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The Emirati new car market is in full swing in 2012: up 49% year-on-year in May to 27,283 registrations and up 50% year-to-date to 123,486 units. While in 2011 the Toyota Corolla snatched a last minute pole position from the Toyota Hilux, this year the fight is even more intense and involves 4 Toyotas. The Land Cruiser is the most popular model in the country in May with 1,665 sales and 6.1%, ahead of the Corolla at 1,535 and 5.6%, the Hilux at 1,505 and 5.5% and the Prado at 5.1%.
In April it was a completely different story: the Prado took the lead with a brilliant 6.7% markets share and was followed by the Hilux (5.6%) and Land Cruiser (5.3%). Year-to-date in 2012, we have yet another picture with the Hilux in command at 5.7% followed by the Land Cruiser at 5.1% and the Prado and Corolla both at 4.6%. Plus in May two additional Toyotas rank in the Top 6: the Camry at #5 with a strong 3.6% share and the Land Cruiser Pick-up having a huge month at 3.3% share vs. 1.9% year-to-date and 1.5% in 2011…
Other great performers this month include the Mitsubishi Pajero up 13 spots on April to #10, the Nissan Sunny very solid at #12, the BMW X5 up 5 to #19, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 23 to #21, the Kia Rio up 7 to #33, the Hyundai Azera up to #39, the Nissan Micra up 69 ranks to #46, the BMW 6 Series up to #59 and the Renault Duster landing at #72.
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Full May 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.