Rural Ireland is driving growth in self-charging hybrid cars

Significant growth across the country in 2018

According to the latest year on year comparison, self-charging hybrid (HEV) cars have seen significant growth across the country in 2018* with a 58% increase in Connacht, 83% increase in Leinster, 76% increase in Munster and 54% increase in Ulster (Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal) compared to the same time-period in 2017.

 Led by sales of Toyota models, counties that saw the most significant growth in self-charging hybrid since 2017 are:

 

  • ·       Offaly – 142% increase
  • ·       Longford – 131% increase
  • ·       Louth – 128% increase
  • ·       Wexford – 119% increase
  • ·       Tipperary – 115% increase
  • ·       Kerry – 88% increase
  • ·       Donegal – 88% increase
  • ·       Meath – 83% increase

Toyota announced earlier this year that, in line with its Built for a Better World brand promise, it is ceasing production of diesel passenger cars this year to focus on more environmentally sustainable vehicles, led by self-charging hybrid.

Commenting on the regional growth figures Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland said,

It’s fantastic to see such significant hybrid growth across the country, and not just in the most populated cities. In the past, some commentators have tried to dismiss hybrid as being relevant only to city driving, but the percentage growth numbers paint a very clear story of how hybrid is being embraced in both urban and more rural environments.

“With our new game-changing self-charging hybrid models coming in 2019, including the return of the iconic Camry after a 14-year absence, we expect hybrid to go from strength to strength and the trend of rural adoption of hybrid to accelerate quicker and further than where it is today.”

The full hybrid growth numbers for the Republic of Ireland from June 30th, 2017 to June 30th, 2018 are as follows:

 County              % Growth

  • Carlow               70%
  • Cavan                 24%
  • Clare                   81%
  • Cork                    68%
  • Donegal            88%
  • Dublin                72%
  • Galway              57%
  • Kerry                  88%
  • Kildare               74%
  • Kilkenny           41%
  • Laois                   51%
  • Leitrim              71%
  • Limerick           67%
  • Longford          131%
  • Louth                 128%
  • Mayo                  83%
  • Meath                83%
  • Monaghan       50%
  • Offaly                 142%
  • Roscommon   56%
  • Sligo                   23%
  • Tipperary         115%
  • Waterford       37%
  • Westmeath    64%
  • Wexford           119%
  • Wicklow            23%

 * Numbers from The Society of the Irish Motoring Industry (SIMI), data from 3rd July 2018.

 For more details on Toyota’s range of Hybrid Cars contact Tony Burke Motors, your local Toyota Dealer on 091 480123 or visitwww.Tonyburkemotors.ie

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