Volkswagen was the top selling car brand in the first five months of this year according to the latest statistics from the Society of Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) with Toyota in second place and Hyundai in third.
The top selling car was the Hyundai Tuscon followed by the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford Focus .
These were among the many interesting figures released by SIMI. The organisation’s report shows that new car registrations for the month of May were down -6% compared to May 2015 while new car sales are up 23% on the same period last year.
Looking at the regional picture, a total of 496 new cars were sold in Longford in the first five months of this year, an increase of 15.08% on the 431 sold in the same period last year. Around the region, Roscommon seen the largest percentage year-on-year increase with a jump of 39% - from 727 in 2015 to 1008 in 2016.
Leitrim’s new car sales jumped from 382 to 436, an increase of 14% while Westmeath’s increased from 1313 to 1523, an increase of 16%. Finally in this region, Cavan saw their car sales jump from 915 to 1098, an increase of 20%.
Registrations have reached almost 100,000 in the first 5 months of this year which is the highest recorded sales for this time frame in the past 7 years. The increased growth in registrations, for commercial vehicles, in the month of May and year to date also demonstrates that business confidence remain strong.