A last-minute sales rise saw Toyota surpass Hyundai to become the best selling new car brand of last year in Ireland. It ended the year with 15,530 new car registrations, simply 81 ahead of its Korean competitor. Volkswagen ended the year in 3rd rank with 15,411, while Ford completed in 4th with 14,603.
In overall, the new car market in 2016 was 146,672, boost of 17.5 percent on 2015– the greatest sales total in 8 years. However, most of that development took place in the early part of the year.
The best selling design was the Hyundai Tucson, with 7,425 registrations throughout the year, ahead of the Volkswagen Golf with 5,011.
Regardless of leading for the majority of the year, the Korean brand was pipped to the total best-selling spot as Toyota recorded 258 new registrations in December, more than 50 percent of the whole new car registrations during the month. Provisional figures reveal this was mostly comprised of registrations of its brand-new C-HR crossover, so it is most likely these are going to be dealers demo designs.
In the premium sector, Audi was the best-selling brand name once again, with 6,066 registrations, ahead of BMW with 5,513 and Mercedes-Benz at 3,791.
Throughout the marketplace, the move to lower emissions cars– both by the market and purchasers– is shown in more than 78 percent of the new cars sold fall under the most affordable tax band, with emissions of less than 121 g/km.
And while diesel stays the fuel of option, representing 70 percent of sales, there was an increase in the amount of hybrids sold. Throughout all hybrid variations, the overall was 2,868, up from 1,616 in 2016. On the other hand the amount of electrical cars dropped from 466 in 2015 to 392 in 2016.
The significant mainstream brands ended the year much better than 2015, other than Citroen, down 23 percent– and Suzuki, down 9.5 percent. For the French brand the drop was mainly down to a significant shift in method while Suzuki was awaiting the arrival of brand-new models, now on forecourts for 2017.