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For the very first time on BSCB I can share with you official car sales data for Iraq where 16.581 new light vehicles found a buyer over the First Quarter of 2015. This makes Iraq the 7th largest market in the region below Saudi Arabia (211.444), the UAE (101.676), Israel (80.000), Oman (47.894), Kuwait (40.772), Qatar (25.154) and Bahrain (18.006) but above Jordan (13.288), Lebanon (11.368), Syria (4.998) and Yemen (4.811). Kia is the clear leader in Iraq with almost one in every two cars sold in the country going to the Korean Manufacturer. It is followed by Toyota (23.1%), Hyundai (20.9%) with American Chevrolet and Ford rounding up the Top 5 well below 10% share.
The best-selling vehicle in Iraq so far this year is the Kia Frontier (aka Bongo) with a gargantuan 18.6% market share, dominating another pickup, the Toyota Hilux at 11.4%. The Kia Sorento reaches its best ranking in the world at a stunning third place thanks to 1.629 sales and just under 10% market share, with Kia also placing the Sportage and the Cerato inside the Top 10. Hyundai for its part has four reps in the Iraqi Top 10 over the First Quarter of 2015: the Tucson, Elantra, Accent and Santa Fe.
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Full Q1 2015 Top 10 models and Top 5 brands below.