error: This content is protected, please contact Matt@bestsellingcarsblog.com if you would like to license for reuse.

Saudi Arabia Full Year 2017: Toyota Camry leads for first time this decade

 The Toyota Camry is the best-selling vehicle in Saudi Arabia for the first time this decade.

* See the Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 28 years worth of Saudi Arabian Historical Data here

New car sales in Saudi Arabia, by far the largest market in the Middle-East, are down a harsh 22.3% year-on-year in 2017 to 536.767 registrations. However the Saudi new car market may be about to get a boost this year. 2017 was indeed marked by the change in the law that will authorise Saudi women to drive cars from June 2018 onwards, and the likelihood is that this change will have an impact on new car sales in the country. Our local correspondent however warns that the positive effect, although real, will be seen in the longer term after a possible initial spike as a lot of marketing dollars and cash incentives will be spent to capitalise on this new opportunity. The more immediate effect will be hired expat drivers’ jobs being slowly phased out, and well-off Saudi women taking the wheel of an already owned car rather than each and every one buying a new car. Robust sales will also depend on how fast driving schools will set up ladies specific classes to process the demand and how quickly women holding a EU or US driving license will be able to convert them into Saudi licenses. So stay tuned in 2018 for a potential uplift in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi women will be able to drive from June 2018.

In 2017 though, the picture isn’t jolly at all. Brand leader Toyota exactly follows the market at -22% to keep its share unchanged at 31.7% but immediate followers Hyundai (-34%), Nissan (-35%) and Kia (-27%) all fall faster than the market and as a result lose significant share: from 23.9% in 2016 to 20.3% in the case of Hyundai. Chevrolet (-15%) and Isuzu (-19%) manage to see their share edge up but the best performer in the Top 10 is by far Renault, going completely against the grain with a 57% surge lifting the French carmaker to #7 overall. Honda (+18%) is the only other brand to gain ground in the Top 10 whole Ram (+357%), Jeep (+222%), Aston Martin (+71%), Land Rover (+62%), Dodge (+61%), Chrysler (+25%) and BMW (+13%) post the largest increases further down.

The all-new Koleos and Talisman propel Renault up 57% in Saudi Arabia.

Model-wise, the Toyota Camry snaps the pole position for the first time this decade thanks to sales skidding down just 2% to 6.5% share, a comfortable 3.000 unit-advantage over the Toyota Hilux (-30%) remaining in 2nd place. The Hyundai Sonata (-6%) leaps up three spots to #3 overall this year while the Hyundai Accent, leader in 2016, tumbles down 44% to #4 ahead of the Hyundai Elantra (-37%) and Toyota Corolla (-33%) also both freefalling. The Mazda6 is the only Top 10 nameplate to post a significant volume gain, up 8% to #8. Outside the Top 10, the Honda Accord soars 26% and 9 spots to #11, but the heroes of the year are French: the Renault Koleos (#16) and Talisman (#20) both storm into the Saudi Top 20 for their first full year in market. The Genesis G80 is the best-selling all-new launch for 2017, followed by the Geely X7 Sport (#106) and Nissan Kicks (#107).

2005-2017 All-Make and All-Models monthly data available, as well as 1990-2004 All-Make and All-Models annual data. Contact us here for more details

Previous post: Saudi Arabia November 2017: Toyota Yaris leads in market down 20.5%

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2016: First ever crown for Hyundai Accent

Two years ago: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra on top

Full Year 2017 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

United Arab Emirates Full Year 2017: Nissan Patrol surprise leader

The Nissan Patrol outsells its archenemy the Toyota Land Cruiser to rank #1 in the UAE.

* See the Top 42 All-brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 13 years worth of United Arab Emirates Historical Data here

New car sales in the United Arab Emirates sink a steep 15.2% year-on-year in 2017 to 271.123 registrations. Toyota limits its fall to -13% and as a result climbs back above the symbolic 30% share milestone at 30.5% vs. 29.7% a year ago. Nissan does even better with a slim 1% drop triggering a 2.5 percentage point increase of its market share from 15.2% to 17.7%. Mitsubishi on the other hand falls heavily at -18% to 9% share in third place. BMW (-1%), Kia (-1%), Chevrolet (-3%), Lexus (-6%) and Honda (-13%) all beat the market in the Top 10 whereas Hyundai (-54%) and Ford (-21%) implode. Further down, Citroen (+140%), Geely (+62%), Ram (+42%), Peugeot (+38%), Volvo (+27%), Mazda (+17%) and Dodge (+8%) all impress with sizeable gains.

The BMW X5 is up to 7th place overall in the UAE.

Big event in the UAE models ranking: for only the second time in the past 8 years, a Toyota isn’t the best-seller, this honour going to the Nissan Patrol thanks to deliveries surging 36% to a sumptuous 7.8% market share, knocking its archenemy the Toyota Land Cruiser – leader in 2016 – down 3% to #2. The Toyota Hilux (-25%) rounds up the podium like in 2016, followed this time by the Toyota Prado (-6%), Mitsubishi Lancer EX (-21%) and Toyota Camry (+19%). The BMW X5 (+11%) climbs up two spots to a stunning 7th place overall and the Nissan Kicks (#24) is the best-selling all-new launch in UAE for 2017 as is the case in most Middle-Eastern markets. It is followed here by the Mazda CX-3 (#130), Geely X7 Sport (#140) and Range Rover Velar (#146).

Geely sales are up 62% in the UAE in 2017, partly thanks to the new X7 Sport aka Boyue.

All make and All models 2005-2017 monthly data available. Contact us here for more details.

Previous post: United Arab Emirates November 2017: Nissan Patrol strong leader

Previous year: United Arab Emirates 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser takes control

Two years ago: United Arab Emirates 2015: Mitsubishi Lancer EX shoots up to #1

Full Year 2017 Top 42 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Oman Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser snaps top spot off Hilux

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the best-selling vehicle in Oman for the first time since 2011. 

* See the Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 13 years worth of Oman Historical Data here

The Omani new car market is down 7.3% year-on-year in 2017 to 145.651 registrations. Toyota maintains its stranglehold on the market by evolving like it at -7% to a gargantuan 49.5% share. Nissan shoots up 45% to gain almost seven percentage points of market share, going from 12.3% in 2016 to 19.2% this year. Meanwhile  Hyundai freefalls 31% to see its penetration drop from 10.2% to 7.5% in just one year. Kia is up 10% and one spot to #4, toppling Lexus (-17%), while Isuzu (-44%), Mitsubishi (-6%), Mazda (-8%) and Jeep (-24%) all camp on their positions. Honda edges up 2% and breaks into the Top 10 brands at #10. All other brands present in Oman endure steep declines bar Aston Martin (+200%), Chrysler (+98%), Maserati (+14%) and Hino (+7%). Genesis lands at a very shy 37th place with just 18 units sold.

The Nissan Juke is up 88% to #6 in Oman in 2017.

Excellent year for the Toyota Land Cruiser up 15% and three spots on 2016 to snap the Omani models pole position with a sizeable 9.1% market share, dislodging last year’s leader the Toyota Hilux down 15% to 8.8%. The Nissan Patrol surges 69% and two ranks to #3, overtaking the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup (-24%) and Prado (-34%). The Nissan Juke is up 88% and 10 spots to #6, the Toyota RAV4 up 51% to #8, the Nissan Sunny up 174% to #9 and the Toyota Camry up 37% to #10. Other great gainers include the Toyota Prius (+193%), Previa (+103%), Nissan Sentra (+78%), Kia Optima (+61%), Sportage (+61%), Nissan X-Trail (+36%), and Toyota Fortuner (+33%). No new launch makes it to the Top 50 in 2017, with the Nissan Kicks the most popular at #64 ahead of the Mazda CX-3 (#92) and Geely GC6 (#127).

2005-2017 All-Make and All-Models monthly/annual data available. Contact us here for more details.

Previous post: Oman November 2017: Toyota holds 54% share in market down 13.9%

Previous year: Oman Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux overtakes Land Cruiser Pickup to #1

Two years ago: Oman Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser P/up edges past Hilux

Full Year 2017 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Kuwait Full Year 2017: Toyota Prado celebrates 7 years on top

The Toyota Prado celebrates 7 consecutive years at #1 in Kuwait.

* See the Top 42 All-brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 13 years worth of Kuwait Historical Data here

After dropping 26% in 2016, the Kuwaiti new car market loses another 11.5% in 2017 to 101.772 registrations. Toyota doubles the market fall at -22% and sees its share thaw from 33.2% in 2016 to 29.4% now, still almost three times the amount of the #2, Mitsubishi surging 18% to go from 7.5% of the market to a round 10% and knocking Nissan (-17%) down to #3. Toyota seems to have absorbed most of the market’s decline as Honda (+47%), Ford (+38%), GMC (+10%), Chevrolet (+9%) and Kia (+3%) all post healthy gains in the Top 10. Hyundai (-38%) isn’t that lucky. Further down, Dodge (+64%), SAIC (+47%), Ram (+37%), Suzuki (+31%), Cadillac (+18%), Jeep (+16%) and Acura (+12%) also shine.

The Mitsubishi Pajero soars 22% to climb to 2nd place overall. 

Model-wise, the Toyota Prado celebrates 7 consecutive years in the Kuwaiti pole position despite a steep 19% drop to 8.8% share. That’s still a very comfortable advantage on the Mitsubishi Pajero up 22% and three spot to #2 at 4.8%, followed closely by the Toyota Camry (-23%) and Toyota Land Cruiser (-1%). The Chevrolet Tahoe edges up 5% and gains three ranks to round up the Top 5 ahead of the Toyota Corolla (-21%), Nissan Patrol (-30%) and Toyota Hilux (-50%). The Kia Sportage is up 12% to climb up to #10, the Nissan X-Trail is up 22% to #12, the Nissan Sunny is up 117%, the Dodge Charger up 92% and the Honda Civic up 366%. The Nissan Kicks is the only all-new launch to manage a Top 50 ranking this year at #47, well above the MG360 (#93), Dodge Neon (#129) and Range Rover Velar (#130).

2005-2017 All-Make and All-Models monthly/annual data available. Contact us here for more details

Previous post: Kuwait November 2017: Toyota Prado at 13.3% in market down 9.3%

Previous year: Kuwait Full Year 2016: Toyota Prado and Camry top market down 26%

Two years ago: Kuwait Full Year 2015: Toyota Prado crosses 10% share milestone

Full Year 2017 Top 42 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Qatar Full Year 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol dominate

The Toyota Land Cruiser remains the most popular vehicle in Qatar. 

* See the Top 40 All-brands Top 40 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 13 years worth of Qatar Historical Data here

The Qatari new car market freefalls 29.3% year-on-year in 2017 to just 51.135 registrations. Brand leader Toyota falls slightly faster than the market at -32%, resulting in a reduced by still ultra-dominant market share of 31.8%. That’s still almost double the #2, Nissan down 23% to go from 14.8% last year to 16.1% now. Mitsubishi falls 33% in third place, whereas Kia is down just 3% and up one spot to #4. The best performer in the Top 20 is by far Hyundai up a gigantic 96% and 6 ranks on its 2016 score to land in 5th place with a round 5% share. Lexus (-24%) and Chevrolet (-22%) remain at #6 and #7 respectively while Ford (-45%) and Honda (-38%) register the largest drops in the Top 10. Below, Lincoln (+98%), Ram (+64%), Mazda (+9%) and Cadillac (+1%) are the only other carmakers in market to post a year-on-year increase. Genesis lands at #32 above Volvo and Jaguar.

The Nissan Patrol is up 20% to 2nd place in Qatar in 2017. 

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Land Cruiser is the best-seller for at least the 7th consecutive year despite deliveries down 27% that however result in a slightly improved market share at 12.5%. The Nissan Patrol surges 20% and four spots to land in 2nd place, dislodging the Toyota Hilux (-44%). The Lexus LX (-24%) gains one spot to #4, overtaking the Toyota Prado (-37%) with the Mitsubishi Pajero (-30%), Lancer EX (-50%) and Nissan Navara (+96%) in tow. The Ford F-Series jumps 6% and 6 spots to #15, the Hyundai Accent is up 241% to #16 and the Hyundai Elantra up 88% to #17. The Nissan Kicks is the best-selling new launch for 2017 at #34, well ahead of the Range Rover Velar (#80) and Genesis G80 (#153).

2005-2017 All-Make and All-Models monthly/annual data availableContact us here for more details

Previous post: Qatar November 2017: Land Cruiser #1, Ford Explorer up to #3

Previous year: Qatar Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser towers above competition

Two years ago: Qatar Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser sails off to 10.2% share

Full Year 2017 Top 40 All-brands and Top 40 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Lebanon Full Year 2017: Toyota Prado & Land Cruiser on top, Datsun #10

The Toyota Prado remains the best-selling vehicle in Lebanon.

* See the Top 40 All-brands and Top 40 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 8 years worth of Lebanon Historical Data here

The Lebanese new car market is down 2.7% year-on-year in 2017 to 50.820 registrations. The Top 5 best-selling carmakers remain unchanged on 2016: Toyota (+9%) improves its share to 33%, but Kia (-7%), Nissan (-21%), Hyundai (-4%) and Renault (-18%) all lose ground. Below, Suzuki (+18%), Mazda (+12%) and Chevrolet (+11%) impress but it’s Datsun that posts a stunning performance: directly at #10 with 1.7% share for its first full year in market. Further down, Land Rover (+69%), GMC (+48%), Honda (+44%), Jaguar (+34%), Citroen (+27%) and Infiniti (+24%) post some of the most spectacular year-on-year gains for 2017.

In the space of one year, Datsun has become a Top 10 brand in Lebanon. 

The Toyota Prado is the best-selling vehicle in Lebanon for the 2nd year running with deliveries shooting up 40% thanks to the new models to hit a gargantuan 12.1% share. It is followed by the Toyota Land Cruiser up 28% to 10.6% while the Kia Picanto is up one spot but down 10% to #3. The Kia Rio (+5%), Toyota Yaris (-48%), Hyundai i10 (-13%) and Nissan Patrol (-31%) follow. The Renault Duster is up 41% to #13, the Datsun mi-DO ends its first full year in Lebanon at a splendid 18th place while the Nissan Kicks (#21) and Toyota C-HR (#24) top the list of 2017 new launches, ahead of the Suzuki Baleno (#33), Mazda CX-3 (#43), Datsun on-DO (#48) and Range Rover Velar (#67).

Lebanon 2010-2017: All Make and All Models monthly/annual data available. Contact us here for more details

Previous post: Lebanon November 2017: Kia Rio leads, Datsun shines

Previous year: Lebanon Full Year 2016: Toyota Prado snaps top spot

Two years ago: Lebanon Full Year 2015: Toyota Yaris and Mitsubishi Lancer EX triumph

Full Year 2017 Top 40 All-brands and Top 40 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Jordan Full Year 2017: Kia Frontier takes control at 14.5% share

The Kia Frontier is the new best-seller in Jordan.

* See the Top 35 All-brands and Top 40 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 8 years worth of Jordanian Historical Data here

After being in negative for most of the year, the Jordanian new car market finally edges up 0.6% year-on-year in 2017 to 45.184 registrations. Big change in the brands ranking: both Hyundai (+5%) and Kia (+30%) overtake 2016 leader Toyota (-28%) and the two Korean sister brands end the year only 96 sales away from each other and the only ones above 10.000 units. Below, Mitsubishi (+18%), Nissan (-7%), Isuzu (-7%) and Chevrolet (+4%) hold onto their ranking as does Lexus even though the Japanese premium brand surges 5% on 2016. Land Rover (+324%) posts by far the largest gain in the Top 15, with Honda (+62%), Volkswagen (+42%), GMC (+40%), BMW (+13%) and Suzuki (+12%) also shine.

The Hyundai Sonata shoots up 4-fold to #3 overall in 2017.

Model-wise, the Nissan Frontier (+73%) takes control, seeing its share bump up to 14.5% and passing the Toyota Land Cruiser (-34%) while the Hyundai Sonata is up 4-fold and 11 spots to leap to #3 overall. The Hyundai Elantra (-25%) is down two ranks to #4, the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup is up 103% and 8 spots to #5 ahead of the Mitsubishi Lancer EX (+22%), Hyundai Tucson (-10%) and Kia Sorento (+24%). The Hyundai Ioniq ends its first full year of sales at #9, and the Kia Niro and Nissan Kicks co-lead all 2017 launches at equal #40.

Jordan 2010-2017: All Make and All Models monthly/annual data available. Contact us here for more details

Previous post: Jordan November 2017: Kia Frontier at 24.9%, Hyundai Ioniq up to #6

Previous year: Jordan Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser takes control, market down 27%

Two years ago: Jordan Full Year 2015: Hyundai Accent edges past Elantra

Full Year 2017 Top 35 All-brands and Top 40 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Bahrain Full Year 2017: Land Cruiser holds onto #1, market down 25.6%

The Toyota Land Cruiser is the best-selling vehicle in Bahrain in 2017. 

* See the Top 40 All-brands and Top 40 models by clicking on the title *

Consult 13 years of Bahrain Historical Data here

New car sales in Bahrain are down a steep 25.6% year-on-year in 2017 to just 36.627 registrations. Toyota falls slightly faster than the market at -28% but its share remains at an untouchable 39.4% share, over 4 times the amount of #2 Nissan, also down 28% to 9.4%. Hyundai resists a little better at -19% and sees its share climb to 8.9% but the best performer in the Top 10 is Kia in 4th place, actually managing a sales increase at +9% to 5.8%. Mazda (-1%), Chevrolet (-3%), Honda (-13%) and Mitsubishi (-16%) also improve their share whereas Lexus (-35%) and Isuzu (-42%) do not. Further down, Ram (+346%), SAIC (+161%), Geely (+77%), Peugeot (+23%), Volvo (+19%), Chrysler (+17%), Mini (+17%), Cadillac (+9%), Suzuki (+9%) and Dodge (+8%) all post year-on-year gains.

The Toyota Prado remains in 2nd place in Bahrain.

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Land Cruiser lodges a 4th consecutive annual win despite a 20% sale drop which actually improves its market share to 9.8%. The Toyota Prado (-17%) follows in 2nd place like in 2016 while the Toyota Corolla (-14%) is up one spot to #3, the Toyota Yaris (-4%) is up three to #4 and the Hyundai Accent (-16%) is the best-selling non-Toyota in Bahrain for 2017 followed by the Nissan Sunny (+28%) and Hyundai Elantra (-10%). The Kia Cerato shoots up 34% to #14, the Kia Sportage is up 30% to #15 and the Nissan Kicks is the best-selling new launch for the year at #18 ahead of the Mazda CX-3 (#80) and Geely X7 (#115).

2005-2017 All-Make and All-Models monthly/annual data available. Contact us here for more details.

Previous post: Bahrain November 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser leads, up 88%

Previous year: Bahrain Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado on top

Two years ago: Bahrain Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser hits 10% share

Full Year 2017 Top 40 All-brands and Top 40 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Iraq Full Year 2017: Kia Frontier up to 32.1% share in recovering market

One in three new vehicles sold in Iraq in 2017 is a Kia Frontier.

* See the Top 20 All-brands and Top 30 models by clicking on the title *

Consult seven years worth of Iraqi Historical Data here

After dropping 44% in 2015 and 48% in 2016, new car sales in Iraq have turned the corner in 2017 with a sizeable 17.5% jump to 33.825 units. Kia is more dominant than ever thanks to deliveries surging 46% to 48.8% share, whereas Toyota sees its share drop three percentage points to 18.6% due to sales up just 1%. Nissan gains 20% to overtake Hyundai (-37%) while Chevrolet (+36%) rounds up the Top 5 like in 2016. Suzuki (+414%), GMC (+191%) and BMW (+42%) also shine near the top while Renault appears at #10.

The Sorento (#5) helps Kia reach almost 50% market share in Iraq in 2017. 

Model-wise, the Kia Frontier is the best-seller for at least the 4th year in a row, significantly improving its footprint thanks to sales shooting up 94% to 32.1% share, one in three vehicles sold in Iraq. The Toyota Hilux (+37%) is back above the Kia Sportage (-20%) to hold the #2 spot while the Hyundai Tucson soars 58% and three spots to #4 and the Kia Sorento is up 14% to #5. The Nissan Navara (#7), Chevrolet Cobalt (#10), Nissan Patrol (#13) and Suzuki Swift DZire (#16) also shine while the Renault Duster (#21) and Nissan Kicks (#25) make a solid appearance in the Iraqi charts.

Iraq 2011-2017: All Make and All Models monthly/annual data available. Contact us here for more details

Previous post: Iraq November 2017: Kia Frontier #1, Chevrolet Cobalt up to #2

Previous year: Iraq Full Year 2016: Kia Frontier and Sportage outsell Toyota Hilux

Two years ago: Iraq Full Year 2015: Kia Frontier outsells Toyota Hilux for #1

Full Year 2017 Top 20 All-brands and Top 30 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register

Syria Full Year 2017: Hyundai Tucson snaps lead in market down 11%

The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Syria in 2017. 

* See the Top 5 All-brands and Top 20 All-models by clicking on the title *

Consult five years worth of Syrian Historical Data here

After dropping 45% in 2015 and 36% in 2016, the Syrian new car market slows down its fall in an extremely challenging context at -11% in 2017 to 7.978 registrations. Hyundai chokes the market with a 14% year-on-year gain to 66.8% share while sister brand Kia is down 38% to 32%, the two Koreans holding an obliterating 98.8% of Syrian sales for 2017 vs. 98.5% a year ago. Nissan (-18%) falls below 100 annual sales. The Hyundai Tucson doubles its deliveries year-on-year to hit 26.5% share, followed by the Kia Sportage (+7%), Hyundai H1 (+135%) and Hyundai Elantra (-42%), all three nameplates above 10% share. The best-selling non-Korean nameplate is the Nissan Patrol at #13 (+18%). The Genesis G90 makes its appearance at #18.

Syria 2014-2017: All Make and All Models monthly data available. Contact us here for more details

Previous post: Syria August 2017: Hyundai Tucson dominates market down 23%

Previous year: Syria Full Year 2016: Kia Frontier tops market down 36%

Two years ago: Syria Full Year 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads in market down 43%

Full Year 2018 Top 5 All-Brands and Top 20 All-models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.

This content is for 1 Year members only.
Log In Register
Search