Palestine Full Year 2015: First ever data available

Kia Rio Palestine 2015Kia Rio near Jericho, Palestine – September 2015. Click on any picture to enlarge.

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Today we welcome a new market on BSCB, a rare event lifting the total count to 193 markets covered by this site. No other website in the world covers new car sales data for as many markets, so you have chosen well by reading these lines. The State of Palestine was voted a non-member observer state by the United Nations on 29 November 2012 and thus qualifies as a nation under BSCB’s guidelines. Please note categorising Palestine as a nation or otherwise does not reflect BSCB’s political views and cannot be considered as a political message in any way. We have been lucky enough to receive photographic illustrations from the Palestinian territories taken in September 2015 by a BSCB reader, they are used to illustrate this article.

Kia Cerato new Palestine 2015Kia Cerato near Jericho, Palestine – September 2015. Click on any picture to enlarge.

The sales data that has been made available to BSCB is exclusive to this site and concerns all FCA Fiat-Chrysler Automobiles brands and models. As such it does not reflect the overall Palestinian new car market. Jeep replaces Fiat as FCA’s most successful brand in Palestine this year thanks to sales more than doubling at +109% to 188 units whereas Fiat tumbles down 83% to just 33 deliveries. The Jeep Grand Cherokee (+357%), Compass (-15%) and Wrangler (+25%) replace the Fiat Doblo (-85%) and Qubo (-73%) as the best-selling FCA models in Palestine in 2015. FCA sold a total of 249 cars in Palestine in 2015, a 17% drop on its 2014 result.

Kia Soul Palestine 2015Kia Soul near Jericho, Palestine. Note the Israeli Chevrolet Cruze in the background.

Based on local observations, the overall Palestinian new car market is heavily influenced by that of neighbour Jordan and as such should be dominated by Korean carmakers Kia and Hyundai. The Kia Cerato could lead the Palestinian sales charts in 2015, followed by the Kia Rio and Hyundai Accent. Note these are estimates only and may not be 100% accurate. If you have any information about the Palestinian new car market, please make sure to get in touch either by clicking on the envelope logo at the top of this page or by commenting on this article. We thank you very much in advance for your help and cooperation.

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Iraq Full Year 2015: Kia Frontier overtakes Toyota Hilux for #1

Kia Frontier Bongo Iraq March 2015. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is the best-selling vehicle in Iraq in 2015.

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Today we can share with you for the first time on BSCB complete data for Iraq. This is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find this data anywhere else. After gaining significant ground over the past years, the Iraqi new car market is hit full frontal by the troubles in its northern regions destabilising the country. Sales are down 44% year-on-year to 55.152 units, dominated once again by Korean manufacturer Kia down slower than the market at -28% resulting in a much improved 41.6% market share vs. 32.7% a year ago. Below, Toyota (-58%), Hyundai (-50%) and Nissan (-57%) all lose market share. Chevrolet (-33%) and Ford (-44%) follow, while Land Rover (-3%) and Renault (+3442%) see their share shoot up but remain below 1%.

Kia Sorento Iraq 2015. Picture courtesy drivearabia.comThe Kia Sorento ranks at a world-best third place in Iraq this year.

In the models ranking, the Kia Frontier goes against the negative grain an improves its volume by 2% to 9.448 units for a gigantic 17.1% share, stepping into the Iraqi pole position and frankly overtaking the Toyota Hilux down a devastating 66% to just 4.157 units and 7.5% vs. 12.398 and 12.6% a year ago. Note previous erroneous reports had the Kia Frontier at #1 in 2014. The Kia Sorento (-34%) and Sportage (-40%) hold onto their position at #3 and #4 respectively, with the Kia Cerato, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota Land Cruiser breaking into the 2015 Top 10. Notice also the Toyota Prado up 7% and 10 spots to #10, the Chevrolet Spark landing directly at #15, the Chevrolet Silverado at #17 and the Aveo at #20.

Previous post: Iraq 1st Quarter 2015: Kia Frontier and Toyota Hilux best-sellers

Previous year: Iraq Full Year 2014: First ever data shows Kia Frontier #1

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Luxembourg Full Year 2015: BMW 4 Series up to world-best #5

BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe Luxembourg 2015Exceptional result for the BMW 4 Series in Luxembourg. 

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Luxembourg is one of only two European markets to lose ground in 2015 with Estonia, and the one performing the worst at -6% to 46.647 registrations. Volkswagen leads the market again but with sales down 10% to 5.816 units it is now under intense pressure from BMW, up a flamboyant 14% and two spots on 2014 to land at an impressive 2nd place with 5.465 deliveries. BMW places no less than three nameplates inside the 2015 Top 10 – more than any other carmakers – with the big surprise being the 4 Series up to a world-best 5th place thanks to 886 salses. The 3 Series is #9 and the 1 Series #10.

Renault Scenic Luxembourg 2015. Picture courtesy largus.frThe Renault Scenic is up to #2 despite sales down 28%.

Audi (-12%) remains third but Renault (-23%) drops two ranks to 4th position. Mercedes (+5%) and Skoda (+13%) are the only other carmakers to gain ground inside the Top 10. Further down, Volvo (+11%), Mini (+10%), Land Rover (+2%), Seat (+1%), Porsche (+38%) and Jeep (+106%) also do so. Back to the models ranking with the VW Golf topping the charts again but down 13%, followed by the Renault Scenic (-28%), Audi A3 (-38%) and VW Polo (-11%). The Mercedes C-Class leaps from outside the 2014 Top 10 directly to #7.

Previous year: Luxembourg Full Year 2014: VW Golf and Audi A3 on top

Two years ago: Luxembourg Full Year 2013: 3 Premium Germans in Top 5

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Lithuania Full Year 2015: Fiat 500 improves further to 12.7% share

Fiat 500 Lithuania 2015The Fiat 500 is the best-selling nameplate in Lithuania for the 4th year running.

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It’s a very dynamic year for the Lithuanian new car market in 2015, up 18% year-on-year to 17.071 registrations, however keep in mind roughly 20-30% of all new cars registered in Lithuania are immediately re-exported to other European Union markets due to their low selling price here. Fiat beats the market (+29%) to cement its leadership position in Lithuania with 15.9% share, and in fact all the Top 6 best-selling brands improve their share, with Volkswagen (14.9%) and Toyota ((11.1%) rounding up the podium and Opel (+42%) displaying the largest year-on-year gains. Model-wise, the Fiat 500 flies off to a spectacular 12.7% market share thanks to sales up 34% to 2.168 units, a long way above the Skoda Octavia (+35%), Nissan Qashqai (+19%) and VW Passat (+103%).

Previous post: Lithuania September 2015: Fiat holds 20% market share

Previous year: Lithuania Full Year 2014: Fiat 500 shoots up to 11.2% share

Two years ago: Lithuania Full Year 2013: Fiat 500 remains best-seller, or is it?

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Syria Full Year 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads market down 43%

Hyundai Elantra Syria 2015Hyundai places the Elantra at #1 in Syria in 2015.

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Today we can share with you for the first time on BSCB complete annual data for Syria. This is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find this data anywhere else. As the country is torn apart by a seemingly never-ending civil war that is now involving almost every power in the world, the part of the country still controlled by the government continues to communicate new car sales data, information that seems futile in such a devastating context. Understandably, the Syrian new car market is down 43% on a year ago to 14.065 new registrations in 2015.

Kia Frontier Syria 2015

The Kia Frontier is up 34% to 2nd place.

Only five carmakers continue to operate in the country – one less than in 2014 – the most successful being Hyundai albeit going from a gigantic 72.9% share a year ago to a more ‘reasonable’ 53.4% due to sales imploding at -58%. On the other hand, Kia is down just 2%, resulting in a much improved share going from 26.7% to 45.5%. All three other manufacturers (Nissan, Mazda and Subaru) sell less than 100 units each.

Nissan Sentra Syria 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Sentra is the best-selling non-Korean nameplate in Syria this year.

Over in the models ranking, from eight nameplates selling over 1.000 units in 2014 we are down to just four in 2015. The Hyundai Elantra holds onto the pole position despite sales down 51% to 3.025, holding an imposing 21.5% market share. The Kia Frontier manages to see its deliveries up 34% to #2 and the Sportage is up 58% to #3 but it’s all bad news below them: the Hyundai Tucson, Accent, i10 and Kia Sorento all fall apart. The Nissan Sentra – new to 2015 – is the best-selling non-Korean nameplate at #17 with a meagre 50 units sold.

Previous post: Syria 1st Quarter 2015: Hyundai Elantra, i10 and Kia Sportage lead

Previous year: Syria Full Year 2014: Hyundai tops market in crisis

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Jordan Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Elantra

Hyundai Accent Jordan 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Hyundai Accent is the best-selling car in Jordan in 2015.

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The Jordanian new car market is feeling a little shaky in 2015: down 11% to 61.727 registrations. Following the exact same pattern as in Lebanon, Korean carmakers Hyundai and Kia are falling out of fashion (both are down 32%) fast whereas Toyota (+40%) and Mitsubishi (+119%) take off. Hyundai still leads the market by far with 21.268 sales but its (still very imposing) 34.5% share pales in comparison with the 45.1% it commended just a year ago. Toyota goes from 14.1% penetration in 2014 to 22.2% and Kia drops from 24.2% to 18.6% while Mitsubishi shoots up from 4.4% to 10.9%. Some very significant structural changes at play here. Notice also Lexus up 70% and 5 spots to #6, Mazda up 20%, BMW up 28%, Land Rover up 53%, Suzuki up 112% and Honda up 143%.

Toyota Land Cruiser Jordan 2015The Toyota Land Cruiser surges up 141% to #5. 

The Hyundai supremacy still presides over the top of the models ranking, but 2015 could be the last time it does so. Leader in 2014, the Elantra loses over half its sales (-51%) to drop to 2nd place at 5.215 deliveries while the Accent edges past to #1 thanks to volumes up 23% to 5.711 and 9.3% share. The Japanese herd is catching up fast: the Mitsubishi Lancer EX is up 240% to #3 – reiterating a similar performance across the Middle-Eastern region and instantly becoming a blockbuster here, the Toyota Hilux up 25% to #4 and the Land Cruiser up 141% to #5. The Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup (+417%), Hyundai Starex (+172%), Nissan Patrol (+100%) and Mitsubishi Pajero (+110%) also shine.

Previous post: Jordan 1st Quarter 2015: Hyundai Elantra and Accent in control

Previous year: Jordan Full Year 2014: Hyundai Elantra best-seller

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Lebanon Full Year 2015: Toyota Yaris and Mitsubishi Lancer EX triumph

Toyota Yaris Lebanon 2015. Picture courtesy drivearabia.comThe Toyota Yaris dislodges the Hyundai i10 as the best-selling nameplate in Lebanon. Picture drivearabia.com

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The Lebanese new car market is up a satisfying 5% year-on-year in 2015 to 55.399 registrations, and local tastes are slowly but surely retreating from Koran fares here: Toyota shoots up 31% to 14,694 sales and 26.5% share vs. 21.1% a year ago and Nissan is up 5% to 6.713 and 12.1% whereas Kia drops 17% to 8.459 and 15.3% and Hyundai implodes at -39% to just 6.184 deliveries and 11.2% share vs. 19.2% last year. Notice also Chevrolet up 17%, Renault up 18%, BMW up 42%, Land Rover up 46%, Ford up 68% and Suzuki up a whopping 105%.

Mitsubishi Lancer EX Lebanon 2015Lebanese Mitsubishi Lancer EX sales shoot up 133% year-on-year in 2015. 

The models ranking is completely reshuffled compared to a year ago. In 2014 the sals charts were clearly dominated by the Hyundai i10 at 11.6% share and the Kia Picanto at 7.9%. But it’s a completely different story this year: the Toyota Yaris leaps 92% to take the overall lead with 4.155 deliveries and 7.5% share, and is followed by the Mitsubishi Lancer EX shooting up 133% and 10 spots to 3.074 units and 5.5%, in line with the nameplate’s fantastic year in the whole of the Middle East. The Toyota Land Cruiser also more than double its volumes year-on-year (+102%), landing at a fantastic 4th place. On the other hand the Kia Picanto is down 30% to #3 and the Hyundai i10 down 55% to #5.

Toyota Land Cruiser Lebanon 2015The Toyota Land Cruiser is up 102% to 4th place overall.

Further down, notice the Nissan Patrol up 74% to #9, the Kia Cerato up 89% to #13, Nissan X-Trail up 108% to #16, the Renault Sandero up 211% to #18 and the Lexus LX up 99% to #26. Not many newcomers come trouble the top of the ladder, with the Suzuki Ciaz the most successful of them at a decidedly shy #80 and 115 units, above the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #100, the Suzuki Vitara at #107, Jaguar XE at #112 and Land Rover Discovery Sport at #117.

Previous post: Lebanon 1st Half 2015: Kia sovereign above Toyota and Hyundai

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Yemen Full Year 2015: Toyota Motor at 74.2% share in market down 65%

Toyota Hilux Yemen 2015. Picture courtesy saudishift.comThe new generation Toyota Hilux (pictured) hasn’t reached Yemeni shores yet.

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Sent into disarray by the civil war that is currently raging in the country, the Yemeni new car market loses 2/3 of its 2014 volume in 2015: down 65% to just 7.760 registrations. The Toyota Group continues to obliterate the market with its namesake brand holding a world-best 71.8% share (-67%), with Lexus at 2.2% (-57%) and Daihatsu at 0.2% (-72%). Hyundai remains at a very distant 2nd place with 6.4% share (-69%) but Nissan leaps five spots to #3 thanks to sales down just 11% due to a surge in Patrol volumes (+44%), bypassing Suzuki (-69%), Kia (-66%), Land Rover (-32%), BMW (-61%) and Isuzu (-58%).

Yemen. Picture courtesy tabizine.jpSana’a, Yemen

Ford goes completely against the grain, jumping from just 14 deliveries a year ago to 45 this year (+221%), earning the American carmaker a spot in the Top 10 even though its volumes remain minuscule at 0.6% market share. The models ranking is logically dominated by Toyota with the Hilux best-seller with a mammoth 27.3% market share (-60%) followed by the Land Cruiser Pickup at 16.5%, the Land Cruiser at 15.9% and the Prado at 5.7%. The Nissan Patrol (#5), Kia Optima (#13) and BMW X3 (#30) are the only nameplates in the Top 30 to improve their volumes year-on-year. The Toyota F Cruiser is up to a world-best 7th place thanks to sales down just 24% to 161 units and 2.1% share.

Previous post: Yemen 1st Quarter 2015: Toyota obliterates the market at 81.6% share

Previous year: Yemen Full Year 2014: Hilux leads in Toyota-ruled market

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Laos Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux dominant, local Daehan trucks surprise

Toyota Hilux Laos 2015The Toyota Hilux holds 28.5% of the Lao new car market in 2015.

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For the first time in the history of BSCB we have complete annual data for Laos: 52.825 new light vehicles found a buyer in the country in 2015. Sales are dominated by Toyota at 41.4% market share, but in 2nd place we have a surprise: Daehan. The Daehan brand was launchd by a Hyundai/Kia dealership called Kolao Holdings founded by a Korean but registered as a Lao company. Under this brand, 1 tonne CKD pickup trucks are assembled locally to great success: the Super-1 pickup launched in September 2013 and the D-100, D-150, D-200 and D-T1 have followed since, adding up to 9.303 sales and a gigantic 17.6% market share in Laos in 2015…

Daehan Super-1 Laos 2015. Picture courtesy hellodd.comLocal brand Daehan shoots up to a splendid 17.6% share in 2015.

This means Toyota and Daehan add up to 59% of the Lao market in 2015. Way below we find Hyundai (4.5%), Chevrolet (3.9%), Dongfeng and Nissan (both at 3.6%). Chery (#10), JAC (#12), BYD (#13), Foton (#16), Geely (#17), Great Wall (#18) and GAC Gonow (#20) all fit within the Top 20 with Chinese manufacturers holding 12.3% of the Lao market this year. The Toyota Hilux is ultra-dominant, even more so than in neighbouring Thailand where it is manufactured: it holds a gargantuan 28.5% of the Lao market all on its own in 2015, distancing the Toyota Hiace (9.7%), Daehan D-100 (6.6%), Daehan Super-1 (6%) and Dongfeng mini pickup (3.3%). Notice also the Ford Ranger at #8, the Chery QQ at #10, Foton Tunland at #15 and Geely Panda at #25.

Previous post: Laos 9 months 2015: Toyota Hilux and local Daehan trucks dominate

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Myanmar Full Year 2015: Suzuki Super Carry and Toyota Hilux on top

Suzuki Super Carry Myanmar June 2015As expected, the Suzuki Super Carry leads the Myanmar sales charts in 2015.

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For the first time in the history of BSCB we can share with you complete annual sales data for Myanmar. Very exciting times indeed. The data we can publish is claimed by manufacturers directly, albeit some are not sharing any figures such as BAIC or MG. When I visited the country in December 2014, I estimated the Myanmar new car market at no more than 3.000 units over the Full Year 2014. If that was correct, it means the overall Myanmar new car market has doubled in size in the space of a year, an evolution that would be in line with the fast-paced economic growth the country has experienced since opening up to the world a couple of years ago. 6.086 new passenger cars found a buyer in Myanmar in 2015, and as it is the case in virtually all of South-East Asia, Toyota is king here with an imposing 18.4% market share above Suzuki (9.4%) and Kia (9.1%).

The Toyota Hilux ranks #2 in Myanmar in 2015.

Ford and Hyundai round up the Top 5 while Chery leads the Chinese charge at #6 above Jinbei (#9), Dongfeng (#10), Lifan (#11), King Long (#16), Chana (#17) and Changhe (#18). Model-wise, the Suzuki Super Carry – assembled locally – is the best-selling nameplate in the country with 9.4% share, above the Toyota Hilux (7.1%), Ford Ranger (4.6%) and Toyota Hiace (4.4%). Popular in the touristic areas such as the Bagan valley, the Jinbei Haise ranks at a world-best 5th place just above the Chery QQ.

Previous post: Myanmar 9 months 2015: Suzuki Super Carry leads, Jinbei Haise #5

Previous year: Myanmar Full Year 2014: The best-sellers

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