The top ten best selling brands and top ten best selling models for new cars in Donegal for 2020 can be revealed.
Volkswagen was the top selling brand in the county last year, selling 304 units, up 31% on the 2019 figure.
In second spot came Toyota with 259 new units registered, while Kia was third on 238, Hyundai fourth on 188 and Skoda next on 155.
The top ten for sales in Donegal in 2019 was completed by Ford (121), Peugeot (111), Seat (95), Opel (93) and Nissan (82).
In terms of individual models, the Volkswagen Tiguan was the best selling in Donegal last year, with 103 cars sold. The Kia Sportage (89) pipped the Toyota Corolla (87) for second spot. Hyundai came in fourth and fifth with the Tuscon (74) and Kona (60) respectively.
They were followed by the Toyota C-HR (54), Toyota Yaris (53), Peugeot 3008 (52), Volkswagen T-Cross (49) and Volkswagen Polo (47).
New car sales in Co. Donegal fell by just under 10%, according to figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry.
Last year, new car registrations in the county totalled 2,101, down from 2,331 in 2019 (a drop of 9.87%).
But Donegal was by no means the county that fared the worst. Indeed, nationally, new car registrations for 2020 finished at 88,324, some 25% down on 2019 (117,109). And in Dublin, new cars sales were down by more than 34%.
Nationally, imported used cars saw 79,969 registrations in 2020, a decrease of 29.8% on 2019 (113,926).
A total of 4,013 new electric cars were registered in 2020 in comparison to 3,444 in 2019.
Other statistics of note show a changing market place in 2020. Diesel accounted for 43.29%, Petrol 36.91%, Hybrid 11.86%, Electric 4.54%, and Plug-In Hybrid 2.78%. Diesel remains the most popular engine type, while hybrid, electric and plug-in hybrid gained market share in 2020.
Manual transmissions (59.8%) continue to be more popular despite a decline in market share with automatic transmissions (40.09%) continuing to gain in popularity.
The hatchback remains Ireland’s top selling car body type of 2020.
Brian Cooke, SIMI Director General commented: “Like many other sectors, 2020 proved to be a very difficult year for the Irish Motor Industry. New car sales, already hampered in recent years due to Brexit, were down a further 25% due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and are now at recession levels.
“Looking to January, the key month for new car sales, the dramatic deterioration in the public health situation over the last few weeks and the implementation of Level 5 restrictions will make it another difficult period for the sector.
“Dealerships remain open for service, repair and testing, which are essential services, and the Industry will continue to play an important role in assisting emergency and essential services.
He added: “Car sales will operate on a click and collect service with retailers increasing investment in their digital platforms to facilitate customers. In the current challenged business environment, it is vital that the current restrictions succeed in driving down the incidence of COVID so business and society can return to some level of normality.”
New Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) registrations in 2020 saw a decrease nationally of 14.2% (21,732) compared to 2019 (25,336). New Heavy Commercial Vehicle registrations (HGV) saw a decrease of 22.3% (2,066) in comparison to 2019 (2,659).
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