Egypt August 2012: Golden Dragon Haice in Top 10!
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The Egyptian new car market is back into positive in August at +6% year-on-year to 17,458 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 123,035 units, up 11% on 2011. The Hyundai Verna hits its highest market share in at least 2 years and potentially ever in Egypyt at a mammoth 13.2% thanks to 2,301 sales, adding up to 14,308 units so far in 2012 for a 11.6% share. In fact the entire August Top 5 is identical to the 2012 year-to-date ranking with the Chevrolet TFR Single Cab (aka Isuzu D-Max) #2 with 1,669 sales and 9.6% and the Hyundai new Elantra #3 at 1,303 units and 7.5%.
But the event of the month in Egypt is the arrival within the Top 10 of a lesser known Chinese model: the Golden Dragon Haice, a minibus based on the previous generation Toyota Hiace, akin to the Jinbei Haise best-seller in North Korea under the name Pyeonghwa Samchunri. At #9 with 424 sales units 2.4% share, the Golden Eagle manages the impressive feat of being the best-selling Chinese model in Egypt this month way above the King Long XMQ (another minibus) at #20 and the Speranza Tiggo at #24,
Back to the top of the ranking with the Chevrolet Lanos and Aveo both down one spot on July to land at #4 with 1,119 sales and 6.4% and #5 with 1,042 units and 6% respectively. Excellent showing of the Skoda Octavia up 3 ranks on July to #6 and of the Toyota Hilux up 7 to #8. Notice also the Kia new Rio up 3 spots to #15, the VW new Jetta up 39 to #28 and the Peugeot 508 up 10 to #30. Chinese manufacturer Maple now places 4 models in the Egyptian ranking: the Aspire at #75, the Romeo at #101, the Escala at #103 and the new Primera at #135...
Previous month: Egypt July 2012: Renault Logan in great shape
One year ago: Egypt August 2011: Hyundai Verna and new Elantra on top
Full August 2012 Top 140 Ranking Table below.