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New van registrations show an increase on last year

The number of new van registrations in Ireland in January 2018 is up by more than 6% on the figure for January ’17. That’s according to the latest figures compiled by Motorstats, the official statistics of the Irish Motor Industry.

There were 6,728 new van registrations this year, compared to 6,329 last year. The fact that so many are investing in new vans reflects continued recovery and a positive outlook for the economy.

Ford remains the most popular make, though the Volkswagen Caddy was the most popular individual model. A breakdown of the total sales figures follows.

New Van Registrations January 2018 – by make

Top-ranking Ford saw a slight increase on last year. Volkswagen, in the number two spot, was up 14%. Third-placed Renault enjoyed a massive leap of almost 50%. Mercedes also had a massive jump, of close to 75%.

The top ten were:

Rank Make 2018 Units 2017 Units % Change 2018 % share 2017 % share
1 Ford 1,621 1,616 0.31% 24.09% 25.53%
2 Volkswagen 1,307 1,145 14.15% 19.24% 18.09%
3 Renault 1,096 741 47.91% 16.29% 11.71%
4 Toyota 579 619 -6.46% 8.6% 9.78%
5 Peugeot 390 413 -5.57% 5.8% 6.53%
6 Citroen 389 399 -2.51% 5.78% 6.3%
7 Nissan 364 355 2.54% 5.41% 5.61%
8 Mercedes Benz 314 181 73.48% 4.67% 2.86%
9 Opel 214 325 -34.15% 3.18% 5.14%
10 Mitsubishi 129 175 -26.29% 1.92% 2.77%

 

New Van Registrations January 2018 – by model

While Ford was the top selling make, the VW Caddy was the top selling model. The trusty Transit is still the van of choice for most though, as its three variations in the top ten combine for more than twice as many sales as the Caddy.

Meanwhile, Renault’s jump is overall sales was sparked by big increases in sales of both the Trafic and the Kangoo.

The top ten models were:

Rank Make & Model 2017 Units 2016 Units % Change 2017 % share 2016 % share
1 Volkswagen Caddy 531 541 -1.85% 7.89% 8.55%
2 Ford Transit Custom 494 469 5.33% 7.34% 7.41%
3 Renault Trafic 427 284 50.35% 6.35% 4.49%
4 Ford Transit Connect 416 402 3.48% 6.18% 6.35%
5 Renault Kangoo 353 191 84.82% 5.35% 3.02%
6 Toyota Landcruiser 335 367 -8.72% 4.98% 5.8%
7 Citroen Berlingo 323 337 -4.15% 4.8% 5.32%
8 Volkswagen T6 321 215 49.3% 4.77% 3.4%
9 Ford Transit Original 305 380 -19.74% 4.53% 6%
10 Peugeot Partner 274 306 -10.46% 4.07% 4.83%

 

Increase in popularity of electric vans

New incentives to switch to electric vans appear to be having something of an effect.

While there was still only a small number of electric vans registered, at 18, that’s actually a massive 500% jump on last year’s figure of just three.

Of the others, there was just one petrol model registered. That means that diesel accounts for the 6,710 others.

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