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Bangladesh: Toyota Corolla and Noah most popular – or is it the Mitsubishi Pajero?

Toyota Corolla

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UPDATE: Thanks to the hard work of Myk I can now share with you more information about car sales in Bangladesh. And this market is booming, with 4,500 brand new cars sold in 2010 compared to 3,000 in 2009 and 2,050 in 2008. And surprise in the brands ranking: Mitsusbishi grabs a mammoth 45% of the tiny market with 2,025 units, followed by Toyota at 945 and 21% and Nissan at 585 and 13%. Could the Mitsubishi Pajero lead the models ranking while the Corolla is everywhere on the roads?

Mitsubishi Pajero

The explanation is simple: on top of the 4,500 new cars imported in Bangladesh in 2010, there were 25,500 'reconditioned' imported vehicles sold that year, down from 26,350 in 2009. These came mostly from Japan and potentially included lots of Toyotas, being the source of most cars on Bengali roads. It is to be noticed that sales of reconditioned vehicles were only 8,500 in 2006, up to 10,244 in 2007 and 14,942 in 2008.

High taxes imposed on Indian imports make the Bengali car market very different to its neighbour India. Japanese brands do not suffer from high import taxes and as a result Toyota holds 80% of the market and should in all likelihood place the Corolla in pole position by far, a feat that would be absolutely impossible in India due to its high price there.

Toyota Noah

Another element to take into account is that the Bengali car market is only just starting to blossom, with the car still an extravagance only reserved to the elite, therefore having a ‘luxury’ car (in the region's standards) on top of the sales ranking kind of makes sense.

Toyota Premio

The other Toyotas successful in Bangladesh are the Noah, Voxy, Allion and Premio. This is not a foolproof estimation and is only based on observation of recent YouTube videos of the streets of the capital Dhaka, so if you have more precise information please ensure you get in touch by commenting on here!

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  1. BooBoo
    August 31st, 2014 at 10:40 | #1

    Bangladesh is becoming a junkyard for used Japanese cars.
    These Bangladeshi also import engines and body part cannibalised from other
    cars into Bangladesh. No japanese car maker will ever set up a large plant in Bangladesh tomake new cars becuasethe economics arent on favor. Its a small market. Japanese carmakers tacilty encourage export of used home market cars to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Africa, so Japan stays clean. The Japanese mans garbage is
    a Bangladeshi mans luxury ride. Suggest India also cleanses itself of polluting old bombs by shipping them to Bangladesh. Indians can empty their trash bin in Bangladesh and the average Bangladeshi will be only too happy.

  2. Tanzid Hakim
    April 9th, 2014 at 21:35 | #2

    We Bangladeshi people believe that Japanese cars are best in world and that is why we love to import and buy any kind Japanese Domestic market vehicles make of Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Daihatsu, Isuzu, Hino etc.
    These cars are much more reliable and long-lasting than any so called new car import from India, Thailand, Indonesia which are imported by big business group like Navana, Nitol, Rangs, Pacific Motors etc. in Bangladesh.
    We believe that if Govt. make a rules to only import Japanese Domestics Market well auctioned graded reconditioned cars, vans, mpv, suv, buses, trucks and assemble or manufacture by joint venture by Japanese company then country can save more dollars than now and free of wastage of Indian so called new cars.

  3. tasniha arefin
    March 21st, 2014 at 04:23 | #3

    allion my favourate car

  4. R.Raghuvansh
    April 19th, 2013 at 23:56 | #4

    Yeah, the Corolla is a nobody in India..but it’s not that expensive because its locally assembled here. So it escapes- to a certain extent- the horribly high import duties in the country. And it’s somewhat popular, anyway..

  5. August 9th, 2012 at 09:04 | #5

    Mitsubishi Pajeros and Landcruiser Prados arrive in large numbers from Japan as reconditioned cars. Progoti Industries I belive has a venture with Mitsubishi for assembling the Pajero SUV. Although India helped Bangladesh gain independence, from Pakistan, the average bloke is fairly anti India which is why they would buy anything from anywhere save India.

  6. Maruf
    August 5th, 2012 at 14:00 | #6

    Actually that third pic with the silver car on the twisty road is not a Allion. Its a Toyota Premio. Mechanically both of them are the same, just different headlights and tail lights.

    • matgasnier
      August 5th, 2012 at 16:11 | #7

      Thanks Maruf, I have amended the caption.

  7. Paul
    March 31st, 2012 at 14:11 | #8

    Thats it! Its an Allion! I was wracking my brain thinking what is that thing…is it a Bluebird Sylphy? I think there actually is a Sylphy in the clip too. A few Lancers as well.

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