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Research finds half of Irish motorists to purchase car under two years old


According to the latest Carzone Motoring Report, 50 per cent of the 1,600 Irish motorists surveyed plan to purchase a car under two years old and based on data from previous years and monitoring traffic visiting the site and apps, Carzone claims that Monday, January 21 is the day when Irish motorists are most likely to consider buying a car.

Car buying experts at Carzone have put together a list of the most popular cars by segment based on searches on the site year-to-date. The Volkswagen Golf, which was the most searched for car on the website last year, is the most popular car within the family hatchback segment, while the Nissan Leaf remains the most searched-for electric car. The Nissan Qashqai takes the top spot in the compact SUV category while the Ford Fiesta is the most searched for supermini.

Surprisingly, the Hyundai Tucson – Ireland’s Best-Selling Car 2018 – didn’t make the list.

The most searched for cars on Carzone in January 2019 by segment:
Family Hatchback
Volkswagen Golf
Small Car
Ford Fiesta
Executive Saloon
Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Compact SUV
Nissan Qashqai
Family Saloon
Volkswagen Passat
Estate Car
Audi A6 Avant
Large SUV
BMW X5
Hybrid Car
Toyota Yaris Hybrid
Electric Car
Nissan LEAF

Commenting on the findings, Karl Connolly, Audience Manager Carzone said: “January is traditionally a time of change and as we reach the end of the month, many of us start looking to upgrade our car.  Based on previous years we know that the third Monday of January is the day when people start to think seriously about this and start looking. For those who want to change their car this year, Carzone offers the best selection of new and used cars in Ireland. Whether you are looking for a family saloon, an electric car or a car under a certain price point this January, Carzone has a car to suit all tastes and budgets.”