21% of all new cars sold Kilkenny are now automatics.
That’s according to new research from DoneDeal on trends in the new car sales market for Q1 2019.
In the year to the end of March, over 19,000 automatics rolled off the nation's forecourts – an all-time high for the transmission type.
That’s an 83% increase compared with the same period five years ago when just 6,000 new automatics were sold in the state.
In Kilkenny, 21% of all new cars sold are now automatics. Between January and March, 261 new automatics were registered in Kilkenny, a 16% year-on-year increase.
The best-selling automatic car makes in the opening three months of 2019 were Toyota, Audi and BMW with the Toyota Corolla, the best selling model of Q1.
Martin Clancy from DoneDeal said: "New automatic transmissions are extremely intelligent. It’s now common to see six and even seven gear transmissions which enable smooth and efficient driving, even at low revs. Therefore burning far less fuel and reducing emissions.”
“It’s also worth pointing out that alternative-fuel vehicles, including virtually all hybrids and fully electric cars, tend to use automatic gearboxes. With the increase in alternative fuel vehicles, the number of automatics on the roads is sure to rise also”.
Diesel was the most popular automatic engine type, accounting for 47% of the automatic market with Petrol Electric (26%) and Petrol (16%) rounding out the top three.
Best selling automatics on Irish roads Q1 2019:
1. Toyota Corolla - 1,516 units
2. Toyota C-HR - 1,363 units
3. Toyota Rav 4 - 898 units
4. Skoda Kodiaq - 821 units
5. Toyota Yaris - 771 units