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In photos: the top ten best-selling cars of 2011

Car registrations rose by 1.64 per cent last year, while Toyota was the top-selling brand of the year.

Image: Junji Kurokawa/AP/Press Association Images

THE NUMBER of car registrations rose by 1.64 per cent last year, according to new figures released by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI).

In total, 89,900 passenger cars were registered last year.

Car sales per month were up on last year’s figures for the first six months of the year, but were below 2010 levels for the latter half of 2011.

The best-selling car brand in Ireland last year was Toyota, which sold 11,812 units, followed closely by Volkswagen with 11,247 units. Ford was the third best-selling car brand (10,511 units).

Hatchbacks proved by far the most popular body type of passenger car among Irish buyers last year as over 45,000 were sold. Just over 26,400 saloon cars were sold in 2011.

Meanwhile, the sale cars with diesel engines rose by 13.27 per cent, while sales of petrol cars fell by 14.85 per cent. However, electric cars saw the highest percentage increase in unit sales, as the 46 sold last year represent a 155 per cent increase on sales in 2011.

In photos: Check out the ten best-selling car models in Ireland last year:

In photos: the top ten best-selling cars of 2011
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  • 10. Toyota Yaris

    2,311 units sold last year (down 12 per cent on 2010). (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara, PA File)
  • 9. Renault Megane

    2,530 units sold last year (down 36 per cent on 2010) (AP Photo/Francois Mori/PA Images)
  • 8. Toyota Corolla

    2,592 units sold last year (up 17 per cent on 2010). (Paul Sancya/AP/PA Images)
  • 7. Nissan Qashqai

    2,653 units sold last year (down 24 per cent on 2010). (Rod Minchin/PA Wire)
  • 6. Ford Fiesta

    2,945 units sold in 2011 (down 21 per cent on 2010). (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee/PA Images)
  • 5. Volkswagen Passat Saloon

    2,975 units sold last year (up 68 per cent on 2010) (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini/PA Images)
  • 4. Renault Fluence

    3,016 units sold in 2011 (up 135 per cent on 2010). (Zhang yi bj/AP/Press Association Images)
  • 3. Toyota Avensis

    3,661 units sold in 2011 (up 2.06 per cent on 2010). (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)
  • 2. Volkswagen Golf

    3,980 sold last year (up 5.29 per cent on 2010) (Paul Sancya/AP/PA Images)
  • 1. Ford Focus

    4,242 units sold in 2011 (up 8.44 per cent on 2010). (Shi donghong/AP/PA Images)

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