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Gulf June 2014: Toyota Corolla now #2 year-to-date

July 25th, 2014 4 comments

Kia Cerato GCC June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Kia Cerato is up to #17 in the region this month.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council area includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. New car sales in the region are up a very impressive 17% year-on-year in June to 147,198 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 872,466 units, up 12% on 2013. To give these figures a bit of perspective, let’s point out they slide in-between Italy (128,270/761,842) and France (196,257/958,776) – that’s how significant the new car market in this region is. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux logically reigns supreme at 12,251 sales and 8.3% share and the Toyota Corolla, #2 in June at 7,838 units and a strong 5.3% share, is now also #2 year-to-date (4.6%), overtaking the Toyota Prado (4.5%), down to #4 in June. The Toyota Land Cruiser for its part steps onto this month’s podium at #3 and 6,059 sales.

Toyota Yaris Gulf June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Yaris

The Hyundai Elantra is stable in 5th place and remains the best-selling non-Toyota model in the region thanks to a particularly strong score in Saudi Arabia (#2), while the Toyota Yaris benefits from the new model to pass the Toyota Camry and Hyundai Accent and rank 6th in June. The Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan D22 pick-ups round up the Top 10 as they do year-to-date. Further down, let’s salute the good performances of the Isuzu D-Max up to #12 vs. #16 year-to-date, the Hyundai Santa Fe up to #14 vs. #19, Kia Cerato up to #17 vs. #20, Kia Rio up to #22 vs. #26, Nissan Altima up to #26 vs. #30 and Renault Duster up to #30 vs. #47.

Audi S8 Gulf June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comAudi S8

The Toyota Avanza breaks into the Top 100 at #93 (#214 year-to-date) as it launched this month in most parts of the region as does the Dodge Dart at #108. Other particularities of this wealthy region is the good rankings (sometimes world-best) of expensive models. As such let’s notice the BMW 7 Series at #66, the Porsche Cayenne at #76, Mercedes S-Class at #85, Lexus LS at #117 and Audi A8 at #135.

Previous post: Gulf March 2014: Nissan Patrol slices ranking in two vs. 2013

One year ago: Gulf June 2013: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra in charge

Full June 2014 Top 250 models Ranking Table below.

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Gulf March 2014: Nissan Patrol slices ranking in two vs. 2013

May 27th, 2014 2 comments

Nissan Patrol VVIP Gulf March 2014. Picture courtesy of drivearabia.comThe Nissan Patrol VVIP Special Edition is only available in the Gulf region.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council area includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. New car sales in the region are up a robust 11% year-on-year in March to 154,406 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 430,774 units, up 6.5% on 2013. This month Toyota monopolises the Top 5 with the Hilux head and shoulders above the competition at 12,039 sales and 7.8%, reaching the #1 spot in 3 out of the 6 countries composing the region (Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman). The Toyota Prado, #1 in Kuwait and Bahrain, holds the second spot both this month with 6,825 units and 4.4% and year-to-date at 20,334 and 4.7%.

Toyota Yaris Gulf March 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Yaris

Logically, the last model to manage a top spot ranking this month, the Toyota Land Cruiser (#1 in Qatar), rounds up the March podium with 6,577 sales and 4.3% share but ranks 4th year-to-date at 18,613 units. The Toyota Corolla ranks 4th with 3.7% share and is now threatened by its lil sis the Toyota Yaris, boosted by the new generation sedan and a beautiful 2nd spot in Saudi Arabia this month, totalling 5,628 sales and 3.9% in the region. The Yaris passes both the Hyundai Elantra (#6) and Accent (#7) once again the most popular non-Toyota models in the region.

Toyota Land Cruiser PradoThe Toyota Prado is the 2nd best-seller in the region so far in 2014.

The Nissan Patrol is the best performer in the Top 10 with sales up a huge 97% compared to March 2013 in 9th place with 4,187 sales and 2.7% share vs. #18 in 2013, while its year-to-date total is up 71% on 2013 to 9,543 units at #11. The Chevrolet Tahoe is also performing really well at #11 this month and #15 year-to-date vs. #20 last year. The Hyundai Santa Fe benefits from the arrival of the ‘Grand’ model to climb to #16 in March and #17 year-to-date vs. #23 in 2013, and the Nissan Altima is up 7 spots on February to #23.

Jaguar XJ Gulf March 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comJaguar XJ

Further down, let’s salute the Nissan Micra up a massive 86 ranks on February to #53, the Nissan Maxima up 61 to #60, Mitsubishi Lancer Fortis up 42 to #68, Dodge Challenger up 77 to #86, Chevrolet Traverse up 47 to #93 and Jaguar XJ up 67 to #116. A few newcomers start to get noticed: the Mitsubishi Attrage is up from #204 in February to #99 this month, the Maserati Ghibli is up from #249 to #165, the Infiniti Q50 up from #256 to #191, Chevrolet Trax up from #308 to #234, the BMW 2 Series landing at #281 and the Renault Twizy at #302.

Previous post: Gulf January 2014: Nissan Patrol almost in Top 10

Previous year: Gulf Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux down, Corolla and Prado up

Full March 2014 Top 300 models Ranking Table below.

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Gulf Cooperation Council: 2005-2013 Historical Data soon available

May 19th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux Gulf 2013. Picture courtesy of FlickrThe Toyota Hilux is king of the desert in the Middle-East… Picture by 3zoz_1

2005-2010 Historical data for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is in the process of being compiled. Please come back soon to check it out! The links to the annual articles for the past 3 years are below.

Gulf Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux, Corolla and Camry on top

Gulf Full Year 2012: Toyota Hilux, Corolla and Land Cruiser rock on

Gulf Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux down, Corolla and Prado up

Gulf January 2014: Nissan Patrol almost in Top 10

March 18th, 2014 1 comment

Nissan Patrol Gulf January 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Persian Gulf is the only region in the world where the Nissan Patrol still sells in significant numbers.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council area includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. After gaining 10% in 2013, new car sales in the region are up a further 4% year-on-year in January to 135,717 registrations. Toyota monopolises the Top 4 with the Hilux on top thanks to 9,202 sales and 6.8% followed by the Prado (5.1%), Corolla (4.8%) and Land Cruiser (4.4%). Weirdly, whereas it brilliantly tops the Saudi sales charts, the Hyundai Elantra is down one spot on its FY2013 ranking this month to #5.

Hyundai Santa Fe Gulf January 2014Hyundai Santa Fe

Nissan has a great month in the region: the D22 Pick-up is up 2 ranks on its FY2013 level at #8 and 3.3%, the Patrol stops just short of the Top 10 at #11 with 2% share vs. #18 and 1.3% in 2013 and the Sunny N17 is up 6 spots to #12. Notice also the Hyundai Santa Fe up 7 to #16, the Toyota RAV4 up 12 to #21, Kia Sportage up 8 to #26, Mitsubishi Lancer EX up a huge 35 ranks to #33, Hyundai i10 up 76 to #48, GMC Savana up 95 to #59 and the Chevrolet Impala up 47 to #68.

Previous post: Gulf Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux down, Corolla and Prado up

One year ago: Gulf February 2013: Toyota Hilux #1, RAV4 creeps up

Full January 2014 Top 200 models Ranking Table below.

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Gulf Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux down, Corolla & Prado up

March 12th, 2014 4 comments

Toyota Hilux Gulf 2013. Picture courtesy of FlickrThe Toyota Hilux is still king of the desert in the Middle-East… Picture by 3zoz_1

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The Gulf Cooperation Council area includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, and is one of the most dynamic car markets in the world: up a fantastic 10% year-on-year (or 140,000 units!) to 1,632,908 registrations. This brings the region at roughly the same level as markets like France (1.79 million) or Canada (1.74 million). Toyota is ultra dominant here, monopolising the models podium and placing 9 models inside the Top 12! The Hilux remains the most popular vehicle in the region but sees its sales drop by 5% this year to 129,101 units and 7.9% share, over one percentage point below its 2012 market share. Reversely both the Toyota Corolla up 20% to 95,308 units and Prado up 21% and 2 spots on 2012 to 71,701 sales make significant progress in 2013, with the Prado snapping up the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Bahrain markets this year.

Toyota Corolla Gulf 2013. Picture courtesy of Motoringme.com…But the Toyota Corolla is catching up fast.

In 4th place the Hyundai Elantra is even more impressive, up 61% and 3 ranks year-on-year to 67,669 sales, passing the Toyota Land Cruiser (-2%), Camry (-4%) and its lil sister the Hyundai Accent (-1%). Below the Toyota Land Cruiser P/U-HT and Yaris stable at #8 and #9 respectively, the Nissan D22 Pick-up is enjoying a bit of a renaissance in the region, back up 87% and 10 spots on 2012 to #10 and 32,798 units, becoming the brand’s best-seller in the Gulf.

Chevrolet Impala Gulf 2013. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Chevrolet Impala is the 2nd most popular all-new model in the Gulf in 2013…

Other solid performers in the region this year include the Honda Accord up 25% to #13, the Nissan Patrol up 33% to #18, Hyundai Santa Fe up 26% to #23, Mitsubishi Pajero up 58% and 12 spots to #27, the Ford Taurus up 59% to #31, Lexus ES up 52% to #40 and Renault Duster up 194% to #59. Among newcomers, let’s salute the Nissan Sentra landing at #39 with 9,945 sales, the Chevrolet Impala at #115 and 2,119 units, the Hyundai i10 at #125 and 1,963 sales and the Peugeot 301 at #127 and 1,878 units.

Audi S8 Gulf 2013. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe A8 is Audi’s best-selling sedan in the Gulf…

Finally let’s point out a trend that is specific to the Middle East (and potentially Russia as well): when it comes to premium/luxury brands, the larger models tend to be the best-sellers of the range. Case in point: the Q7 and A8 are Audi’s best-sellers, the 5 and 7 Series, X5 and X6 all outsell the 3 Series in the BMW range, the Lexus LS (#111) is above the IS (#122) and Mercedes sells two S Class for each C Class that find a buyer in the region!

Previous post: Gulf July 2013: Toyota Corolla and Camry shine

Previous year: Gulf Full Year 2012: Toyota Hilux, Corolla and Land Cruiser rock on

Full Year 2013 Top 200 models Ranking Table below.

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Gulf July 2013: Toyota Corolla and Camry shine

September 30th, 2013 2 comments

Toyota Camry Gulf July 2013. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comToyota Camry

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The Gulf Cooperation Council area includes Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. New car sales in the region, currently one of the most dynamic in the world, are up 10% year-on-year in August to 139,369 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 931.116 units, up 9% or some 80,000 units on 2012… Bolstered by its pole position in the two biggest markets in the Gulf (Saudi Arabia and the UAE), the Toyota Corolla logically takes the lead in the region in July with 10,070 sales and 7.2% share, but remains #2 year-to-date at 54,184 units and 5.8% vs. an unattainable 67,899 sales and 7.3% for the Toyota Hilux, down to #2 this month at 8,516 units and 6.1%.

Nissan Altima Honda Accord Mazda6 Gulf July 2013. picture courtesy of ksa.yallamotor.comNissan Altima, Honda Accord and Mazda6

The Toyota Camry is also in great shape, up 2 spots on June to round up the Gulf podium with 6,098 sales and 4.4% vs. #6 and 3.6% year-to-date. Star of the month in June, the Hyundai Elantra is down 2 ranks to #4 and 5,857 units. The Honda Accord has a stellar month, up 5 spots on June to land in 8th position with 2,958 sales and 2.1% vs. #13 year-to-date, as do the Ford Expedition breaking into the Gulf Top 10 at #10 with 2,574 units and 1.8% vs. #17 year-to-date, and the Chevrolet Tahoe up 5 ranks to #11. Notice also the Hyundai Tucson up to #15 vs. #20 year-to-date, the Toyota Sequoia at #22 vs, #32, Lexus ES up 11 spots to #30 and the Ford Explorer up 13 to #32.

Previous month: Gulf June 2013: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra in charge

One year ago:  Gulf July 2012: Toyota Hilux and Corolla dominate, Kia Cerato up

Full July 2013 Top 250 Ranking Table below.

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10 Middle-Eastern articles now updated with more data!

August 31st, 2013 1 comment

Lamborghini Aventador Police Dubai June 2013Lamborghini sold 49 Aventador in the region so far in 2013, including one to the Dubai Police!

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For the first time on BestSellingCarsBlog, there is now brands data for the 10 Middle-Eastern articles published yesterday! The complete domination of Toyota in the region is now very clear: the Japanese manufacturer is the best-seller in all countries covered except Jordan (Hyundai) and Lebanon (Kia). When leader, Toyota’s market share ranges from 31.8% in Kuwait, 36.4% in the UAE, 40.2% in Saudi Arabia, 52,9% in Oman to an unbelievable 76.5% in Yemen! You can also now access complete year-to-date sales figures for all models covered in the June rankings.

To access all this info, click on the links below or scroll down the page and into page 2:

(in alphabetical order)

Bahrain June 2013: Toyota Prado shoots up to 13.6% share (now with Top 140 models YTD)

Gulf June 2013: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra in charge (now with Top 230 models YTD)

Jordan June 2013: Hyundai Elantra leads, 16 Koreans in Top 20! (now with Top 40 models YTD)

Kuwait June 2013: Toyota Prado leads, Chrysler 300C up to #5 (now with Top 200 models YTD)

Lebanon June 2013: Nissan Sunny and Hyundai i10 on top (now with Top 70 models YTD)

Oman June 2013: Toyota Hilux sovereign just under 13% share (now with Top 170 models YTD)

Qatar June 2013: 3 Nissans in Top 6, Patrol up to 5th place (now with Top 180 models YTD)

Saudi Arabia June 2013: Hyundai Elantra beats all Toyotas! (now with Top 200 models YTD)

United Arab Emirates June 2013: Hilux beats Prado & Land Cruiser (now with Top 240 models YTD)

Yemen June 2013: Toyota Group holds 79% of the market! (now with Top 40 models YTD)

Gulf June 2013: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra in charge

August 29th, 2013 5 comments

Hyundai Elantra Gulf June 2013The Hyundai Elantra is the best-selling passenger car in the Gulf region this month.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council is composed of the sates bordering the Persian Gulf: Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. In June, new car sales in the region are down slightly year-on-year at -0.5% to 125,382 registrations, adding up to 777,473 year-to-date, up a robust 7% on 2012. Toyota dominates the brands sales charts head and shoulders with 48,808 sales and 38.9% share in June and 310,761 and a round 40% year-to-date, followed at a distance by Hyundai at 13.7% in both rankings and Nissan at 9%. Ford is up to #4 this month thanks to 5.9% share vs. 4.9% year-to-date, passing Kia (5.1%) while Chevrolet is stable at #6 and 4.3% and GMC breaks into the Top 10 at 2.1% share. Lexus is #11, BMW #12, Audi #18. Note Renault, Mercedes and Chinese manufacturers data is unavailable.

Toyota Hilux Gulf June 2013. Picture courtesy of drivearabia.comThe Toyota Hilux is #1 so far this year the region.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux consolidates its domination this month thanks to 9,281 sales and 7.4%, very close to the 7.6% share it holds year-to-date. The big event is the arrival of the Hyundai Elantra in 2nd place overall and most significantly first place among passenger cars with 6,510 units and 5.2% share, up from #5 year-to-date and a full percentage point above its 2013 share, mainly thanks to its pole position in Saudi Arabia. The Toyota Corolla is kicked down to third place but is very close at 6,452 sales and 5.1% while the Toyota Prado remains #4 at 4.5%. The Toyota Camry takes advantage of a weak month from the Land Cruiser to climb to #5.

Ford Taurus Gulf June 2013. Picture courtesy of DriveArabia.comThe Ford Taurus is up to #21 in the region this month.

Further down, notable gainers include the Ford Expedition up to #12 vs. #21 year-to-date, the Toyota Sequoia up to #20 vs. #34, Ford Taurus up to #21 vs. #31, Ford F-Series up to #31 vs. #55, Mazda6 up to #40 vs. #59, Jeep Grand Cherokee up to #44 vs. #61 and the BMW X5 breaking into the Top 50 at #50 vs. #70 so far in 2013.

Previous post: Gulf February 2013: Toyota Hilux #1, RAV4 creeps up

One year ago: Gulf June 2012: Toyota Camry and Ford Expedition up

6 months Top 230, June Top 200 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Gulf February 2013: Toyota Hilux #1, RAV4 creeps up

April 12th, 2013 No comments

Toyota RAV4 Gulf February 2013. Picture courtesy of Motoring Middle EastToyota RAV4

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The Gulf Cooperation Council is composed of the sates bordering the Persian Gulf: Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. And it’s another very positive month for the region, with sales up 12% year-on-year in February to 131,155 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 261,138 units, up 17% on 2012. The Toyota Hilux continues to dominate with 10,186 sales and 7.8% share while the Toyota Corolla is #2 again albeit at a slightly lower level: 5.8% thanks to 7,577 units. The Toyota Prado jumps into the podium with 6,454 sales and 4.9%, relegating the Land Cruiser to #4 at 6,293 units and 4.8%.

The Hyundai Elantra is the best-selling non-Toyota model in the region once again at #5 with 5,260 sales and 4%, however the Toyota Camry now follows it, up 2 spots on January, with the Hyundai Accent down to #7, the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up up to #8 and the Toyota Yaris down to #9. The Nissan D22 is back inside the Top 10, up 6 ranks to #10, the Chevrolet Tahoe is up 13 spots to #15, Honda Accord up 4 to #20, Ford Expedition up 7 to #22 and the Toyota RAV4 is up 18 to #24.

Previous month: Gulf January 2013: Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra up

One year ago: Gulf February 2012: Toyota Hilux reclaims leadership

Full February 2013 Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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Gulf January 2013: Toyota Corolla and Hyundai Elantra up

April 1st, 2013 No comments

Toyota Corolla GCC January 2013Toyota Corolla. Picture by michiel2005, all rights reserved.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council is composed of the sates bordering the Persian Gulf: Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. After gaining a very impressive 23% over the Full Year 2012, new car sales in the region are up a further 26% year-on-year in January to 129,983 registrations, with absolutely all countries lodging 20%+ increases. This month the models podium in unchanged, with the Toyota Hilux leading the way thanks to 9,431 sales and 7.3%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla at 8,251 units and 6.3% which is a full percentage point above its FY2012 market share, potentially a result of promotions linked to the arrival of the new generation of the model later in the year.

Hyundai Elantra Gulf January 2013Hyundai Elantra

The Toyota Land Cruiser rounds up the podium with 5,996 sales and 4.6% followed by the Toyota Prado at 5,698 units and 4.4%. Hyundai places the Elantra at a brilliant 5th place with 4,686 sales and 3.6% vs. 2.8% over FY2012 and the Accent at #6 with 4,189 units and 3.2%. The rest of the Top 10 is only composed of Toyotas: the Yaris at #7 ahead of the Camry, Land Cruiser Pick-up and Fortuner. Notice also the Kia Cerato up a whopping 15 ranks on December to #13, the Nissan D22 up 6 to #16, Lexus LX up 5 to #20, Toyota Avalon up 13 to #23 and Mitsubishi Pajero up 14 to #25.

Previous post: Gulf Full Year 2012: Toyota Hilux, Corolla and Land Cruiser rock on

Full January 2013 Top 200 Ranking Table below.

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