Hyundai leads the way as the best-selling new car brand in Ireland after 2 months of sales in 2016, with the total new car market at 21,625 in February, which brings the total number of new registrations to 61,350 this year – an increase of just over 34% on the same period in 2015.

The Korean car manufacturer clocked up 7,109 new 161 registrations, 200 in front of Toyota on 6,909, according to the statistics from the SIMI.

Ford is in 3rd place with 6,414 registrations followed by Volkswagen with 6,253. The best selling premium brand is Audi with 2,447 sales, ahead of BMW with 2,035 and Mercedes with 1,380.

It’s the Hyundai Tucson that remains the best-selling car, with 3,615 new registrations over January and February of 2016, ahead of the Ford Focus with 2,224 and the Volkswagen Golf with 2,072.

The engine of choice is diesel, which makes up 72% of all sales. Hybrids are increasing their share, while electric cars made up an impressive 175 new registrations so far this year.

Speaking at the Geneva Motor Show, Toyota Ireland chief executive said that uncertainty over the future government may affect consumer sentiment in the second quarter but he still expects the new car market to exceed 150,000 by the end of the year.