Ireland April. Sales down 1% while Volkswagen recovers the second place

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Irish cars market improved in May a little 1.4%, partially reducing the year to date lost. Volkswagen consolidated the leadership while Volkswagen and Hyundai are fighting for the second place. The Nissan Qashqai was again the best seller.

Irish economy is expected to grow at a fast pace in the next two years driven by solid domestic demand and a more favorable external outlook. However, risks stemming from Brexit are still casting a shadow on the outlook and could have significant economic impact down the road if they materialize. FocusEconomics panelists expect GDP to grow 4.1% in 2018, which is up 0.2 percentage points from last month’s forecast. In 2019, the panel expects growth to slow to 3.2%.

Irish Automotive industry has scored a strong recovery since the 2014, both in the car and light commercial segments, ending the 2016 at best level out of the last 8 years. However, in the 2017 the market fell down again losing 10.4% with 131.336 car sold.

 Sales 2012Sales 2013Sales 2014Sales 2015Sales 2016Sales 2017Sales 2018 e
Car79.57474.39596.282125.161146.602131.336124.901
LCV10.79811.00716.63923.68923.08524.14723.028
Total90.37285.402112.921148.850169.687155.483147.929

 2012 Var2013 Var2014 Var2015 Var2016 Var2017 Var2018 var e
Car-11,7%-6,5%29,4%29,8%17,3%-10,4%-4,9%
LCV-4,4%1,9%51,0%38,9%0,0%4,9%-4,9%
Total-10,9%-5,5%32,2%31,1%14,6%-8,3%-4,9%

The market is expected to recover in the 2018 sustained by strong economic outlook. However, the start of the year was almost shy, with car passenger’s sales in January at 37.061 (-5.6%), in February at 17.064 (+0.1%), in March at 17.768 (-10.7%) and in April 8.099 (+3.3%) and in May 6.074 (+1.4%) with Year to Date figures at 86.066 (-4.1%).

At brand-wise, year to date the leader is Volkswagen with 9.364 sales (+3.4%) with 10.9% of market share.

In second place Toyota with 8.320 sales (-5.1%) followed by Hyundai with 8.224 (-3.5%).

In fourth place Ford with 7.780 (-7.3%) followed by Nissan with 6.739 (-12.1%), Skoda with 6.181 (+4.0%), Kia with 5.197 (+4.9%) and Renault with 4.857 (-18.5%).

At model wise, the best-seller was the Nissan Qashqai with 3.031 sales (-3.2%) ahead of the Hyundai Tucson with 2.911 (-18.3%) and the Volkswagen Golf with 2.581 (-6.3%).

To see the Irish best selling cars ranking for current and previous year, please refer to the report we dedicated.

Rank 2018Rank 2017BrandSales 2018Sales MayVariation 2018Variation MayShare 2018Share May
11Volkswagen9.3646813,4%-26,5%10,9%11,2%
22Toyota8.320735-5,1%64,1%9,7%12,1%
34Hyundai8.224506-3,5%12,2%9,6%8,3%
43Ford7.780465-7,3%30,6%9,0%7,7%
55Nissan6.739238-12,1%-24,2%7,8%3,9%
66Skoda6.1814614,0%7,7%7,2%7,6%
78Kia5.1973834,9%-6,4%6,0%6,3%
87Renault4.856270-18,5%-7,2%5,6%4,4%
913Peugeot3.63539053,8%26,6%4,2%6,4%
1010Audi3.363150-8,2%-38,3%3,9%2,5%
1111Mercedes3.263186-7,2%-11,0%3,8%3,1%
129Opel3.078405-31,2%24,6%3,6%6,7%
1312BMW2.830203-16,4%4,6%3,3%3,3%
1414Dacia2.55019415,7%11,5%3,0%3,2%
1515Seat2.4621789,3%-1,7%2,9%2,9%
1616Mazda1.54065-13,4%-46,3%1,8%1,1%
1717Volvo1.10897-7,3%-8,5%1,3%1,6%
1818Honda900599,2%-27,2%1,0%1,0%
1920Citroen80939-9,0%-13,3%0,9%0,6%
2021Land Rover76272-1,8%-18,2%0,9%1,2%
2119Suzuki75564-12,1%-39,6%0,9%1,1%
2223Mitsubishi472404,0%48,1%0,5%0,7%
2324Jaguar41752-12,4%73,3%0,5%0,9%
2322Fiat41758-7,9%9,4%0,5%1,0%
2425Mini332225,4%-12,0%0,4%0,4%
2526Lexus295123,1%-7,7%0,3%0,2%
2627Subaru1197
2732Tesla748
2829Alfa Romeo567
2931Jeep559
3030Porsche5310
3128SsangYong498
3233DS9
3334Bentley2

Rank 2018Rank 2017GroupSales 2018Sales MayVariation 2018Variation MayShare 2018Share May
11Volkswagen Group21.4251.4802,2%-17,0%24,9%24,4%
22Renault Nissan Alliance14.617742-10,2%-7,9%17,0%12,2%
33Hyundai-Kia13.421889-0,4%3,4%15,6%14,6%
44Toyota M.C.8.615747-4,9%62,0%10,0%12,3%
55Ford M.C.7.780465-7,3%30,6%9,0%7,7%
66P.S.A.7.531834-2,8%22,5%8,8%13,7%
78Mercedes Benz3.263186-7,2%-11,0%3,8%3,1%
87BMW3.162225-14,6%2,7%3,7%3,7%
99Mazda1.54065-13,4%-46,3%1,8%1,1%
1010Tata1.179124-5,8%5,1%1,4%2,0%

Rank 2018Rank 2017MODELSales 2018Sales MayVariation 2018Variation May
13Nissan Qashqai3.03165-3,2%-30,9%
21Hyundai Tucson2.91191-18,3%-50,0%
32Volkswagen Golf2.581140-6,3%-36,4%
45Ford Focus2.468119-5,6%58,7%
54Skoda Octavia2.437155-11,5%-2,5%
67Kia Sportage2.146108-0,9%-31,6%
78Toyota Yaris1.9721715,2%42,5%
810Volkswagen Tiguan1.96513425,6%25,2%
96Ford Fiesta1.916110-20,8%61,8%
1015Toyota C-HR1.74218429,5%130,0%
1121Nissan Micra1.5914952,8%-50,0%
1216Toyota Auris1.51014414,8%166,7%
1311Volkswagen Passat1.459136-8,3%-11,7%
1413Volkswagen Polo1.4541255,5%-48,3%
1524Ford Kuga1.4394226,2%13,5%
1636Peugeot 30081.352137212,2%-16,5%
1718Dacia Duster1.33710815,0%217,6%
189Toyota Corolla1.301106-38,4%32,5%
19Hyundai Kona1.28366
2019Renault Clio1.23165-5,5%-12,2%
2117Renault Captur1.194138-9,6%392,9%
2226Mercedes E Class1.160602,1%-15,5%
2312Renault Mégane1.15226-27,5%-69,8%
2423Hyundai i301.146923,8%5,7%
2520BMW 5 Series1.11773-4,1%-37,1%
2630Toyota RAV41.097864,1%34,4%
2727Dacia Sandero1.0477322,7%-42,1%
2818Skoda Superb98280-21,3%1,3%
2929Skoda Fabia96177-7,5%45,3%
3033Ford Mondeo86571-6,1%0,0%

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