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02nd Aug 2022

Here are the top-selling car models of 2022 so far

Hugh Carr

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The Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI) has revealed the top selling car models of 2022.

21,902 new cars were registered in July, compared to 26,477 in July of 2021, and 24,681 in July of 2019.

There was also a decrease in new cars registered year to date, with 87,075 new cars registered in 2022.

This in comparison with 105,439 new cars registered in 2019.

Electric cars have significantly increased in popularity since last year, with 2,738 new electric vehicles registered in July 2022 compared to 1,895 in the same period last year.

Electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids, and hybrid cars now have a combined market share of 40.9%. Petrol, however, remains the top car in the country, making up 29.9% of cars in Ireland.

Without further ado, here are the top five brands, car models, and electric vehicles in Ireland in 2022.

Top five car brands of 2022:

  1. Toyota
  2. Hyundai
  3. Volkswagen
  4. Kia
  5. Skoda

Top five car models of 2022:

  1. Hyundai Tucson
  2. Toyota Corolla
  3. Toyota C-HR
  4. Kia Sportage
  5. Toyota Rav4

Top five electric car models of 2022:

  1. Volkswagen ID.4
  2. Hyundai Ioniq
  3. Kia EV6
  4. Volkswagen ID.3
  5. Nissan Leaf

The Hyundai Tucson was also the top selling car of July.

Brian Cooke, Director General of SIMI described the level of new car registrations as “disappointing”.

“New car registrations [in July], our second highest sales’ period, are down 17.3% on July 2021. This means the new car market is now 4% behind year to date and 17% behind pre-Covid 2019.

“The electric vehicle segment continues to grow, both in quantum and as a proportion of the new car market, with an 80% year-on-year growth and a market share of 13%. While it appears that there is appetite among consumers for both new and used cars, supply issues are hampering overall activity.

“The impact of this is another year of below par performance in the Irish new car market, which results in the Irish car fleet continuing to get older. The underlying new car market needs to grow significantly over the next few years if we are to optimise transport emission reductions.

“Government policies must contain the right measures, to support and encourage the change to lower and zero emitting vehicles.”

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