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Romania January 2018: VW Golf #1 foreigner in market up 66%

The VW Golf is the best-selling foreign nameplate in January at +177%.

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The Romanian new car market starts the year with a gigantic 66% surge to 11.744 registrations for January. Home grown brand leader Dacia follows the market with a 67% uplift to 30.8% share, but the rest of the Top 5 trails behind the overall growth: Volkswagen is up 31%, Skoda up 40%, Ford up 55% and Renault up 16%. There are a lot of spectacular increases below however: Smart (+1900%), Mini (+1282%), Kia (+216%), Hyundai (+183%), Fiat (+153%), Volvo (+152%), Opel (+127%), Suzuki (+126%), Jeep (+112%), Peugeot (+111%) and Mazda (+106%) all more than double their sales year-on-year. Model-wise, the Dacia Logan (+61%) hits a 161st consecutive month at #1, followed by the Dacia Duster (+68%) and VW Golf (+177%) with the Skoda Octavia (+22%) and Dacia Sandero (+160%) rounding up the Top 5. The Opel Mokka (+419%), Ford Kuga (+358%), Kia Sportage (+180%), Opel Astra (+135%) and VW Jetta (+98%) also shine near the top of the ranking.

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One year ago: Romania January 2017: Market up 22%, Renault Megane up to #6

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Japan January 2018: Nissan Note #1, Mazda CX-8 and Nissan Leaf shine

The Nissan Note is the best-selling car in Japan this month. Pictures autoc-one.jp

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The Japanese new car market edges down 0.5% year-on-year in January to 399.540 registrations, with the two best-selling brands in negative: Toyota drops 6.5% to 26.7% share vs. 30.3% over the Full Year 2017 and Honda is down 5.2% to 14.1%, albeit slightly better than the 13.8% it held in FY2017. Below is a string of four manufacturers gaining ground on a year ago: Nissan (+0.9%), Daihatsu (+11.3%), Suzuki (+5.4%) and Mazda (+4.5%). Lexus (+59.7%) and Mitsubishi (+13.4%) post the biggest year-on-year gains in the Top 10 while Subaru (-21.7%) endures the largest drop. Mercedes (+2.5%) remains the most popular foreign carmakers but drops four spots on December to #12, followed at a distance by Volkswagen (-10.8%), BMW (-19.5%) and Audi (-8.6%). Peugeot (+89%), Aston Martin (+78.6%), Chevrolet (+54.5%), Ferrari (+51.2%), Renault (+29.6%), Bentley (+21.4%) and Jeep (+20.5%) are the most dynamic further down the ranking.

The 2nd gen Nissan Leaf has already ranked inside the Top 30 three times vs. twice for the 1st gen.

Over in the regular car aisle, the Nissan Note returns to #1 for the first time since last September and the 6th in total for this generation, starting in November 2016. This month it has a 3.180 sales-advantage over the Toyota Prius, its largest gap on the #2 so far. The Toyota Voxy (+14%), Honda Fit (+12%) and Toyota Aqua (+6%) post robust gains while the Toyota Roomy (+5%) and Tank (+6%) tandem of twins continues to impress, adding up to 12.253 sales which would place them in 2nd position overall. It’s a bad month for SUVs: all leaders in the segment fall flat in January: the Toyota C-HR (-40%), Harrier (-31%) and Honda Vezel (-43%).

First Top 30 ranking for the all-new Mazda CX-8, now the brand’s best-selling SUV.

One SUV that has started its career flamboyantly is the Mazda CX-8 breaking into the Top 30 for the first time at #25. The Toyota Land Cruiser continues to feel the effects of its facelift, up 70% to #29 while the Camry is on another planet vs. the previous model: +966% to #30. But the hero of the month is the Nissan Leaf: up 163% on the previous gen to #19, its highest ranking at home also hit last October. It is the Leaf’s fifth time ever inside the monthly Top 30, including three for this gen – October 2017 (#19), December 2017 (#27) and January 2018 (#19) and two for the first gen – February 2011 (#25) and January 2016 (#28).

Suzuki Wagon R sales are up 251% year-on-year thanks to a new generation.

In the kei cars aisle, the Honda N-BOX (+9%) remains dominant, but this month it is followed by the Nissan Dayz (+31%) and Daihatsu Tanto (-8%) while the Daihatsu Move, #2 in 2017, is down 2% to #4. The Suzuki Spacia (+33%), Wagon R (+251%) and Daihatsu Mira (+57%) are next, all posting spectacular year-on-year gains. Notice also the Daihatsu Atrai Wagon (+141%), Mazda Flair (+114%), Nissan NV100 (+51%) and Honda N-ONE (+26%) all signing very healthy increases.

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Ireland January 2018: Peugeot soars 70% in market down 4.9%

The Peugeot 3008 is up 45-fold on the previous generation a year ago.

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January and July are now the two main registrations months in Ireland since a bi-annual license plate system was introduced in 2013. Unfortunately this month sees Irish sales fall 4.9% year-on-year to 37.070, still anticipated to account for roughly 30% of 2018 annual sales in the country. Toyota leaps into the brand lead despite sales down 2%, however this is a better hold than any of the Top 5 brands: the Japanese carmaker is followed by Hyundai (-14%), Ford (-15%), Volkswagen (-4%) and Nissan (-4%). Peugeot surges 70% to rank #9, with Kia (+6%) and Skoda (+1%) also in positive but Renault (-15%) and Mercedes (-14%) struggling. Further down, Mini (+54%), Citroen (+51%), BMW (+38%), Porsche (+28%), Land Rover (+18%) and Jeep (+17%) also shine.

Over in the models ranking, the Hyundai Tucson takes a significant option on a third consecutive annual win in 2018 by topping the largest month of the year at 4.4% share despite deliveries down 14% in January 2017. It is followed by the Nissan Qashqai (+5%), Ford Focus (-21%), VW Golf (-17%) and Ford Fiesta (-25%). The Toyota C-HR leaps up 62% to #9, the Nissan Micra is up 93% to #14 with the Peugeot 3008 (+4367%), Peugeot 5008 (+668%), BMW 5 Series (+560%) and Mazda CX-5 (+62%) also posting spectacular gains in the Top 50. Incredibly, the 9 best-selling recent launches (<12 months) are all crossovers, led by Hyundai Kona (#22) above the Skoda Kodiaq (#36), Kia Stonic (#42), VW T-Roc (#49), Seat Arona (#68), Skoda Karoq (#77), Renault Koleos (#79) Opel Crossland X (#82) and Opel Grandland X (#89).

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Uruguay January 2018: Fiat (+115%) and Renault (+93%) shine

Fiat sales are up 115% year-on-year in January in Uruguay. 

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New car sales in Uruguay start the year up 5.4% in January to 4.086 units. Volkswagen is up 14% to maintain the lead it snapped in 2017 at 14.9% but it’s Fiat (+115%) and Renault (+93%) that impress the most just below on the podium. Chevrolet, #1 a year ago, is down 18% to #4 while Nissan gains 34% to round up the Top 5. Leading all Chinese manufacturers by far, Lifan is up 59% to #8 overall vs. #13 over the Full Year 2017, followed by BYD at #15 (+4%), Dongfeng at #16 (+14%), FAW at #17 (-23%) and Great Wall at #18 (-15%). All-in-all, the Chinese hold 9.6% of the Uruguayan market in January, down 11% year-on-year and to be compared with 11.3% over the FY2017. Below, Audi (+129%), Chana (+114%), Subaru (+78%) and Honda (+38%) sign some of the most impressive year-on-year gains.

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Photo Report: Outback Australia & the Oodnadatta Track vs. Toyota C-HR Part 2: Moon Plain and Coober Pedy

Our Toyota C-HR exploring the Moon Plain near Coober Pedy (click on any pic to enlarge).

This is Part 2 of our adventure through Outback Australia and the legendary Oodnadatta Track with a Toyota C-HR. See Part 1: William Creek and Oodnadatta here. After a rather uncomfortable night in an overheated cabin part of the Oodnadatta Pink Roadhouse – the only inside accomodation option available in town, we decide to leave the Oodnadatta Track to head straight towards Coober Pedy instead of continuing onto Marla and the Stuart Highway, as Coober Pedy has a lot to offer and we want to spend a bit of time in town.

Part 2 of this Photo Report takes us back to Sydney via Coober Pedy.The Oodnadatta Track. Today we’re cutting Marla out and are headed directly towards Coober Pedy.

But there’s another reason for this little shortcut: the dirt track from Oodnadatta to Coober Pedy offers some pretty spectacular desert landscapes that would be almost criminal to overlook. Talk to the majority of city folks in Australia and you will find out that first, only a few have explored the Great Outback this country has to offer, and second, they would be citing as an excuse that “it all looks the same, it’s boring”. Well. Just get your wheels out there…

The ever-changing hues of the Australian earth, courtesy of Natasha the Toyota C-HR.

…and you will be hit by dwarfing immensities, bewitching nothingness and skies as big as you’ll ever see, all this while traversing – believe it or not – ever-changing landscapes. The colour of the earth never stays the same for very long, oscillating between bright white, sandy yellow, ochre red and everything in-between. And as you’re getting used to the new dimensions around you, complete and utter silence will allow you to isolate your thoughts as if they were written with big letters onto the sky. Still think all of this is boring?

The Grid: an Australian Outback specialty.

I can’t go through another Outback exploration without mentioning one of the region’s specialties: grids. Barely registering under the wheels when passed at speed, you realise that these grids are actually quite widely spaced when you set foot on them, and that’s the whole point. We humans need to take when walking across, but livestock just cannot twirl their head around it and tend to stay way clear. These grids are indeed here to keep cattle within the bounds of their respective homesteads without having to resort to gates that each driver on the Track would need to stop to open then close. All grids are connected to a network of barbwire separating the immense homesteads, which are sometimes so large (such as the Anna Creek station we described in Part 1), the owners use planes or helicopters to herd stock.

Moon Plain. There’s now at least one Toyota C-HR in the world that can say: “I’ve been to the moon and back!” Mad Max 3 and Priscilla Queen of the Desert were shot on the Moon Plain.

Roughly 15 km before reaching Coober Pedy is a location imaginatively called Moon Plain, simply because, well, you have guessed it, it does look a little extra-terrestrial. A vast expanse of rocky plain, the lunar-like landscape has been inspirational not only to the 4WD enthusiast, the car blogger (look who’s talking) or the avid tourist, but also Hollywood (and local) movie producers. This precise location has been the set for many movies including Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994), Pitch Black (2000) and The Red Planet (2000) where the Moon Plain was a stand-in for planet Mars…

The Kanku-Breakaways.

Before we can get right into the meat of Coober Pedy, there is one last worthwhile detour: the Kanku-Breakaways. An arid Conservation Park covering 15.000 hectares forming part of the traditional country of the Antakirinja Matuntjara Yankunytjatjara people, the Breakaways are called this way because the mesas and low hills appear from a distance as if “broken away” from the higher ground of the escarpment. It’s the perfect spot for a stunning sunset over the orange cliffs, that is if you don’t mind the billion flies that get intensely obsessed with your nose, eyes and ears. I watched the whole thing from inside the car!

Natasha has arrived in Coober Pedy

Now our Toyota C-HR baptised Natasha and we are entering famed Coober Pedy. Home to 1.695 inhabitants (including 285 indigenous Australians), it is the he largest opal mining area in the world, with over 70 opal fields. The name comes from the local Aboriginal term kupa-piti, which means “White man’s burrows”. Why is that I hear you ask? Well, such is the stifling heat in this part of the world that inhabitants have had to think creatively about where to live. Coober Pedy is indeed famous for its underground residences bored into the hillsides, called “dugouts”. A standard three-bedroom cave home with lounge, kitchen, and bathroom can be excavated out of the rock in the hillside for a similar price to building a house on the surface. However, dugouts remain at a constant temperature when outside regularly exceeds 40°C (104°F).

The Underground Motel The Serbian Orthodox Church, and the view inside.

So when in Rome, or rather Coober Pedy, we had to do what everyone is doing here and sleep underground in the aptly named Underground Motel which I strongly recommend. The entire hotel and all its rooms are dug into the hill and the significantly lower temperatures naturally achieved inside do make you think twice about wanting to get out into the heat ever again. It’s a fascinating experience that has to be lived to be believed. There are a few things to visit in Broken Hill too, one of them being the Serbian Orthodox underground church, built in 1993. The whole church complex, with a church, a community hall, a parish house and a religious school, is carved in the sandstone between 3 and 17 meters under the ground level. Today, more tourists visit the church – including us – than there are parishioners.

Mine shafts around Coober Pedy and the warning signs going with them.1919: ‘Wilful Murder’ is the first motor vehicle to reach Coober Pedy.1920: Cartering of water to Coober Pedy by camel.1946: the Bush Church Aid Society commences medical flights to Coober Pedy.Before the Sturt Highway was sealed in 1987, regular bus services to Coober Pedy travelled under all conditions. Above: a few Coober Pedy transport milestones courtesy of the Umoona Opal Mine & Museum

Opal was discovered near Coober Pedy in 1915 and the town was established right after that in a bleak and uninviting spot that was utterly waterless – all water and food had to be brought in. In 1918 news of rain as well as the end of the construction of the transcontinental railway nearby (see Part 1) brought an influx of miners, bringing the population to 100. A request for a Police Officer was ignored by the South Australian government, pushing miners to act for themselves. Yep, the wild wild west right here in Australia! By 1999, there were more than 250,000 mine shaft entrances in the area and a law discouraged large-scale mining by allowing each prospector a 165-square-foot (15.3 sq m) claim.

Back to bitumen for 2.200 more km!Mining spec Toyota Hilux in Glendambo.That’s 66.667 flies on every human – sounds about right…

After 650 km/400 mi of dirt tracks we are now back into bitumen for the remainder of the trip (roughly 2.200 km or 1.375 mi), and let’s be honest, Natasha our Toyota C-HR wouldn’t have minded continuing the entire journey on the dirt. This AWD variant is at home on the graded tracks of the Lake Eyre Basin desert and we’re glad we took it for a spit in this stunningly beautiful part of the world. Next stop on our way back to Sydney: Glendambo. And if flies were the secret weapon of the Breakaways near Coober Pedy, at least this tiny settlement is seeing the humour in it. Glendambo officially has a population of 30 humans, 22.500 sheep and… 2 million flies! That’s 66.667 flies on every human. I concur.

Stern warning sign near the Woomera Air Force base

Before looping back onto Pimba, we cross the Woomera Range Complex, a large Australian Defence Force long range weapons and rocket testing ground covering an area of approximately 122.000 square kilometres (47,000 sq mi). That’s roughly one fourth of the size of France! It is named after the woomera, an Aboriginal spear throwing implement which extends the range a spear can be thrown. The airspace above the complex is restricted and controlled by the Air Force for security reasons. Woomera is the only land-based test range left in the western world that is large enough for the testing of the next-generation of weapons systems such as the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. As such, it is an extremely busy base, and bookings for access have been made as far in advance as 2023 (in case you had anything you wanted to test there, no – not cars). Access to the complex is leased to foreign militaries and private companies for their own testing of weapons systems, rockets and drone aircraft.

Natasha standing to a heavily roo-barred Toyota Prado in Hay.

The rest of the trip is a breezy run to Sydney and the opportunity to verify that the Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser 70 are still kings of the deep Australian Outback. Strong sellers in South Australia include the Mitsubishi Triton, Kia Carnival, Ford Territory, VW Amarok and Renault Koleos. Entering New South Wales from Adelaide, I noticed more-than-usual numbers of Nissan Navara, Holden Colorado, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Pajero, Isuzu D-Max and MU-X. The Australian countryside remains definitely more keen on Chinese vehicles: in Wagga Wagga in New South Wales, I spotted three Foton Tunland, three LDV G10, three Haval H6 and one Great Wall Steed. We arrive back in Caringbah at Toyota’s facilities with Natasha showing 11.820 km on the odo. We have just driven around the Australian Outback for 4.972 km or 3.089 miles with not a single technical issue to report. Very impressed by this small crossover that is taking the worldwide sales charts by storm.


Overall a very confident performance by the Toyota C-HR: everything is working as it should be and no gremlins bugged us during the almost 5.000 km / 3.100 miles journey. The trip included 650 km of unsealed road driving which posed no issue to the car.

A very aggressive exterior design all round is a true breath of fresh air from Toyota. There are a lot of very interesting design features, notably the tail lights, that makes the car unique and visually-pleasing day after day. Hopefully Toyota’s next launches with follow on the C-HR’s path.

A very practical car despite its small size, with multiple cup and phone holders in the front and the space inside the doors has been used optimally with large bottle holders in the back doors – a rarity.

Dashboard has very pleasant buttons and more sophisticated materials than you’d expect for a car this price (AUD$30.990, US$24.300, 19.800€), with leather-like stitches on the passenger side, Lamborghini-like A.C. controls and shapes that feel very nice under the fingers.

The touch screen is on the smaller side but the GPS does allow unsealed route directions and recognises hotels.

Adaptive cruise control is really effective and automatically returns to the set speed after braking or accelerating. One of the best systems I have driven.

In terms of safety issues, automatic high beams are not a feature I would expect for this level of price but it’s there, although may need some fine tuning. It worked better than on the Tesla Model X which is almost 10 times dearer.

One very useful feature is the inclusion of blind spot alerts on the rear view mirrors, as the design of the rear of the car makes it prone to blind spots.

The C-HR letters are projected on the floor when closing the doors at night, and rear view mirrors automatically slide against the door when the car gets locked.

The 500km range is just enough for Outback driving: we didn’t end up having to use our backup jerrycans simply because Natasha is able to drive 95 Unleaded and above which is traditionally the type of fuel available in remote petrol stations, such as William Creek. That’s a marked improvement on both Havals we drove to similar terrain as these would only take 98 and above which was an issue as no remote stations stock this fuel type.

Sound system is very good again based on vehicle price, withstanding strong bass without battling an eyelid.

One victim of the car’s innovative is the very high back-seat windows limiting visibility, a mild inconvenience for an adult that can become a tad annoying for shorter persons or kids.

Understood as a safety feature, the fact that you cannot input a GPS destination while driving can be frustrating when you have a passenger ready to do it safely without any input from the driver.

The glovebox opening is not straight forward and requires a few attempts to work properly.

The GPS ETAs when on unsealed roads are based on average speeds of 40 to 60 kph which tends to be on the lower, conservative end.

Integrated into the rear doors to achieve a purer design, the rear door handles feel light and cheap when used.

When in deep Outback, our starting point wasn’t recognised because it was too “isolated” but this only occurred once, in Oodnadatta attempting to get directions to Coober Pedy – there is only one way to get there so this wasn’t a real issue per se. Can become problematic if lost in the desert but then again there aren’t many cars that would calculate destinations at all when in the desert.

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2017: Toyota Camry leads for first time this decade

 The Toyota Camry is the best-selling vehicle in Saudi Arabia for the first time this decade.

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New car sales in Saudi Arabia, by far the largest market in the Middle-East, are down a harsh 22.3% year-on-year in 2017 to 536.767 registrations. However the Saudi new car market may be about to get a boost this year. 2017 was indeed marked by the change in the law that will authorise Saudi women to drive cars from June 2018 onwards, and the likelihood is that this change will have an impact on new car sales in the country. Our local correspondent however warns that the positive effect, although real, will be seen in the longer term after a possible initial spike as a lot of marketing dollars and cash incentives will be spent to capitalise on this new opportunity. The more immediate effect will be hired expat drivers’ jobs being slowly phased out, and well-off Saudi women taking the wheel of an already owned car rather than each and every one buying a new car. Robust sales will also depend on how fast driving schools will set up ladies specific classes to process the demand and how quickly women holding a EU or US driving license will be able to convert them into Saudi licenses. So stay tuned in 2018 for a potential uplift in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi women will be able to drive from June 2018.

In 2017 though, the picture isn’t jolly at all. Brand leader Toyota exactly follows the market at -22% to keep its share unchanged at 31.7% but immediate followers Hyundai (-34%), Nissan (-35%) and Kia (-27%) all fall faster than the market and as a result lose significant share: from 23.9% in 2016 to 20.3% in the case of Hyundai. Chevrolet (-15%) and Isuzu (-19%) manage to see their share edge up but the best performer in the Top 10 is by far Renault, going completely against the grain with a 57% surge lifting the French carmaker to #7 overall. Honda (+18%) is the only other brand to gain ground in the Top 10 whole Ram (+357%), Jeep (+222%), Aston Martin (+71%), Land Rover (+62%), Dodge (+61%), Chrysler (+25%) and BMW (+13%) post the largest increases further down.

The all-new Koleos and Talisman propel Renault up 57% in Saudi Arabia.

Model-wise, the Toyota Camry snaps the pole position for the first time this decade thanks to sales skidding down just 2% to 6.5% share, a comfortable 3.000 unit-advantage over the Toyota Hilux (-30%) remaining in 2nd place. The Hyundai Sonata (-6%) leaps up three spots to #3 overall this year while the Hyundai Accent, leader in 2016, tumbles down 44% to #4 ahead of the Hyundai Elantra (-37%) and Toyota Corolla (-33%) also both freefalling. The Mazda6 is the only Top 10 nameplate to post a significant volume gain, up 8% to #8. Outside the Top 10, the Honda Accord soars 26% and 9 spots to #11, but the heroes of the year are French: the Renault Koleos (#16) and Talisman (#20) both storm into the Saudi Top 20 for their first full year in market. The Genesis G80 is the best-selling all-new launch for 2017, followed by the Geely X7 Sport (#106) and Nissan Kicks (#107).

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United Arab Emirates Full Year 2017: Nissan Patrol surprise leader

The Nissan Patrol outsells its archenemy the Toyota Land Cruiser to rank #1 in the UAE.

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New car sales in the United Arab Emirates sink a steep 15.2% year-on-year in 2017 to 271.123 registrations. Toyota limits its fall to -13% and as a result climbs back above the symbolic 30% share milestone at 30.5% vs. 29.7% a year ago. Nissan does even better with a slim 1% drop triggering a 2.5 percentage point increase of its market share from 15.2% to 17.7%. Mitsubishi on the other hand falls heavily at -18% to 9% share in third place. BMW (-1%), Kia (-1%), Chevrolet (-3%), Lexus (-6%) and Honda (-13%) all beat the market in the Top 10 whereas Hyundai (-54%) and Ford (-21%) implode. Further down, Citroen (+140%), Geely (+62%), Ram (+42%), Peugeot (+38%), Volvo (+27%), Mazda (+17%) and Dodge (+8%) all impress with sizeable gains.

The BMW X5 is up to 7th place overall in the UAE.

Big event in the UAE models ranking: for only the second time in the past 8 years, a Toyota isn’t the best-seller, this honour going to the Nissan Patrol thanks to deliveries surging 36% to a sumptuous 7.8% market share, knocking its archenemy the Toyota Land Cruiser – leader in 2016 – down 3% to #2. The Toyota Hilux (-25%) rounds up the podium like in 2016, followed this time by the Toyota Prado (-6%), Mitsubishi Lancer EX (-21%) and Toyota Camry (+19%). The BMW X5 (+11%) climbs up two spots to a stunning 7th place overall and the Nissan Kicks (#24) is the best-selling all-new launch in UAE for 2017 as is the case in most Middle-Eastern markets. It is followed here by the Mazda CX-3 (#130), Geely X7 Sport (#140) and Range Rover Velar (#146).

Geely sales are up 62% in the UAE in 2017, partly thanks to the new X7 Sport aka Boyue.

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Oman Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser snaps top spot off Hilux

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the best-selling vehicle in Oman for the first time since 2011. 

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The Omani new car market is down 7.3% year-on-year in 2017 to 145.651 registrations. Toyota maintains its stranglehold on the market by evolving like it at -7% to a gargantuan 49.5% share. Nissan shoots up 45% to gain almost seven percentage points of market share, going from 12.3% in 2016 to 19.2% this year. Meanwhile  Hyundai freefalls 31% to see its penetration drop from 10.2% to 7.5% in just one year. Kia is up 10% and one spot to #4, toppling Lexus (-17%), while Isuzu (-44%), Mitsubishi (-6%), Mazda (-8%) and Jeep (-24%) all camp on their positions. Honda edges up 2% and breaks into the Top 10 brands at #10. All other brands present in Oman endure steep declines bar Aston Martin (+200%), Chrysler (+98%), Maserati (+14%) and Hino (+7%). Genesis lands at a very shy 37th place with just 18 units sold.

The Nissan Juke is up 88% to #6 in Oman in 2017.

Excellent year for the Toyota Land Cruiser up 15% and three spots on 2016 to snap the Omani models pole position with a sizeable 9.1% market share, dislodging last year’s leader the Toyota Hilux down 15% to 8.8%. The Nissan Patrol surges 69% and two ranks to #3, overtaking the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup (-24%) and Prado (-34%). The Nissan Juke is up 88% and 10 spots to #6, the Toyota RAV4 up 51% to #8, the Nissan Sunny up 174% to #9 and the Toyota Camry up 37% to #10. Other great gainers include the Toyota Prius (+193%), Previa (+103%), Nissan Sentra (+78%), Kia Optima (+61%), Sportage (+61%), Nissan X-Trail (+36%), and Toyota Fortuner (+33%). No new launch makes it to the Top 50 in 2017, with the Nissan Kicks the most popular at #64 ahead of the Mazda CX-3 (#92) and Geely GC6 (#127).

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Kuwait Full Year 2017: Toyota Prado celebrates 7 years on top

The Toyota Prado celebrates 7 consecutive years at #1 in Kuwait.

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After dropping 26% in 2016, the Kuwaiti new car market loses another 11.5% in 2017 to 101.772 registrations. Toyota doubles the market fall at -22% and sees its share thaw from 33.2% in 2016 to 29.4% now, still almost three times the amount of the #2, Mitsubishi surging 18% to go from 7.5% of the market to a round 10% and knocking Nissan (-17%) down to #3. Toyota seems to have absorbed most of the market’s decline as Honda (+47%), Ford (+38%), GMC (+10%), Chevrolet (+9%) and Kia (+3%) all post healthy gains in the Top 10. Hyundai (-38%) isn’t that lucky. Further down, Dodge (+64%), SAIC (+47%), Ram (+37%), Suzuki (+31%), Cadillac (+18%), Jeep (+16%) and Acura (+12%) also shine.

The Mitsubishi Pajero soars 22% to climb to 2nd place overall. 

Model-wise, the Toyota Prado celebrates 7 consecutive years in the Kuwaiti pole position despite a steep 19% drop to 8.8% share. That’s still a very comfortable advantage on the Mitsubishi Pajero up 22% and three spot to #2 at 4.8%, followed closely by the Toyota Camry (-23%) and Toyota Land Cruiser (-1%). The Chevrolet Tahoe edges up 5% and gains three ranks to round up the Top 5 ahead of the Toyota Corolla (-21%), Nissan Patrol (-30%) and Toyota Hilux (-50%). The Kia Sportage is up 12% to climb up to #10, the Nissan X-Trail is up 22% to #12, the Nissan Sunny is up 117%, the Dodge Charger up 92% and the Honda Civic up 366%. The Nissan Kicks is the only all-new launch to manage a Top 50 ranking this year at #47, well above the MG360 (#93), Dodge Neon (#129) and Range Rover Velar (#130).

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Qatar Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol dominate

The Toyota Land Cruiser remains the most popular vehicle in Qatar. 

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The Qatari new car market freefalls 29.3% year-on-year in 2017 to just 51.135 registrations. Brand leader Toyota falls slightly faster than the market at -32%, resulting in a reduced by still ultra-dominant market share of 31.8%. That’s still almost double the #2, Nissan down 23% to go from 14.8% last year to 16.1% now. Mitsubishi falls 33% in third place, whereas Kia is down just 3% and up one spot to #4. The best performer in the Top 20 is by far Hyundai up a gigantic 96% and 6 ranks on its 2016 score to land in 5th place with a round 5% share. Lexus (-24%) and Chevrolet (-22%) remain at #6 and #7 respectively while Ford (-45%) and Honda (-38%) register the largest drops in the Top 10. Below, Lincoln (+98%), Ram (+64%), Mazda (+9%) and Cadillac (+1%) are the only other carmakers in market to post a year-on-year increase. Genesis lands at #32 above Volvo and Jaguar.

The Nissan Patrol is up 20% to 2nd place in Qatar in 2017. 

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Land Cruiser is the best-seller for at least the 7th consecutive year despite deliveries down 27% that however result in a slightly improved market share at 12.5%. The Nissan Patrol surges 20% and four spots to land in 2nd place, dislodging the Toyota Hilux (-44%). The Lexus LX (-24%) gains one spot to #4, overtaking the Toyota Prado (-37%) with the Mitsubishi Pajero (-30%), Lancer EX (-50%) and Nissan Navara (+96%) in tow. The Ford F-Series jumps 6% and 6 spots to #15, the Hyundai Accent is up 241% to #16 and the Hyundai Elantra up 88% to #17. The Nissan Kicks is the best-selling new launch for 2017 at #34, well ahead of the Range Rover Velar (#80) and Genesis G80 (#153).

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