Austria August 2016: VW Tiguan (+45%) catches up on Golf (-39%)

VW Tiguan Austria June 2016The VW Tiguan gains 45% year-on-year in Austria in August. 

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The Austrian new car market is up 4% year-on-year in August to 23.690 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 5% to 222.342 units. Volkswagen stays in the brands lead despite sales plunging 13% to 4.046 and 17.1% share. It distances Opel (+14%), BMW (+22%) and Skoda (+26%) with Seat (+60%) and Mercedes (+50%) lodging the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10. Outside, notice Toyota (+42%), Dacia (+56%), Honda (+44%), Land Rover (+84%) and Jaguar (+93%) all posting spectacular gains. Model-wise, the VW Golf remains the best-seller in the country but freefalls 39% on August 2015 to 1.099 sales whereas the VW Tiguan, boosted by the new generation, is up 45% to 869 units. The Skoda Octavia (+5%), Skoda Fabia (+61%) and Opel Astra (+123%) follow with the Audi A4 (+181%) and Seat Ibiza (+100%) also surging up. The VW Sharan,, Bus and Seat Leon make it an incredible 9 VW Group nameplates in the August Austrian Top 10. The BMW X1 is up 11-fold on the previous model a year ago to land at #11, the Hyundai Tucson is up 42% to #15, the Mercedes C-Class up 68% to #21 and the Dacia Sandero up 67% to #30.

Previous month: Austria July 2016: Top 6 models from VW Group, Ford up 12%

One year ago: Austria August 2015: Hyundai jumps to #2 overall

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Turkey August 2016: Renault Symbol and VW Passat on top

Renault Symbol Turkey August 2016The Renault Symbol is the most popular vehicle in Turkey in August. 

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August sales are still reeling from the political unrest of July, down 13% to 71.556 units. The year-to-date tally is now down 5% to 568.906. Volkswagen remains the best-selling manufacturer in the country despite deliveries falling sharply at -18% to 11.167, Fiat is up 2 spots on July to 2nd place with 7.720 sales and 10.8% share, overtaking Ford (-27%) and Renault (-23%). Toyota (+18%), Skoda (+38%), Seat (+23%), Land Rover (+172%) and Suzuki (+2746%) post significant year-on-year gains. Model-wise, the Renault Symbol surges 74% to 2.892 sales and 4% share just as the larger and more expensive Fluence is being replace by the Megane Sedan. It distances the VW Passat up 6%, the Opel Astra up 30% and the Fiat Egea at 2.488 sales, still not managing to replicate the success of its predecessor the Linea.

Previous month: Turkey July 2016: Opel Astra, Fiat Egea and Renault Symbol in photo finish

One year ago: Turkey August 2015: VW Jetta and Renault Fluence on top

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Greece August 2016: Toyota places 3 nameplates in Top 4

Toyota Auris Greece August 2016Toyota Auris 

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The Greek new car market slips down 7% year-on-year in August to just 4.174 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally is up 10.5% to 58.621 units. Toyota goes against the grain with a 19% year-on-year gain to 699 sales and 16.7% share, distancing Opel at 8.2% (+10%), Volkswagen at 7.2% (+6%) and Nissan at 7% (+46%). Mercedes slips down 9% to #5, but Fiat gains 30% to #7. Hyundai (-22%), Citroen (-23%), BMW (-34%) and Renault (-50%) are the main culprits of the market decrease this month. The Toyota Yaris remains the best-selling vehicle in the country despite deliveries down 6% to 377 ahead of the Opel Corsa down 19% to 163. The Toyota Auris (+202%) and Aygo (+43%) make it 3 Toyotas in the Top 4. Other impressive gainers include the Opel Astra (+68%), Nissan Micra (+271%) and BMW X1 (+436%)

Previous month: Greece July 2016: Toyota Yaris back in charge, Fiat Panda up to #2

One year ago: Greece August 2015: BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A Class shoot up

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Romania August 2016: Romania August 2016: Opel Astra shines in market up 69%

Opel Astra Romania August 2016Opel Astra

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August sales in Romania are up 69% year-on-year to 12.411 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 15% to 58.631 units in 8 months. Dacia evolves like its home market at +70% to 4.175 sales, resulting in a mammoth 33.6% share vs. 29.7% so far in 2016. Volkswagen (+37%) and Skoda (+53%) are back above Renault which ranked #2 last month but gains another 110% in August. Inside the Top 10, Ford (+76%), Opel (+93%) and Hyundai (+141%) stand out, outside, Peugeot (+150%), Honda (+198%) and Lexus (+220%) impress. Model-wise, Dacia monopolises the podium again with the Logan (+64%), Sandero (+114%) and Duster (+74%) in the lead but the Opel Astra at #4 and best-selling foreigner (+254%) and the Ford Fiesta at #9 (+249%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10. Notice also the Renault Clio (+110%), Skoda Rapid (+129%), Suzuki Vitara (+153%), Renault Captur (+221%) and Hyundai i20 (+308%) posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Romania July 2016: Dacia recovers to 35.8% share, Logan to 24.5%

One year ago: Romania August 2015: Dacia monopolises podium again

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United Arab Emirates January-July 2016: Land Cruiser takes charge

Toyota Land Cruiser UAE July 2016The Toyota Land Cruiser tops the UAE sales charts so far in 2016. 

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Reflecting an overall gloomy trend in the Middle-East, new light vehicles in the United Arab Emirates are down a steep 20% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to 189.084 units. Toyota maintains its stranglehold on the market, selling almost double any other carmaker around with 56.983 units and 30.1% share vs. 30.019 and 15.9% for #2 Nissan. Mitsubishi falls 33% to 11.1% in third place above BMW, stunning at -2% and 6% share vs. 4.9% a year ago, Hyundai (-15%), Ford (-23$) and Lexus (-5%) round up the Top 5 with Infiniti (+1%), Dodge (+6%), Peugeot (+21%), Jaguar (+9%), Volvo (+12%) and Geely (+2600%) the only Top 30 carmakers posting year-on-year gains. Ram (#31), SAIC-MG (#33) and Opel (#35) also leap up.

bmw-7-series-uae-july-2016Sales of BMW 7 Series are up 5-fold in the UAE with the arrival of the new generation.

In the models ranking, thanks to sales down just 2% due to the arrival of the new generation, the Toyota Land Cruiser takes the lead of the UAE sales charts with 10.926 sales and 5.8% share, overtaking the Toyota Hilux at 9.195 (-29%) and the Mitsubishi Lancer EX at 8.517 (-37%). The Nissan Patrol (-19%), Mitsubishi Pajero (-16%) and Toyota Prado (-23%), all evolve roughly in the same category as the market leader but all fall sharply. The only nameplates managing a year-on-year sales gain inside the Top 20 are the Toyota Camry (+5%), Fortuner (+9%), Lexus LX (+2%) and Nissan X-Trail (+61%). Helping the brand achieve the 4th spot detailed above, the BMW X4 is up 182% to #32 and the 7 Series up 5-fold on the previous generation to #33. The Hyundai Creta lands at #36, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport at #69 and the Suzuki Vitara at #165. Full sales charts are below.

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Previous post: UAE January-April 2016: Mitsubishi Lancer EX stays #1, Pajero up to #3

Previous year: United Arab Emirates Full Year 2015: Mitsubishi Lancer EX up to #1

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Lebanon January-July 2016: Toyota places Yaris, Prado & Land Cruiser on podium

toyota-prado-lebanon-july-2016The Toyota Prado is up 64% to rank #2 in Lebanon so far in 2016. 

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The Lebanese new car market is down slightly so far in 2016 at -6% over the first 7 months of the year to 29.252 registrations. Toyota fights the overall negative trend to post a stellar 14% year-on-year gain to lift its market share to 28.8% thanks to 8.421 sales. Kia (-10%) at 15.2% and Nissan (-11%) at 12.1% follow above Hyundai (11.6%) and Renault (5.6%) while Mitsubishi tumbles down 47% to 6th place. Lexus (+31%), Chevrolet (+34%), Mazda (+39%), Infiniti (+100%) and most strikingly Peugeot (+113%) post spectacular gains. We welcome back Opel at #26. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris remains the best-sellers thanks to sales up 7% to 2.430 and this time the podium is 100% Toyota with the Prado up a stunning 64% to #2 and the Land Cruiser up 36% to #3. The Kia Picanto (-16%), Hyundai i10 (-24%) and Kia Rio (-14%) are relegated to #4, #5 and #6 respectively. Notice also the Hyundai Accent up 119% to #7, the Renault Sandero up 107% to #13 and the Suzuki Vitara landing directly just one unit off a Top 20 ranking at #21.

Previous post: Lebanon January-April 2016: Toyota cements domination, Yaris #1

Previous year: Lebanon Full Year 2016: Toyota Yaris and Mitsubishi Lancer EX triumph

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Qatar January-July 2016: Land Cruiser, Lexus LX & Bentley Bentayga shine

lexus-lx-qatar-july-2016-picture-courtesy-caronweb-comThe Lexus LX ranks #4 best-seller in Qatar so far in 2016. 

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New light vehicle sales in Qatar are down a steep 30% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to an almost round 40.003 units vs. 56.759 a year ago. Toyota accounts for over 1 in every 3 sales in the country, even managing to improve its market share to 34.6% thanks to deliveries down ‘just’ 26%. Nissan is hit harder at -35% in 2nd place with Mitsubishi (-24%) rounding up the podium. Kia goes from 3.6% share a year ago to 5% now thanks to sales down just 2% but the best performer in the Top 10 is without a doubt luxury marque Lexus posting a stunning 47% year-on-year increase to 1.979 units and 4.9% share. Outside the Top 10, Jeep (+171%), Infiniti (+14%), Peugeot (+149%), Ram (+257%), Bentley (+38%), Jaguar (+15%) and Volvo (+29%) also shine but Hyundai (-78%), Volkswagen (-60%) and Land Rover (-50%) struggle.

bentley-bentayga-qatar-july-2016The Bentley Bentayga is already among the 100 best-sellers in Qatar. 

The Toyota Land Cruiser is king of the sales charts once again in Qatar, improving its market share greatly from 9% a year ago to 13.7% now thanks to deliveries up 7% to 5.483. The Toyota Hilux (-38%) sells less than half of this amount at 2.189 with the Mitsubishi Lancer EX (-21%) in tow. Replicating the performance of the brand into the models ranking, the Lexus LX leaps up 71% year-on-year to land at a world-best 4th place with 1.663 sales and 4.2% share, missing out on a podium ranking for just 4 units. The Toyota Corolla (-27%), Prado (-37%) and Nissan Patrol (-56%) suffer the most inside the Top 10. Below, notice the Ford F-Series up 86% to #19, the Kia Picanto up 69% to #22 and Jeep Grand Cherokee up 144% to #23. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Creta (#58) and Bentley Bentayga – already among Qatar’s 100 best-sellers at #94 – do best. The full sales charts are below.

Previous post: Qatar January-April 2016: Land Cruiser at 15.2% share, Lexus LX #3

Previous year: Qatar Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser sails off to 10.2% share

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Oman January-July 2016: Hilux and Land Cruiser P/Up to market down 21%

Toyota Hilux Oman July 2016. Picture courtesy saudishift.comThe Toyota Hilux remains the best-selling vehicle in Oman in 2016. 

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The Omani new light vehicle market is down 21% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to 91.318 registrations. Toyota continues to account for more than 1 in every 2 sales in the country but sees its market share thaw to 52% from 54.2% a year ago due to sales down 24%. Reversely, Hyundai (+2%), Lexus (+4%) and Isuzu (+9%) all gain ground inside the Top 5 whereas Nissan crumbles down 33%. Chevrolet (+3%) and Jeep (+48%) are the only other carmakers displaying positive results within the 20 best-sellers. Toyota logically monopolises the Top 5 best-selling models charts but four of them fall even faster than the market: the Hilux remains the market leader despite deliveries down 29% and is followed by the Land Cruiser Pickup (-30%), Land Cruiser SW (-31%), Prado (-34%) and Corolla (-13%). The Hyundai Elantra, up 11%, is the most popular non-Toyota in Oman at #6. Notice the Hyundai Sonata up 92% to #10, the Toyota Fortuner up 39% to #15 and the Nissan D22 Pickup up 51% to #20, The Hyundai Creta lands at a cool 23rd spot with 792 sales so far this year.

Previous post: Oman January-April 2016: Toyota holds 53.9% market share

Previous year: Oman Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser P/up edges past Hilux

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Kuwait January-July 2016: Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser & Camry on top

Toyota Prado Kuwait July 2016. Picture courtesy crankandpiston.comThe Toyota Prado is #1 in Kuwait so far in 2016. Picture crankandpiston.com

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New light vehicle sales in Kuwait are down a harsh 29% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to just 62.355 registrations. Market leaders Toyota (-37%) and Nissan (-33%) are hit even harder while Mitsubishi (-11%) and Chevrolet (-15%) both gain share just below. Lexus manages to gain 12% over the same period in 2015 and sees its market share leap from 3% a year ago to 4.8% now. Similarly, Ford goes from 2.2% to 2.8% and GMC from 1.9% to 2.4%. Outside the Top 10, notice Jeep up 1%, Hino up 86%, Peugeot up 11% and Jaguar up 27%. Lincoln (+274%), Acura (+261%), SAIC (+144%) and Volvo (+1200%) post extravagant gains but remain at low volumes.

mitsubishi-pajero-kuwait-july-2016-picture-courtesy-performancedrive-com-auThe Mitsubishi Pajero is up 53% to land in 4th place. Picture performancedrive.com.au 

Model-wise, the Toyota Prado remains by far the most popular choice in Kuwait, and this despite sales tumbling down 43% year-on-year to 5.607 for a 9% market share. The Toyota Land Cruiser (+1%) and Camry (-32%) complete a podium 100% Toyota. Excellent performance of the Mitsubishi Pajero up 53% to 4th place with 2.477 sales and of the Nissan Patrol also going against the grain at +8% to 2.387 in 5th position. Notice also the Kia Optima up 53% to #10, the Nissan X-Trail up 22% to #12, Toyota RAV4 up 28% to #18, Mitsubishi Outlander up 70% to #24 and Lexus RX up 74% to #25.

Previous post: Kuwait January-April 2016: Prado, Land Cruiser, Patrol and Pajero on top

Previous year: Kuwait Full Year 2015: Toyota Prado crosses 10% share milestone

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Cyprus August 2016: Nissan Qashqai reclaims YTD lead

Nissan Qashqai Cyprus August 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling nameplate in Cyprus so far in 2016. 

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Thanks to our partnership with SEMO Cyprus and INNOSOFT, today is the day for the Cyprus market update. August sales are up 18% year-on-year to 779 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 33% to 8.766 deliveries. The Nissan Qashqai reclaims the year-to-date lead it held back in 2014 with 488 sales, edging past the VW Golf (478) and the Ford Fiesta (468), leader in August like last year. The Toyota RAV4 (#3), Nissan Juke (#4), Honda CR-V (#7), Renault Captur (#8) and Hyundai Tucson (#9) make August the month of SUVs in Cyprus.

Previous month: Cyprus July 2016: Ford Focus and Hyundai Tucson shine

One year ago: Cyprus August 2015: Ford Fiesta best-seller

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