Almost 30% of all new cars sold in Kildare have an automatic transmission.
That’s according to new research on trends in the new car sales market for Q1 2019 conducted by DoneDeal
Between January and March, 719 new automatics were registered in Kildare, a 9% year-on-year increase.
In the year to the end of March, over 19,000 automatics were sold in Ireland, an all time high for that type of car and an 83% increase compared with the same period five years ago when just 6,000 new automatics were sold in the state.
The best-selling automatic brands in the opening three months of 2019 were Toyota, Audi and BMW with the Toyota Corolla, the best selling model of the first quarter of the year.
The increase could be explained by the growth in electric cars or hybrid electric/petrol cars, all of which use automatics rather than a growth in the population of automatic transmissions per se.
Of all the automatic cars bought, 26% are petrol/electric hybrids versus 16% that were petrol only. That said, 47% of them were diesel.
And four of the top five automatics were Toyotas, which offers a greater number of hybrid models than any other brand.