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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is composed of the states bordering the Persian Gulf: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 106,191 new vehicles were registered in the region in December, bringing the final 2011 total to 1,212,797 units, in between Iran and Australia. The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling model in the Gulf with 87,117 sales and 7.2% share, ranking on the podium in each country in the region and #1 in Saudi Arabia. Thai floods-related supply issues cost the Hilux the top spot in Oman, UAE and Kuwait.
Toyota Land Cruiser. Picture by Talal Al-Mtn. All rights reserved.
The Toyota Corolla comes in 2nd place at 63,668 units and 5.2%, ranking #1 in UAE, #2 in Bahrain and #3 in Saudi Arabia. The Toyota Camry rounds up the Gulf’s podium making it 100% Toyota with 60,656 sales and 5% share. It is #2 in Saudi Arabia and #3 in Kuwait. An icon in the region, the Toyota Land Cruiser is #4 at 56,628 units and 4.7%, finishing first in Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.
Best-selling non-Toyota in the region, the Hyundai Accent has a fantastic first year in 5th place with 35,244 sales and could aim at a 2012 podium finish in Saudi Arabia. The next 3 models are all Toyotas, making it 7 Toyotas in the Top 8! The Toyota Prado, #1 in Kuwait, ranks 6th in the region at 34,556 units ahead of the Toyota Yaris and Land Cruiser Pick-up. In fact, the entire Top 13 is composed of either Toyotas or Hyundais…
Very solid year for the Hyundai Sonata at #9 with 26,136 sales, followed by two generations of Hyundai Elantra at #10 and #11. The Chevrolet Tahoe is the best-selling US vehicle at #14, ahead of the Ford Crown Victoria at #15 and GMC Yukon at #19. Further down the ranking, notice the Lexus LX at #38, BMW 7 Series at #56, Lexus ES at #57, Mercedes S Class at #67 and Porsche Cayenne at #75. 211 units of the US $300,000+ Bentley Continental Flying Spur were sold in the region this year.
In December, with the Hilux incapacitated by supply issues, the Toyota Corolla takes the lead for the first and only time this year with 7,812 sales and 7.4%, ahead of the Toyota Camry at 5.6%, Land Cruiser at 4.8% and Hyundai Accent at 3.9%. Notice the new gen Hyundai Elantra at #8, the Ford Crown Victoria up to #9, the Nissan Patrol up to #20 and the GMC Sierra up to #23.
Previous month: Gulf November 2011: 9 Toyotas in Top 12!
Full Year 2011 Top 120, December and every Monthly Top 100 Ranking Tables below.