The Year in Figures so far …




As we approach the start of the 152 registrations we take a look back at the year so far writes Geraldine Herbert


  • In the first five months of the year there was a 26% increase in new cars licensed in comparison with the same period last year
  • To the end of May this year, 80,892 new private cars have been licensed, up from 63,993 in 2014.
  • Sales are very likely to exceed 100,000 by the end of the year the first time since 2008.
  • Volkswagen maintained its position as Ireland’s favourite car manufacturer with a 12.59% market share ahead of Ford, Toyota, Hyundai and Nissan.
  • The most popular new car is the Volkswagen Golf followed by the Ford Focus, Nissan’s Qashqai, the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Octavia.
  • Electric cars are also up by almost 160% with 310 sold in the first five months of this year compared with only 120 in the same period last year.
  • When it comes to colour we are a conservative bunch. Black has replaced silver as the most common new car colour, followed by grey, white and blue.
  • Hatchbacks and saloons are the most common body types accounting for almost 60% of all new cars.
  • While diesel still takes the lion’s share of sales petrol’s share of the market grew slightly – from 25.1% in 2014 to 27.3% in 2015.


Geraldine Herbert

26th June, 2015


Author: Geraldine Herbert

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

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