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Gulf November 2012: Toyota Prado shines

December 25th, 2012 3 comments

Toyota Prado

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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. October highlights included the Hyundai Accent passing the Toyota Prado at #5, the Kia Cerato up to #11, the Nissan Sunny-N17 up to #13, Hyundai Santa Fe up to #19 and Lexus LX up to #22. In November, new car sales in the region are up a massive 36% year-on-year to 131,988 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 1,351,813 units, up 22% on 2011 and passing the Full Year 2011 total (1,212,797) at end-October. The models podium is unchanged on October and year-to-date: the Toyota Hilux leads with 11,844 sales and 9%, followed by the Corolla at 7,529 and 5.7% and the Land Cruiser at 6,014 and 4.6%.

Chevrolet Sonic

Helped by record showings in Kuwait and Bahrain, the Toyota Prado is up 2 spots to #4 with 5,385 units and 4.1%, just 32 above the Toyota Camry at #5 and 5,353. The Hyundai Accent is back to #6 while the Toyota Yaris is up 2 to #7 and the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up is stable at #8. The Ford Expedition enjoys its 2nd ever month in the Gulf Top 10 after last August at #10 with 2,541 sales and 1.9%. It is #11 year-to-date vs. #34 in 2011!

Renault Duster

Further down, the Nissan Patrol is up 7 spots to #17, the Mitsubishi Pajero up 22 to #22, the Chevrolet Colorado going from #171 in October to #28 in November for its first full month of sales in the region with 1,269 units and 1%, the Chevrolet Sonic up 36 ranks to #33, Chevrolet Traverse up 11 to #41, GMC Acadia up 17 to #57 and the Renault Duster up 41 to #70. Notice also the Chevrolet Trailblazer arriving at #165, the VW Polo at #202, Peugeot 208 at #212 and the Kia Quoris at #214.

Previous post: Gulf September 2012: Toyota Hilux breaks record, 7 Toyotas in Top 7

One year ago: Gulf November 2011: 9 Toyotas in Top 12!

Full October and November 2012 Top 200 Ranking Tables below.

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Gulf: Direct fast-forward to November 2012 sales

December 23rd, 2012 1 comment

Infiniti QX56

Ldman’s Christmas present to BestSellingCarsBlog is November figures for the Gulf Cooperation Council area, one month in advance! So there will be no October updates, only November articles which will integrate October figures and commentaries. Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman will all be updated within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Gulf September 2012: Hilux breaks record, 7 Toyotas in Top 7

November 24th, 2012 2 comments

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 ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, 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).

Chevrolet Sonic and Toyota Yaris

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%.

Hyundai Santa Fe

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.

Peugeot 208

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.

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Gulf August 2012: Toyota Prado and Ford Expedition strong

October 6th, 2012 No comments

The Dodge Durango is up 42 spots on last month to rank #59 in the Gulf region.

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The Gulf Cooperation Council is composed of the sates bordering the Persian Gulf: Saudi Arabia,KuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. In August new car sales in the region are up 12% year-on-year to 116,260 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 967,782 units, up a very healthy 21% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling model for the 7th month in a row, however with 9,963 sales and 8.6% it is its first time below 10,000 units since last January. Year-to-date the Hilux is head and shoulders above the competition at 86,766 sales and 9%, almost as much as during the Full Year 2011 (87,117)

Toyota Prado

The Toyota Corolla is solid at #2 with 5,892 units and 5.1% which is also its 2012 year-to-date market share. Excellent month for the Toyota Prado, up one spot on July to land on the podium for the first time this year with 5,720 sales and 4.9% vs. 4.2% year-to-date and 2.8% in 2011. Helped by its new generation, the Toyota Camry is also up one spot to #4 at 5,011 units and 4.5%, passing the Toyota Land Cruiser down 2 to #5 with 4,848 sales and 4.2%. The Hyundai Accent and Elantra exchange positions to #6 and #7 respectively, while the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up is stable at #8.

Ford Expedition

It seems like nothing can stop the Ford Expedition this year: it is up a further 2 spots on July to sell 2,381 units (2% share) and land in a record 9th position, its first time ever in the Gulf Top 10. This is to be compared with the #100 spot and 3,219 units it sold in the USA at the same time… The Ford Expedition is only the second non-Toyota/Hyundai model to manage to break into the monthly Top 10 this year with the Nissan D22 in March. The last time a Ford ranked within the Top 10 in the region was in December 2011 when the Ford Crown Victoria was #9.

Nissan Sunny

The Kia Cerato continues to progress at #11 and 1.8% and the launch of its replacement the K3, already #10 in South Korea, should help the model reach even higher ground in the region. Nissan has a very satisfying month in the Gulf, placing 3 models in the Top 20: the all-new Sunny is up to #16 vs. #27 ytd, the Patrol is up to #17 vs. #23 and the Altima is at #20 vs. #25. Notice also the Kia Sportage up to #24 vs. #31 ytd.

Nissan Altima

Further down, the Chevrolet Malibu consolidates its #35 spot, the Lexus ES is up a magnificent 37 ranks to #36, the Mitsubishi Pajero is up 11 to #37, the Toyota Aurion up 18 to #49, the Nissan X-Terra up 44 to #51, the Dodge Durango up 42 to #59, the Nissan Micra up 64 to #76, the Honda City at #77 vs. #155 year-to-date, the BMW X6 up 42 spots to #79, the Jeep Cherokee up 57 to #80 and the Jeep Wrangler up 21 to #98. Notice also the Renault Duster at #108 and the Ford Mustang at #119.

Previous month: Gulf July 2012: Toyota Hilux and Corolla dominate, Kia Cerato up

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

Full August 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Gulf July 2012: Toyota Hilux & Corolla dominate, Kia Cerato up

September 17th, 2012 1 comment

Kia Cerato Koup

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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 2012 this region houses one of the most dynamic car market in the world: sales are up 35% year-on-year in July to 127,225 units and 22% year-to-date at 851,522. Toyota is ultra-dominant here, placing 5 models in the Top 5. In fact the July Top 5 models are identical to the 2012 year-to-date ranking: the Toyota Hilux leads the way with 12,402 sales and 9.7% share, adding up to 76,803 and 9% year-to-date.

Toyota Hilux

It is followed by the Toyota Corolla at 7,023 units and 5.5% vs. 5.1% year-to-date, the Toyota Land Cruiser with 6,027 sales and 4.7%, the Toyota Prado up one spot to #4 at 5,672 units and 4.5% and the Toyota Camry down one to #5 with 5,542 sales and 4.4%. Thanks to strong performances in Saudi ArabiaKuwait and Oman, the Hyundai Elantra is up to #6 with 3.3% share, swapping position with the Hyundai Accent #7 at 3.1%. The Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up, Toyota Yaris and Hyundai Sonata round up the Top 10 like in the 2012 ranking.

Ford Expedition

Once again extremely strong in Saudi Arabia, the Ford Expedition resists at a fantastic 11th place with 2,417 units and 1.9%, to be compared with 3,219 sales and #100 in the USA in August… Other great performers this month in the Gulf Cooperation Council include the Kia Cerato up 3 ranks on June to #12, the Nissan Sunny at #19, the Nissan Altima up 3 to #21, the Toyota RAV4 up 18 to #26, the Kia Sportage up 14 to #27, the Chevrolet Malibu up 4 to #36 and the Ford Taurus up 19 to #40.

Nissan Armada. Picture by Wajahat Mahmood, all rights reserved.

Further down, notice the Ford Fusion up 15 spots to #47, the Chevrolet Aveo up 8 to #50, the Chevrolet Sonic up 64 to #52, the Hyundai Veloster up 15 to #59, the Lexus RX up 7 to #60, the Hyundai i20 up 23 to #62, the GMC Savana up 29 to #63, the Ford Focus up 21 to #69, the Honda City up 40 to #71, the VW Touareg up 28 to #74, the Nissan Armada up 57 to #78 and the Nissan Qashqai up 51 to #83.

Previous month: Gulf June 2012: Toyota Camry and Ford Expedition up

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

Full July 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Gulf June 2012: Toyota Camry and Ford Expedition up

August 13th, 2012 1 comment

Toyota Camry

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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. The region is currently one of the most dynamic in the world, with new car sales up a huge 30% year-on-year to 126,066 units and 20% year-to-date at 724,297 units. Like in May, Toyota places 5 models in the Top 5 but in a slightly different order.

The podium stays unchanged and is composed of the Toyota Hilux at 9.8% and #1 in Saudi Arabia, the UAEQatar and Oman, totalling 12,293 or nearly double the #2, the Corolla at 5.1% share, with the Land Cruiser, #1 in Bahrain, ranking #3 overall with 4.9%. The Toyota Camry is up one spot to #4 and 4.1% share while the Toyota Prado is down one to #5 and 3.9% in spite of being #1 in Kuwait. There are 3 Hyundais (Accent, Elantra and Sonata) and 2 more Toyotas (Land Cruiser Pick-up and Yaris) in the Top 10 this month.

Chevrolet Suburban

Further down, the star of the month is the Ford Expedition, now very close to the Gulf Top 10 thanks to its exceptional performance in Saudi Arabia and in progression in all countries in the region. It ranks #11 in June with 2,518 sales and 2% share, 1.5 times higher than its 2012 year-to-date share and over 3 times its June 2011 volume… The GMC Yukon is also in great shape, up 2 spots to #14. Notice also the Nissan Sunny up 3 to #16, the Toyota FJ Cruiser and the Chevrolet Malibu both up 5 to #36 and #40 and the Dodge Charger up 5 to #45 thanks to an outstanding performance in Kuwait.

The Chevrolet Suburban is up 12 ranks to #46, the Chevrolet Traverse is up 14 to #51, the Hyundai Atos up 40 to #55, the Mazda3 up 3 to #61 vs. #74 year-to-date, the Nissan Juke up 14 to #64, the Honda CR-V at #69 vs. #86 year-to-date, the Hyundai Veloster up 10 spots to #74, the Hyundai i20 up 80 to #85 and the GMC Savana up 101 to #92,

Previous month: Gulf May 2012: 5 Toyotas in Top 5

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

Full June 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Gulf May 2012: 5 Toyotas in Top 5

July 1st, 2012 No comments

Toyota Corolla in Dubai, UAE. Picture by thephotopad, 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. The region is currently one of the most dynamic in the world, if not the most: new car sales are up a massive 33% year-on-year in May to 129,359 registrations and up 18% year-to-date to 598,231 units. This month Toyota places 5 models in the Top 5 (one more than usual). The Toyota Hilux is by far the most popular model in the region with 11,531 sales and 8.9% share in May and 52,108 and 8.7% year-to-date. It is #1 in Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.

Toyota Land Cruiser. Picture by omohat, all rights reserved.

The Toyota Corolla is up 4 spots on April to #2 with 6,829 units and 5.3%, it is also #2 year-to-date at 29,647 sales and 5% but is #1 nowhere in the region. After two months in 2nd place, the Toyota Land Cruiser is down to #3 with 6,639 units and 5.1%, ranking #1 in Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. It is followed by the Toyota Prado at 6,367 units and 4.9% (and #1 in Kuwait) and the Toyota Camry with 5,149 sales and 4%.

Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up

As usual the Top 10 is only composed of Toyotas and Hyundais and Hyundai places 3 models within the 10 favourites: the Accent is #6, the Elantra #8 and the Sonata #10. There are two more Toyotas in the Top 10: the Land Cruiser Pick-up at a very strong #7 and 3% share (vs. 2.2% in 2011) and the Yaris at #9.

Other great performers in the Top 20 include the Ford Expedition up to #12 (vs. #34 in 2011), the GMC Yukon up to #16 and the Nissan Sunny up to #19. Further down, notice the Lexus LX at #21, the Kia Sportage at #26, the Kia Optima at #28, the Hyundai Azera at #32, the Chevrolet Malibu at #45, the Chevrolet Aveo at #46 and the Renault Duster making its first appearance in the ranking at #100.

Previous post: Gulf March 2012: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser dominate

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

Full May 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Gulf March 2012: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser dominate

May 13th, 2012 2 comments

Toyota Hilux

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The Gulf Cooperation Council is composed of the sates bordering the Persian Gulf: Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, QatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Car sales in the region are very robust in this start of the year, up 9% year-on-year in March to 122,854 units and up 13% year-to-date at 346,024 registrations. The Toyota Hilux, now fully recovered from supply issues related to the Thailand floods, is more dominating than ever, grabbing a formidable 10% share of the region’s overall market thanks to 12,344 units sold this month, its highest volume in at least 18 months and possibly ever. It tops the rankings in 3 of the 6 countries of the region: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Oman where it holds a 14.5% share.

Toyota Land Cruiser

In second place we find the icon of the region, or ‘the Pride of the Land’ as Toyota calls it: the Toyota Land Cruiser, up from #4 in February with 7,217 sales and an excellent 5.9% share. This progression is due to fantastic results in Qatar where it leads with 15.4% share, the highest share of any model in any country in the region this month, in Bahrain where it also is in pole position with 9.2% and in the UAE where it ranks #2. The Land Cruiser is now #3 year-to-date at 16,119 units and 4.7% vs. #4 over the Full Year 2011. The Toyota Corolla and Camry follow at 4.8% and 3.7% respectively, with the Camry still getting organised as the new generation spreads around dealership across the region.

Infiniti FX

#3 last month, the Hyundai Accent is down to a still excellent 5th spot in April and is #4 year-to-date with 14,200 sales and 4.1%. Very strong in KuwaitBahrain (#2 each time) and Oman where it delivers its highest share at 8.7%, the Toyota Prado is #6 overall with 3,942 sales and 3.2%. The Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Yaris and Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up follow while the Nissan D22, surprise leader in Kuwait this month and #3 in Qatar, rounds up the Top 10.

Range Rover

Other great performers this month include the Ford Expedition very solid again at #17, the Lexus LX up 11 spots on February to #19, the Toyota Innova up 17 to #27, the Dodge Charger up 6 to #46, the BMW 5 Series up 28 to #52, the Hyundai Veracruz up 36 to #67, the Ford Focus up 34 to #68, the Range Rover up 48 to #73, the Lexus GS going from #229 with 5 sales to #78 with 266 units, the Infiniti FX up 55 ranks to #84, the Kia Frontier up 58 to #89 and the Ford Fiesta up 100 spots to #121.

Previous month: Gulf February 2012: Toyota Hilux reclaims leadership

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

Full March 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Gulf February 2012: Toyota Hilux reclaims leadership

April 15th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Hilux

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is composed of the states bordering the Persian Gulf: BahrainKuwaitOmanQatarSaudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates. In February car sales in the region are up a massive 19% year-on-year to 117,199 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 223,170 units, up 15% on 2011. While in January it was still handicapped by Thai supply issues (#2 at 5.2%), the Toyota Hilux reclaims its traditional pole position in the Gulf in February with 10,689 sales and 9.1% share, its second time above 10,000 units in the last 13 months with October 2011. The Hilux also leads year-to-date at 16,178 units and 7.2%, already back to its 2011 level. The Toyota Corolla, #1 in January for the 2nd time in a row, is down to #2 this month with 5,992 sales and 5.1% and year-to-date at 12,520 units and 5.6%.

Kia Cerato

Excellent start of the year for the Hyundai Accent up to #3 both this month with 5,259 sales and 4.5%, mainly due to its performance in Saudi Arabia, and year-to-date at 4.4% share vs. 2.9% over the Full Year 2011. The Toyota Land Cruiser, #1 in Bahrain and Qatar, comes #4 in the Gulf in February with 4,860 sales and 4.1%, followed by the Toyota Prado and Camry, both at 3.5%. The Hyundai Elantra new generation is up to #7 vs.#11 in 2011 while the Hyundai Sonata is very solid at #8. Like in 2011 the entire Top 10 is composed of only Toyotas and Hyundais with the Toyota  Land Cruiser Pick-up and Yaris rounding up the ranking.

Great performers this month also include the Kia Cerato up to #11 with 1,890 sales and 1.6% vs.#17 in 2011, the Ford Expedition up to #17 vs.#34 in 2011 thanks to its 8th place in Saudi Arabia, the GMC Sierra up to #22 vs.#41, the Kia Optima up to #31 vs.#50 and the Hyundai Azera up to #35 vs.#59.

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

Full February 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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

January 27th, 2012 3 comments

Toyota Hilux

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is composed of the states bordering the Persian Gulf: BahrainKuwaitOmanQatarSaudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. 106,191 new vehicles were registered in the region in December, bringing the final 2011 total to 1,212,797 units, in between Iran and Australia. The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling model in the Gulf with 87,117 sales and 7.2% share, ranking on the podium in each country in the region and #1 in Saudi Arabia. Thai floods-related supply issues cost the Hilux the top spot in Oman, UAE and Kuwait.

Toyota Land Cruiser. Picture by Talal Al-Mtn. All rights reserved.

The Toyota Corolla comes in 2nd place at 63,668 units and 5.2%, ranking #1 in UAE, #2 in Bahrain and #3 in Saudi Arabia. The Toyota Camry rounds up the Gulf’s podium making it 100% Toyota with 60,656 sales and 5% share. It is #2 in Saudi Arabia and #3 in Kuwait. An icon in the region, the Toyota Land Cruiser is #4 at 56,628 units and 4.7%, finishing first in Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.

Hyundai Accent

Best-selling non-Toyota in the region, the Hyundai Accent has a fantastic first year in 5th place with 35,244 sales and could aim at a 2012 podium finish in Saudi Arabia. The next 3 models are all Toyotas, making it 7 Toyotas in the Top 8! The Toyota Prado, #1 in Kuwait, ranks 6th in the region at 34,556 units ahead of the Toyota Yaris and Land Cruiser Pick-up. In fact, the entire Top 13 is composed of either Toyotas or Hyundais…

Chevrolet Tahoe

Very solid year for the Hyundai Sonata at #9 with 26,136 sales, followed by two generations of Hyundai Elantra at #10 and #11. The Chevrolet Tahoe is the best-selling US vehicle at #14, ahead of the Ford Crown Victoria at #15 and GMC Yukon at #19. Further down the ranking, notice the Lexus LX at #38, BMW 7 Series at #56, Lexus ES at #57, Mercedes S Class at #67 and Porsche Cayenne at #75. 211 units of the US $300,000+ Bentley Continental Flying Spur were sold in the region this year.

Bentley Continental Flying Spur

In December, with the Hilux incapacitated by supply issues, the Toyota Corolla takes the lead for the first and only time this year with 7,812 sales and 7.4%, ahead of the Toyota Camry at 5.6%, Land Cruiser at 4.8% and Hyundai Accent at 3.9%. Notice the new gen Hyundai Elantra at #8, the Ford Crown Victoria up to #9, the Nissan Patrol up to #20 and the GMC Sierra up to #23.

Previous month: Gulf November 2011: 9 Toyotas in Top 12!

Full Year 2011 Top 120, December and every Monthly Top 100 Ranking Tables below.

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