Iraq: Hilux, Accent and Great Wall Deer in the lead?
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Next country in line to be put under the spotlight: Iraq! The Iraqi car market is a pretty difficult one to approach, with not much recent YouTube video material to draw upon and no clear and apparent winner in the sales. So I will venture a very rough speculation, that would see the Toyota Hilux, Hyundai Accent and Great Wall Deer (an old gen Hilux) dominate the new vehicle sales rankings.
The Toyota Corolla, Chevrolet Aveo, 2005 Hyundai Sonata (probably imported from Egypt), Toyota Camry, Nissan Sunny and Great Wall Sailor (an old gen Nissan Frontier) are also strong in Iraq. The Chinese brand Great Wall is indeed making some great inroads in the country. Interestingly, the Iranian-built Iran Khodro Samand and Peugeot 405 also seem to have some success.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Iraqi market got flooded by European second-hand imports when import laws were relaxed, the result being 90’s Opel Astras, Vectras, and Omegas swarming the streets of Baghdad and the biggest Iraqi cities.
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