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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Malaysia Full Year 2015: First year of reign for the Perodua Axia

Perodua Axia Malaysia 2015. Picture courtesy thestar.com.myThe Perodua Axia spends its first full year in Malaysia at #1.  

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For the first ever time on BestSellingCarsBlog we can share with you an All-models ranking for Malaysia. Whereas the year-to-date total was still lagging behind 2014 after 11 months, a last minute surge at 69.401 registrations in December has made 2015 the sixth consecutive year above 600.000 annual sales and the 4th record year in a row at 666.674 registrations, up  minuscule 0.02% or 187 units on 2014. This result was achieved despite adverse market conditions including the introduction of the Goods & Services Tax (GST) in April, the weakening of the local currency the ringgit and the slump in oil prices having a big impact to the country’s economy.

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Passenger cars drive the market in 2015 with a 0.5% improvement from 588.348 to 591.298 while commercial vehicles drop 3.5% from 78.139 to 75.376. However among CVs pick-ups show a much more dynamic behaviour at +3% to 55.115 units, now representing 73% of all commercial vehicles sold in Malaysia in 2015.

Proton Iriz Malaysia June 2015. Picture courtesy topgear.comThe Proton Iriz breaks into the Malaysian Top 10 for its first full year in market.

According to data released by the Malaysian Automobile Association (MAA), the volume of vehicles produced locally rose by 3% to 614,664 units or 92.1% of the vehicles sold. In comparison, in 2014, 89.4% of all the news vehicles sold were produced in Malaysian factories. MAA predicts a drop in 2016 of 2.5% to 650.000 units, but the association is optimistic in 2017 at +3% to 669.500 units before reaching 717.400 units in 2020.

Brand-wise, there are two main heroes in Malaysia in 2015. First, local carmaker Perodua crossed the 200.000 annual unit mark for the first time in history with sales up 9% to a record 213.307 units and 32% share vs. 29.3% a year ago. Archevbemy Proton, once #1 in Malaysia, now sells less than half Perodua’s volumes, down 12% to 102.175 deliveries, and has even started falling below Honda and Toyota on a monthly basis…


Thanks to the arrival of the HR-V landing directly at a fantastic 9th place with 21.117 sales despite a February launch, Honda shoots up 22% to an all-time best 94.902 sales, for the first time overtaking Toyota down 8% to 93.760. Nissan (+18%) and Mazda (+26%) follow with spectacular gains as well, while Isuzu (+2%) bypasses Ford (-13%) and Mitsubishi (-23%). Mercedes is up a brilliant 56% and four spots to break into the Top 10 brands in Malaysia in 2015.

Proton Saga Malaysia July 2015. Picture courtesy funtastickodesign.wordpress.comThe Proton Saga loses the battle to #2 to the Perodua Myvi in 2015.

Launched in September 2014 and #1 here ever since, the Perodua Axia logically takes the lead of the Malaysian models ranking with a whopping 101.879 sales and 15.3% share, putting an end to one decade of domination of the Perodua Myvi, down 34% to #2 and 54.166 units this year. The Axia replaces the Perodua Viva which was Malaysia’s best-seller before the Myvi entered the scene in 2005. The Axia is also Malaysia’s most affordable car, it is a rebadge of the Toyota Agya/Daihatsu Ayla manufactured in Indonesia and sold in the Philippines as the Toyota Wigo. Fighting for #2 all year, the Proton Saga ends up losing the battle to the Myvi at 53.825 units (-4%) but stays above the Perodua Alza (-9%). The Honda City (+13%) becomes the best-selling foreigner in the country, overtaking the Toyota Vios (-6%) while the Proton Iriz spends its first full year in market inside the Top 10.

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Vietnam Full Year 2015: Toyota Vios stays #1, Mazda3 up 3-fold to #6

Toyota Vios Vietnam 2015. Picture courtesy of livelifedrive.comThe Toyota Vios is up 50% to keep the Vietnamese top spot in 2015.

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After shooting up 43% in 2014, the Vietnamese new car market accelerates even further in 2015, gaining  an incredible 55% to a record 244.914 registrations. Thanks to particularly strong sales of heavy vehicles that it sells in joint-venture with local company Thaco, Kia is up 81% to take the lead of the brands ranking at 59.518 sales vs. 50.285 (+23%) for Toyota. Ford (+48%), Mazda (+116%), Honda (+28%) and Chevrolet (+43%) show diverse fortunes but all hold onto their ranking year-on-year.

Mazda3 Vietnam 2015. Picture courtesy thanhniennews.comThe Mazda3 is up a fantastic 171% year-on-year in Vietnam.

Model-wise, the Toyota Vios gains 50% to remain in the top spot for the second consecutive year with 13.761 sales, losing only scraps of market share at 5.6%, whereas immediate followers Toyota Innova (+26%) and Fortuner (+14%) lose significant share. Just below, the Ford Ranger (+81%), Kia Morning (+87%) and, most impressively, the Mazda3 (+171%) display spectacular year-on-year gains in 2015 to leap up the ladder to #4, #5 and #6 respectively. The Mazda CX-5 (+63%), Ford Ecosport (+145%), Kia Rio (+482%), Mazda6 (+153%) and Mazda2 (+191%) also shine.

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Thailand Full Year 2015: Hilux holds onto #1 in market down 10%

Toyota Hilux Revo Thailand May 2015. Picture courtesy autodeft.comThe Toyota Hilux remains #1 despite sales down 17%.

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2015 is the third consecutive year of recession of the Thai new light vehicle market, with a further 10% dropped after -8% in 2013 and -33% in 2014, pulling annual sales from 1.32 million units to just under 800.000 in the space of two years. Thai sales have now bottomed out, with November (+5%) and December (+12%) the first year-on-year gains in 29 months. Despite its first overahaul in a decade, the Toyota Hilux sheds a worrying 17% off its 2014 score to 120.112 deliveries, only 1.390 more than the Isuzu D-Max (-8%). In December, the D-Max even slaughtered the Hilux at 16.841 sales vs. 9.902.

Isuzu D-Max Thailand 2015The Isuzu D-Max improves its market share to 14.9%.

The Toyota Yaris remains the best-selling passenger car in the country despite freefalling (-31%) at a similar rate as its two pursuants, the Toyota Vios (-26%) and Honda City (-25%). The Thai market structure is moving towards a lot more SUVs – in line with a worldwide trend: the Toyota Fortuner is boosted up 54% by the new generation launched in July, reaching a best-ever 6.671 sales in December when it ranked #3 overall and the Honda HR-V lands at a spectacular 7th place for its first full year in market, peaking at #4 in June.

Toyota Fortuner Thailand August 2015. Picture courtesy bangkokpost.comThe Toyota Fortuner ranked #3 in August, September, October and December…

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport Thailand November 2015…while its archenemy the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport was #3 in November with 7% share.

But the most impressive result is without a doubt delivered by the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, whose previous generation was never a hit, but suddenly surged to third place overall and 7% market share in November, the highest share hit by a passenger car since Thailand became the pickup factory of the world. Far from being a fluke, the Pajero Sport confirmed this exceptional score in December with a record 5.465 sales and 5.5% share. Other great performers this year include the Mazda2 up 3-fold to #13 thanks to the launch of the sedan variant, the Nissan X-Trail up to #24 and Ford Everest up to #28.

MG5 Thailand 2015. Picture courtesy headlightmag.comMG5 – China’s MG is slowly starting to make its mark in Thailand. 

The Suzuki Ciaz is the best-selling all-new nameplate for the year but fails to really make a mark at #34 and 3.683 sales. The brand event of the year in Thailand is the settling in of Chinese carmaker MG, now assembling locally. Its MG3 lands at #37 with 3.204 sales, the MG6 remains discreet at #76 and 335 units but the MG5 launchd in November is already knocking on the Top 40’s door in December.

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Egypt Full Year 2015: Chevrolet TFR #1 again, Renault Logan up 90%

Renault Logan Egypt 2015. Picture courtesy carplace.uol.com.brRenault Logan sales almost double year-on-year in Egypt. 

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After gaining a spectacular 50% in 2014, the Egyptian new vehicle market “consolidates” in 2015 at -5% to 278.406 registrations. The Chevrolet TFR is the best-selling vehicle in the country for the 2nd straight year thanks to sales up 1% to 25.191 and 9% share, increasing the gap with its follower the antediluvian Hyundai Verna – mostly popular with taxi companies – down 12% to 21.260. Below the Nissan Sunny down 16% to 14.064 units, the best performance of the year is posted by the Renault Logan up 90% and 8 spots on a year ago to 10.665 units and 3.8% share. The new generation launched in June, and since then  the Logan hasn’t left the monthly Top 4, even peaking at #2 and 8% share in December. Renault enjoys a fantastic year with the Sandero up 126% to #14.

Chevrolet TFR Dabbabah Egypt 2015The Chevrolet TFR is #1 in Egypt for the 2nd year running. 

Other great performers in the Egyptian models ranking include the Mitsubishi Lancer EX up 70% to #7, the Chevrolet New Optra (aka Baojun 630) up to #24 and the Suzuki Ciaz up to #27 for their first full year of sales. Among newcomers for 2015, the Toyota Prado (#55), Ford Kuga (#61) and Fiat Punto (#63) are the best-sellers, while the Hyundai Tucson lands directly #67 thanks to a very promising December launch when it ranked #7 overall with 690 sales.

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Saudi Arabia Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra on top

Toyota Hilux Saudi Arabia 2015The Toyota Hilux remains the best-selling nameplate in Saudi Arabia.

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As opposed to most markets in the region, Saudi Arabia continues to grow in 2015 at +5% to 879.704 registrations. Toyota is still sovereign here of courses but sheds fractions of market share with sales up 3% to 308.492 and 35.1%, followed by Hyundai up a whopping 25% to 184.535 and an outstanding 21% of the market vs. 17.6% a year ago. Isuzu is up 16% to 57.706, bypassing Kia (-8%) and Nissan (-13%) while Ford remains in 6th place despite sales down 2% to 46.715. Mazda delivers the best performance of any Top 20 carmakers with volumes up 85% to land in 8th place. Notice also – in order of sales – Renault up 14%, Mitsubishi up 40%, Jeep up 25%, Cadillac up 29%, Infiniti up 165%, Volkswagen up 44% and Subaru up 111%.

Renault Symbol Saudi Arabia 2015. Picture courtesy arabgt.comSuccessful launch for the Renault Symbol in Saudi Arabia.

In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux holds onto the pole position, improving its share to 7.9% thanks to sales up 5% to 69.177. However the Hyundai Elantra is catching up fast with volumes up 25% to 61.936 as is the Hyundai Accent up 19% to 55.720, both nameplates overtaking the mighty Toyota Corolla up just 7% to 53.719. The Yaris (-2% and Camry (+10%) make it four Toyotas in the Top 6. The Hyundai Sonata (+44%), Mazda6 (+73%) and Mazda3 (+515%) also shine, and the Renault Symbol (#44) and Captur (#87) lodge very satisfying scores for their first full year in market. The Renault Dokker (#110) is the best-selling newcomer followed by the Hyundai Creta (#120).

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

Mitsubishi Lancer EX UAE 2015The Mitsubishi Lancer EX is the best-selling car in the UAE in 2015.

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New car sales in the United Arab Emirates are up 4% year-on-year in 2015 to 401.922 units, and Toyota remains ultra-dominant here despite sales down 1% that bring back its market share to 31.4% vs. 33.1% a year ago. Below Nissan up 2% to 15.7% share, the most spectacular evolution is delivered by Mitsubishi up a fantastic 62% to 55.413 units and 13.8% share vs. 8.9% in 2014. Even more impressive: Mitsubishi manages to place the Lancer EX above all Toyotas in 2015 thanks to sales up a whopping 173% to 27.553. An extraordinary performance by the Japanese manufacturer. BMW is up an equally impressive 24% to gain two spot and establish itself as the #4 brand in the country, bypassing Hyundai (-18%) and Ford (+1%). Further down, Land Rover is up 11%, Infiniti up 12%, GMC up 15%, Renault and Cadillac up 22% and Subaru up 54%.

BMW X5 UAE 2015. Picture courtesy carbonoctane.comExceptional year for the BMW X5: sales up 114% to #12 overall.

Over in the models sales charts, the Toyota Hilux gets knocked down to #2 below the Mitsubishi Lancer EX despite sales up 3% and an unchanged market share at 5.3%, the Toyota Land Cruiser is up 15% to #3, the Mitsubishi Pajero up a fantastic 40% and 3 spots to #4 and the Nissan Patrol up 9% to #5. This means the Toyota Prado (-20%) and Corolla (-10%), once leaders in their segments, get pushed down the ranking to #6 and #7 respectively. The other impressive surge in the Top 20 is delivered by the BMW X5 more than doubling its sales (+114%) thanks to the new generation to land at #12 with 8.191 units.

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