Irish Autos Sales fell down 10.4% in 2017 with consumer confidence hit by EC focus on reducing the fiscal impact of internet company based in the country and government is negotiating for BREXIT effects. While losing 10% Volkswagen was market leader.
Ireland experienced several tumultuous weeks ahead of crucial Brexit negotiations in the first half of December. Prime Minister Leo Varadkar’s minority government narrowly avoided a collapse after the deputy prime minister resigned on 28 November, averting a no-confidence vote in parliament that would have likely triggered snap elections before the end of the year. The minister’s decision to step down was aimed at upholding a stable government with a firm stance on contentious Brexit issues, just as talks were entering a decisive stage.
The Automotive industry has scored a strong recovery since the 2014, both in car and light commercial segments, ending the 2016 at best level out of the last 8 years. However, in the 2017 the market fell down again losing 10.4% with 131.336 car sold.
At brand-wise, the market leader was Volkswagen selling 13.830 cars (-10.3%) ahead of Toyota with 12.684 (-18.3%), Ford with 12.243 (-16.2%) and Hyundai with 11.917 (-22.8%).
Tables with sales figures
In the tables below we report sales for all Brands, top 10 Manufacturers Group and top 10 Models