Renault Group Ireland has enjoyed its most successful January to date, finishing the month in third position with 10.1% share of the combined car and van markets and almost 4,000 units sold. This was achieved in a market that decreased by 13.1% versus January 2018. Both Renault and Dacia performed exceptionally well in a car market that was down 12.6% in volume. Renault achieved a 6.8% share in the car market, up from 6.2% last year, while shockingly affordable Dacia took 2.8%, up from 2.6% last year. The SUV segment continues to grow, now representing over 49% of the passenger car market and over 1 in 3 cars in Ireland is now a C-SUV, up 5.4% from last year. The recently launched All-New Dacia Duster combined with the facelifted Renault KADJAR ensured an almost 10% share for the Group in this busy segment.
In the competitive B-SUV segment, the ever-popular Renault Captur retained its number two podium position. The stylish Renault Clio took third position in the B segment for January and was the best-selling small car in Dublin and Cork. The striking Scénic family was the star performer in the C-MPV market, taking the number one spot with a whopping 25% market share for the five-seater Scénic and seven-seater Grand Scénic. In the growing EV market, the zero-emissions Renault ZOE finished on the podium as the number three electric car in January, in a segment now representing 2.5% of the overall market, up from 1% for the full year 2018. Renault Group finished the month with a share of 13.1% in the competitive LCV market, taking its place firmly on the podium in third position. Master was the number one large van, while Trafic retained the number two spot in the medium van market.
Westmeath was Renault’s best performing county for both passenger cars and LCV, with its market shares taking 11.26% and an impressive 26.04% respectively. Carlow was the top seller for Dacia at 8.54% share. January saw Renault Bank lend €30 million to Renault customers, which is in line with 2018 levels despite a reduction in the market. This was driven by lower interest rates and an increase in customer retention.
There are over 30,000 PCP agreements in the market due to finish in 2019. PCP continues to be a topic of conversation and Renault’s new website, www.mypcp.ie confirms this with over 15,000 people visiting the new website in January searching for answers to their questions in relation to PCP. The website is designed to inform motorists about the pros and cons of PCP. Renault Bank continues to increase its portfolio of products, launching Key Insurance to the market in January.
Renault Group has highly competitive offers for February across Renault cars, LCV and Dacia, available on all orders taken and registered before 28th February 2019. These complete offers, available through Renault Bank, are designed to deliver real value by lowering the cost of vehicle ownership and providing real savings to customers. Customers can avail of 3.9% APR finance and three years’ servicing across the Renault car range on models including Clio, Captur, Kadjar, Mégane Hatch, Mégane Sport Tourer, Mégane Grand Coupé, the Scénic range and stylish Koleos. If you’re planning on going electric in 2019, the zero-emissions Renault ZOE Z.E. 40 is making the switch to a ZERO emissions vehicle even more attractive. Renault ZOE is the only long-range EV on the market under €25,000, the only Z.E. brand offering 0% APR and arguably the best EV for Ireland’s charging network.
Shockingly affordable Dacia is offering 4.9% APR across the range for February, including the recently launched All-New Dacia Duster which is available from just €149 per month, Sandero from €99 per month and Logan MCV from €119 per month. All models in the Renault and Dacia car ranges, including electric ZOE, are available for 24-hour test drives in all 26 Renault dealerships throughout February. Renault Pro+ dealers are offering 3.9% APR HP finance, five years’ warranty and five years’ roadside assistance across the LCV range including Master, Trafic and Kangoo during February. In addition, Renault’s network of dealers across the country are offering special up-weighted offers for Renault cars and Renault Pro+ LCV throughout February.
Patrick Magee, Country Operations Director, Renault Ireland:
“We are thrilled to have enjoyed our most successful January ever, proving a positive start to 2019 for our dealer network, with a third-place finish paving the way for a promising year. With the availability of new petrol and diesel engines in the Mégane and New Kadjar model ranges, supply of Renault ZOE Z.E. 40, and strong customer offers available in February, now is the time to experience a 24-hour test-drive in our recently refreshed model range.”