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Brunei Full Year 2013: Toyota and Kia on top again

January 30th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Vios Brunei 2013. Picture courtesy of Livelifedrive.comThe Toyota Vios should top the Brunei models ranking in 2013.

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To the surprise of many local industry observers, the Brunei new car market is up year-on-year in 2013, albeit by only 0.04% to 18,642 registrations. 2012 reached a 5-year high level and the market was thought to pause slightly in 2013. Not so. However with HBSC’s exit from the car financing market, 2014 is definitely forecast to be slower than 2013. Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country thanks to sales up 2% to 3,881 and 20.8% share and should place the Vios atop the models charts once again this year. After gaining 89% in 2012, Kia is back down 27% in 2013 but stays 2nd at 2,486 units and 13.3%, followed by Suzuki. BMW wins the premium race ahead of Mercedes and Lexus.

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Brunei June 2013: Toyota leads, Mitsubishi, Mazda & Ford on fire

August 14th, 2013 No comments

Ford Fiesta Brunei June 2013. Picture courtesy of autoblog.comFord Fiesta. Ford sales are up a gigantic 173% year-on-year in Brunei in June…

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After reaching 5 year-high levels in 2012, the Bruneian new car market marks a pause this year, down 4% year-on-year in June to 1,586 registrations and down 3% year-to-date to 9,227 units. Brand-wise, Toyota leaves Kia in the dust in June thanks to sales down just 1% to 357 units and 22.5% share vs. 249 and 15.7% for Kia, down a harsh 29% year-on-year. Suzuki remains on the third step of the podium with 138 sales and 8.7%, up 16% year-on-year. Notice also Mitsubishi up 110% to #4, Mazda up 171% to #7, Mercedes up 88% to #8, Proton up 100% to #9 and Ford up 173% to #10. Finally, note that Brunei ranks 9th in the world in terms of vehicles per capita, with 2.65 people per vehicle…

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Brunei Full Year 2012: Market at highest in 5 years

March 25th, 2013 No comments

2013 Kia Cerato Brunei 20122013 Kia Cerato. Kia sales are up 89% year-on-year in 2012.

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In 2012 Bruneian new car sales are up a whopping 28% year-on-year to 18,634 registrations. This is the highest level for the Bruneian market in 5 years, to be compared with 14,555 in 2011, 13,600 in 2010, 12,360 in 2009 and 14,731 in 2008. After a slow start at the beginning of the year due to the Thailand flood where Toyota vehicles exported to Brunei are manufactured, Toyota has retained its crown of most popular brand in the country with 3,817 sales and 20.5% market share, down from 22.2% in 2011.

Kia, leader early in the year, stays #2 at 3,397 units and 18.2% but nearly doubled their sales compared to 2011, up a huge 89% year-on-year. Suzuki rounds up the podium with 1,699 sales and 9.1%, followed by Hyundai at 1,647 and 8.8%, up 49%. BMW leads the luxury segment with 404 sales and 2.2%, only just ahead of Mercedes at 399.

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Brunei 2012: Toyota Vios and Kia Cerato most popular

November 3rd, 2012 1 comment

Toyota Vios

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Thanks to Rutger, I am adding a 171st country/territory to BSCB: Brunei! Officially the Nation of Brunei, the Abode of Peace, Brunei is located on the island of Borneo, counts just over 400,000 inhabitants and is ranked by Forbes as the 5th richest nation in the world due to its extensive petroleum and natural gas resources. Figures released by the Brunei Automobile Traders Association (BATA) show that in September 1,358 new cars found a buyer in the country, adding up to 14,288 so far in 2012.

Kia Cerato

This figure is unusually high as sales traditionally decline after hitting a peak in August for the Ramadan period (1,722 units sold this year) and struggle to pass the 1,000 annual units up until the end of the year as households start saving for the end-of-year holiday season, says The Brunei Times. Toyota is the most popular brand in the country in September 2012 with 281 sales and 20.7% share, followed by Kia at 215 and 15.8%, Suzuki and Nissan both at 118 units and 8.7% and Hyundai at #5 and 6.9%.

Kia Sportage

Model-wise, the Toyota Vios is the best-selling car in Brunei this month with 189 sales, above the Kia Cerato at 98 units, with the Kia Sportage and Suzuki Swift also very successful.

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Brunei 2011: Toyota, Kia and Suzuki dominate

January 26th, 2012 No comments

Kia Cerato. Kia sales are up 67% in 2011 in Brunei

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The Brunei new car market is up 7% year-on-year in 2011 to 14,555 registrations compared to 13,589 in 2010. Toyota dominates the market with 3,235 sales and 22.2% share, however sales of the Japanese manufacturer are down 16% on 2010 when it held 28.3% of the Brunei market. Reversely, Kia is up by a massive 67% this year to #2 with 1,797 units and 12.3%, followed by Suzuki at 1,559 sales and 10.7%, up 21%.

Models-wise, the Toyota Vios should be the best-selling car in Brunei in 2011, however in December the Kia Rio was #1 with 65 sales and 4.7% share vs. 63 and 4.6% for the Vios.

Full Year 2011 Top 6 Brands Ranking Table below.

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