyer of a new vehicle is getting more features than ever before, more technology, more safety, for example. The buyer has also shown an appetite for other features which manufacturers are increasingly rolling out as standard such as alloy wheels and electric windows. Combined, these features increase manufacturing costs and push average values upwards. The buyer may also be opting for more expensive cars owing to more readily available lines of credit or simply because buyers are keen to buy a larger car when fuel economy and motor taxation figures have dropped so significantly across the board.

Buyers have different buying habits: some will enter the market with an open mind and opt for the best available deal within their budget; while others will be keen to opt for the same manufacturer or the same model.

Remember this study is considering average values of new private vehicles based on the Open Market Selling Price: we are not looking at the price actually paid by the buyer: the actual deals struck between the buyer and the seller will vary widely to account for discounts, sales events, and trade-in values for example.”


Toyota C-HR

New Car Registrations In Ireland In May 2018

Toyota C-HR
The Toyota C-HR was Ireland's bestselling car in May 2018

Official statistics released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) show that total new car registrations for the month of May in Ireland were up slightly by 1.47% (6,080) when compared to May 2017 (5,992).

Registrations year to date remain 4.32% down on the same period last year (85,933 vs 89,815).

Ireland's bestselling car in May was the Toyota C-HR.

The bestselling car brands so far in 2018 are 1. Volkswagen 2. Toyota 3. Hyundai 4. Ford and 5.Nissan.

The bestselling models so far in 2018 are 1. Nissan Qashqai 2. Hyundai Tucson 3. Volkswagen Golf 4. Ford Focus and 5. Skoda Octavia.

New Light Commercial Vehicle registrations (LCV) were up 12.5% (1,644) on May 2017 (1,461) and year to date are up 5.9% (15,943).

New Heavy Commercial Vehicles (HGV) have declined 4.2% for the month of May (228) compared to the same month last year (238) and are down 7.7% (1,385) year to date.

Imported Used Cars have shown an increase of 18.35% for the month of May 2018 (8,979) when compared to May 2017 (7,587), while year to date they are 13% (43,738) ahead of 2017 (38,698).

“Commenting on the figures, Alan Nolan, SIMI Director General, said: "The volume of used imports is clearly the dominant feature and is continuing to impact negatively on the new car market. The slight increase in new car registrations for the month of May is not an indication of improvement, rather a case of altered timing in hire drive registrations with 470 more registered in May this year while the overall total for the year to date is actually 13 cars behind 2017. In line with earlier predictions Electric Vehicle (EV) sales have increased from 370 in 2017 to 512 this year. The number of Imported Used Electric Vehicles also increased from 165 to 280 this year. We would expect to see registrations of new EVs increase further as more new models come to market. The market share based on fuel type for the year to Date up to the end of May was: Diesel 55.6%, Petrol 37.9%, Hybrid 5.4%, Plug-in Hybrid 0.5%, Electric Vehicle 0.6%.

As we move into June the Industry is now focused on preparations for the start of the second peak sales period on 1st of July. In such a competitive market new car offers across all of the brands are very strong at the moment and the various advertising campaigns are in full swing. The advice to consumers, as always, is to shop around to find that deal that best suits their own specific needs.”


New car CO2 emissions rise in europe

New Car CO2 Emissions Rise In Europe

Average CO2 emissions generated by new cars in Europe increased during 2017 for the first time in ten years, according to JATO Dynamics.

The analysis covered 23 European markets and found that average CO2 emissions increased by 0.3g/km in 2017 – finishing at 118.1g/km.

This rise in average CO2 emissions correlates with a decrease in demand for diesel cars across Europe – which produce lower CO2 emissions than petrol cars – and the rising popularity of SUVs, which emit higher average CO2 emissions.

Data for 2017 shows that diesel cars registered in the market had a CO2 emissions average of 117.9g/km, compared to petrol cars, which had an average of 123.4g/km – a difference of 5.5g/km.

Likewise, the average power output of a diesel engine registered in the EU was found to be 142HP, with 117.9g/km CO2 emitted.

The average power output of a petrol engine registered in the EU was found to be 123HP, with 123.4g/km emitted.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

With increased negative public perception towards diesels, combined with increased government regulation and scrutiny of the fuel type, the volume of diesel cars registered fell by 7.9% to 6.77 million units in 2017.

In turn, diesel cars accounted for just 43.8% of total registrations in 2017, which is 11.1 percentage points lower than their peak, seen in 2011, and the fuel type’s lowest market share since 2003, when diesels accounted for 43.4% of total registrations.

Whilst demand for diesel cars declined in 2017, registrations of petrol cars increased by 10.9% – the highest level since 2003. This meant the market share of petrol vehicles grew by 3 percentage points from 47% to 50% between 2016 and 2017.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

Alternative-Fuelled-Vehicles only experienced a small increase in volume. Despite the declining popularity of diesels, they increased their market share from 3% in 2016 to 5% in 2017.

Battery-Electric-Vehicles (BEVs) experienced meagre growth too. This could be due to consumer scepticism when it comes to the battery ranges of BEVs and the number of charging points available on the road network at present. In comparison, the market share of hybrid vehicles increased by one percentage point.

Demand for SUVs continued to rise in 2017 – but despite the introduction of smaller SUVs to the market and the adoption of hybrid solutions, which helped reduce the segments average CO2 emissions from 134.9g/km in 2016 to 133.0g/km in 2017, SUVs contributed to the overall increase of average CO2 emissions in Europe. This was because they emitted far higher average CO2 emissions than the new car average of 118.1g/km in 2017.

The correlation between the decline in demand for diesel cars and the increase in CO2 emissions was most evident in Europe’s largest markets. Diesel demand fell by double-digits in Germany and the UK, and in France and Spain it fell by 5.4% and 8.1% respectively. As a result, average CO2 emissions increased in all of these car markets.

New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe
New car CO2 emissions rise in Europe

At a brand level, Peugeot, which led the ranking in 2016, fell to second place after its emissions average increased by 2.7g/km to 104.5g/km in 2017. This was mainly due to its increased presence in the SUV segment, in particular with the Peugeot 3008, which experienced a high volume of registrations.

Toyota became Europe’s cleanest car brand amongst the top 20 best-selling brands, with its emissions average decreasing by 2.7 g/km to 101.2g/km. This can be attributed to increased demand for its hybrid vehicle models, which represented half of all registrations for the brand, with petrol (42%) and diesel (7.5%) cars making up the rest of its registrations.


Hyundai Tucson ireland's bestselling car

The 10 Bestselling Cars In Ireland In 2017

While the new car market in Ireland shrunk by 10% in 2017 compared to 2016, you are still buying new cars in your droves with 131,356 new cars registered in 2017.

Which cars captured Irish hearts in 2017? Take a look at my countdown here:

10. Volkswagen Tiguan

2,480 registrations

A fine sample of a compact SUV. I had the pleasure to review the Volkswagen Tiguan 2.0TDI again in 2017.

Volkswagen Tiguan Ireland review
The Volkswagen Tiguan

9. Toyota Corolla

2,790 registrations

The Toyota Corolla is a no-nonsense saloon car and a perennial Irish favourite. I reviewed a diesel Toyota Corolla in 2017 and it wasn't hard to see why Irish buyers love this value for money family car.

2017 Toyota Corolla Ireland Review
The Toyota Corolla

8. Toyota Yaris

2,881 registrations

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.

2017 Toyota Yaris review ireland
The Toyota Yaris

7. Kia Sportage

3,066 registrations

The Kia Sportage is one of the most visible SUVs on our roads and has become a firm Irish favourite. I'm a big fan of the Kia Sportage and I had the opportunity to test one in 2016.

Kia Sportage Ireland Review
The Kia Sportage

6. Ford Fiesta

3,217 registrations

The Ford Fiesta is over 40 years old but it's got a charm that's always endeared it to the Irish public. A new model arrived in July 2017 so it's a good time to check out one of Ireland's favourite small cars.

2017 Ford Fiesta
The 2017 Ford Fiesta has arrived in Ireland

5. Ford Focus

3,850 registrations

Another perennial Irish favourite, the Ford Focus might be looking a little old now but it's still the best handling hatchback around.

Ford Focus Review
The Ford Focus

4. Skoda Octavia

3,980 registrations

A small refresh for the Skoda Octavia in 2017 but still a great value car.

2017 Skoda Octavia review ireland
The Skoda Octavia

3. Nissan Qashqai

4,196 registrations

Once upon a time the Nissan Qashqai was Ireland's bestselling car. It's lost it's crown somewhat but remains a very popular Irish family car. In 2017 I reviewed a refreshed Nissan Qashqai.

Nissan Qashqai
The Nissan Qashqai

2. Volkswagen Golf

4,321 registrations

The Volkswagen Golf is a consistent topseller in Ireland and received a refresh in 2017.

2017 Volkswagen Golf review ireland
The Volkswagen Golf

1. Hyundai Tucson

4,908 registrations

The Hyundai Tucson reigns supreme for another year. There is no stopping the Tuscon as it charges ahead with a considerable margin.

Hyundai Tucson ireland's bestselling car
The Hyundai Tucson is still Ireland's bestselling car, outselling the Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Qashqai

toyota yaris new car sales ireland

New Car Sales June 2016: What’s Ireland Buying?

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The Toyota Yaris was the top selling car in Ireland in June

Today, 1st July, marks the first day of the new 162 registration plate, but figures for the first six months of the year show that new car registrations have already topped 100,000 in 2016, a 23% increase on the same period in 2015 (101,338 vs. 82,337).

The month of June saw an increase of 12% (1,626) in new car registrations compared to June 2015 (1,448).

Volkswagen is Ireland’s bestselling car brand so far this year, ahead of Toyota and Hyundai.

The Toyota Yaris was the bestselling car in June 2016 but the Hyundai Tucson still holds onto its crown of Ireland’s bestselling car to date in 2016 ahead of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus.

The top selling colour for the month of June is black, while grey is the most popular colour for the year to date.

Commercial vehicle sales maintained growth in June 2016. Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations reached 18,417, up 26% overall in 2016 compared to the same period last year, and are up 9% (867) on June 2015 (799). Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) registrations, have witnessed a decline of -29% for the month of June 2016 (112) when compared to the same month last year (157), however registrations are up 42% year to date.

Commenting on the figures, SIMI Director General Alan Nolan said, “At the start of the year we predicted that this year’s registration numbers should reach 150,000 for the first time since 2008 and these figurers keep us on track to deliver that. From today of course the focus turns to the 162 registration period. This year promises to be the first normal year of registrations since the recession and with the range of attractive offers available across all brands we are confident that 162 will also deliver in the coming months.”

Caroline Kidd


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There's A Motor Show About To Break Cover

The last few weeks have been relatively quiet in terms of new cars “breaking cover” (as the manufacturer’s so love to call those sneaky shots of new cars).

To be honest I’ve missed the barrage of new cars and buzzwords landing in my inbox. It’s my fuel for blog ideas, the stuff that keeps me thinking and writing about new cars and the motor industry.Read more


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5 Great Ideas From The Geneva Motor Show 2015

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The Geneva Motor Show is an interesting mix of new cars that haven’t reached our roads yet, and out of this world concept cars. We’ve chosen five great ideas the carmakers brought to the show this year.  Read more


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Fiat 500 Ron Arad Is A Piece of Art… But Would You Drive It?

Artistic Fiat 500 Ron Arad goes on sale in a limited run

Pity the poor Fiat 500. Its diminutive little body is prime real estate for brands to display their wares. It’s been adorned with designer clobber from Gucci, wrapped in bubblegum pink by Barbie and “denimified” by Diesel in the seven years since it’s been reborn, among others.

But things were looking up for the Fiat 500 when an actual artist turned up with his paintbrush to modify the 500 in his own unique way.  Read more