Monthly Archives: April 2015

Motor Industry – Quarter One Statistics

wf-014Quarter One statistics in the motor industry show an increase in registrations compared to the same period in 2014. Figures were up 29.66% based on vehicles registered in the first quarter.


Volkswagen, ¬†Toyota and Ford respectively were the top selling makes, all showing an increase in market share compared to 2014, although Volkswagen’s increase was the most modest of the three.


Nissan is the fifth top selling make, with an impressive 52% increase in registrations compared to 2014.


The Volkswagen Golf is still the top selling model, followed by the Ford Focus, who gained in both units and market share. The Nissan Qashqai is in third place, with unit gains despite losing market share. ¬†The Hyundai IX35 and the Kia Sportage both improved market share in this segment, whilst the Toyota Corolla and the Skoda Octavia make up fourth and fifth place, both showing an increase in registered units although the Octavia’s market share fell slightly. The Volkswagen Passat Saloon showed an increase of 43% in the number of units registered, which is understandable given that the new model was not launched at this stage in 2014.


The importance of CO2 emissions and the associated cost savings is clear as Band A vehicles (CO2 of less than 121g/km) account for a massive 71.25% of the new passenger vehicle market for the first quarter. Band B vehicles (121g/km-140g/km) make up 24.51% with other bands making up the final 4.24%. Registrations of vehicles in bands F and G (which are the most costly to both tax and run) saw considerable percentage drops whilst Band E showed a surprising gain which equated to a 0.2% increase in market share.


Petrol vehicles saw gain in market share in 2015, although with almost 71% of the market, diesel is clearly the preferred choice of the Irish consumer and business user. Electric vehicle registrations increased from 101 units in 2014 to 249 units in 2015, which equates to a whopping 147% increase. These vehicles still only make up a very small part of the market but these figures show a real appetite for the benefits of such vehicles.


In terms of colours, silver and black make up the majority followed by grey. White, red and blue  all share similar popularity, with the rest making up less than 10% of the total vehicles registered in the first quarter.


Light commercial vehicles (LCVs) also showed a considerable increase in registrations in the first quarter of 2015, with a 59% improvement on 2014. Ford, Volkswagen and Renault make up the top three manufacturers, although VW lost market share despite an impressive increase of 55% in terms of vehicles registered. Renault made huge gains in both market share and registrations as did Ford, the clear market leader with a market share of almost 10% more than 2nd placed Volkswagen.


The ever popular Ford Transit van range was the most registered amongst light commercials, followed by the Volkswagen Caddy and the Ford Transit Connect. The commercial Toyota Landcruiser and commercial Land Rover Discovery made up more than 10% of the market share of LCVs, highlighting that this type of vehicle is becoming increasingly popular once again with the business user.


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Easter 2015 Opening Hours


Windsor Fleet opening hours for 2015 are as follows:


Thursday 2nd April: 8.30am-6.00pm

Friday 3rd April: Closed

Saturday 4th April: Closed

Sunday 5th April: Closed

Monday 6th April: Closed

Tuesday 7th April: 8.30am-6.00pm


Should Windsor Fleet customers require immediate roadside assistance out of hours, please contact the AA breakdown service on 1800 66 77 88.


Happy Easter from all at Windsor Fleet and safe motoring.




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