New car registrations were up 33 per cent (19,046) last month compared to (14,297) March 2015, according to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) last week.
New car registrations for the first three months of the year are currently up 30 per cent on the same period last year. Light Commercial Vehicles (LCV) were up 54 per cent (2,846) on March 2014 (1,852) and are up 59 per cent in the first quarter compared to 2014.
Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) are marginally up this month 5.5 per cent (241) compared with March 2014 (236) but remain down 15 per cent year to date.
As has become the norm most months Ford, Toyota and Volkswagen issue their press releases with their best success slant on the latest figures.
Ford top-selling brand in Ireland’s car and van market
This month Ford again go with being the top-selling brand in Ireland’s car and van market – this time for March. Ford achieved a 13.1 per cent share (2,911units) of the overall market during the month, followed by Volkswagen with 12.2 per cent or 2,692 units and Toyota with 10.0 per cent or 2,218 units.
Total car and light commercial vehicle sales for the month broke down as follows: 19,046 cars (up 33.2 per cent on the March 2014 figure of 14,297) and 3,095 light CVs (up 48.2 per cent on the March 2014 figure of 2,088).
Retaining its position as Ireland’s favourite van brand, Ford’s Transit range again dominated the van sales charts. Year-on-year, the company more than doubled its sales tally in the van segment – going from 434 units in March 2014 to 876 units in March of this year.