Gulf September 2012: Hilux breaks record, 7 Toyotas in Top 7
Toyota Hilux. Picture by Abdulmalik Al-Sabeg, all rights reserved. (click to enlarge)
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The Gulf Cooperation Council is composed of the sates bordering the Persian Gulf: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. In September new car sales in the region are up a spectacular 36% year-on-year to 134,993 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,102,775 units, up a solid 23% on 2011. Boosted by a record result in Saudi Arabia, the Toyota Hilux delivers what could potentially be its highest monthly volume ever in the region at 13,910 sales and 10.3% share, up 53% on September 2011. Year-to-date, the Hilux has just broken the 100,000 units mark at 100,676 units after 9 months, an astounding result in itself and already up 16% on its Full Year 2011 result (87,117).
In fact this month the 7 most popular models in the region are all Toyotas! The Corolla stays #2 with 8,048 sales and 6% (vs. 5.2% YTD), the Camry is up one spot to #3 at 7,657 units and 5.7% (vs. #4 and 4.2% YTD), the Land Cruiser is also up one to #4 with 4,896 sales and 3.6% (vs. #3 and 4.6% YTD), the Prado is down 2 to #5 at 4,724 units and 3.5% (vs. 4.1% YTD), the Yaris up 6 spots to #6 with 3,535 sales and 2.6% and the Land Cruiser Pick-up is up one to #7 at 3,391 units and 2.5%.
The Nissan Sunny is the best-selling non-Toyota model in the region this month, up 8 ranks to #8 with 2,946 sales and 2.2%. Other great performers in September include the Hyundai Santa Fe up a huge 31 spots to #17 thanks to the new generation, the Toyota Sequoia up 14 to #26, Kia Frontier up 82 to #48, Toyota Aurion at #53 vs. #70 YTD, Chevrolet Aveo up 55 to #57, GMC Savana up 100 to #68, Hyundai i20 up 5 to #70, Ford Flex up 110 to #86 and Infiniti JX35 up to #140.
There are 4 newcomers in the ranking this month: the Chevrolet Colorado ranks #190 with 58 sales, the VW Polo is #207 with 41 units, the Peugeot 208 sells 7 units and the Kia Quoris 2.
Previous month: Gulf August 2012: Toyota Prado and Ford Expedition strong
Previous year: Gulf Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux, Corolla and Camry on top
Full September 2012 Top 200 Ranking Table below.