Ten things to know about new car sales so far this year

For the third month in succession car sales are down writes Geraldine Herbert


  1. To the end of March this year, 75,967 new private cars have been licensed, down from  93,205 in the same time last year.
  2. Toyota maintained its position as Ireland’s favourite car manufacturer with a 9.87% market share ahead of Ford, Volkswagen, Hyundai and Nissan.
  3. The most popular new car is the Hyundai Tucson followed by the Nissan Qashqai, Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf
  4. Used Car imports are on the rise and 23,800 cars were imported in the first three months of year compared with just over 15,000 for the same period last year
  5. Despite the popularity of SUVs/Crossovers hatchbacks, MPVs and saloons are the most common body types accounting for almost 80% of all new cars.
  6. While diesel still takes the lion’s share of sales petrol’s share of the market grew slightly – from 27.66% in 2016 to 29.59% in 2017
  7. Electric cars on the increase and 299 have been sold so far this year.
  8. When it comes to colour we are a conservative bunch. Grey is the most common new car colour, followed by Black, White, Blue and Red.
  9. Hybrid cars are also up over 60% with 2,363 sold in the first three months of this year compared with 1,470 in the same period last year.
  10. 74% of all new cars sold are in the lowest A band for CO2 emissions.


Geraldine Herbert

4th April, 2017



Author: Geraldine Herbert

Contributing Editor and Motoring Columnist for the Sunday Independent and editor of wheelsforwomen. Geraldine is also a regular contributor to Good Housekeeping (UK) and to RTÉ Radio One, Newstalk, TodayFM and BBC Radio. You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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