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

The Kia Sportage climbs to 2nd spot overall in Iraq in 2016. 

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Car sales in Iraq continue to struggle: after a 44% drop in 2015, the market falls a further 48% in 2016 to just 28.788 registrations. Market leader Kia roughly follows the market at -51% to a gargantuan 39.4% share vs. 41.6% a year ago, followed by Toyota at 21.6% (-41%), Hyundai at 15.8% (-56%) and Nissan at 11.3% (-30%). Chevrolet (-56%) and Ford (-21%) also see their ranking unchanged and are the only other brands commanding over 1% market share. Among smaller-volume brands, only BMW (+26%) and Volkswagen (+273%) post positive results.

Nissan Pickup Iraq April 2016The Nissan D22 is back inside the Iraqi Top 10.

The Kia Frontier remains the best-selling nameplate in the country for the third year in a row with sales down 41% improving its share to 19.5%, making Iraq only the second market worldwide to crown this pickup alongside Syria. The Kia Sportage gains two spots to #2 thanks to deliveries down just 32% to 7.6% share, knocking the Toyota Hilux down to #3. The Toyota Land Cruiser is up four spots to #4, the Nissan D22 Pickup reappears in the ranking at #8, the Nissan Sunny is up 25% to #13, the Chevrolet Cruze up 221% to #14, the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup up 14% to #15, the Chevrolet Tahoe up 279% to #20 and the Hyundai Creta up 440% to #27.

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Toyota HIlux Iraq June 2013Toyota Hilux in Iraq, June 2013. Picture courtesy of Khaled Farhad (click to enlarge).

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Iraq 2016: Kia Frontier and Sportage outsell Toyota Hilux

Iraq January-July 2016: Kia Frontier and Sportage top market down 51%

Kia Frontier Iraq July 2016. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is more dominant than ever in Iraq at 17.5% market share… 

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The Iraqi new vehicle market is logically impacted by the continuing conflict at the north of the country with sales down 51% year-on-year over the first seven months of 2016 to just 16.913 units. Kia skids down even faster than the market at -61% and sees its market share lose 10 points from 47.1% to 37.3%, still ultra-dominant though. Toyota drops ‘just’ 50% to improve its share slightly to 20.9% and reclaims the 2nd spot off Hyundai down 62% to 16.6%. Reversely,  Nissan surges 145% to 4th place and Ford leaps 72% to 5th. Land Rover (+9%), Jaguar (+14%) and Volkswagen (+50%) are the only other gainers among the 16 brands having registered at least one sale in Iraq over the period.

Kia Sportage Iraq July 2016…followed by the Kia Sportage at 7.4%. 

Model-wise, despite tumbling down 53% – only slightly more than the market – the Kia Frontier actually tightens its grip on the sales charts with a mammoth 17.5% share vs. just 7.4% for its most immediate follower, the Kia Sportage down 48%. The Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup surges 6 spots year-on-year to land on the third step of the podium thanks to sales down just 15%. The Toyota Hilux, #2 a year ago, dives 66% to #4 and is now threatened by the Nissan Patrol Pickup at #5. The Kia Sorento suffers particularly at -74%, going from #3 a year ago to #7 in 2016. Going against the grain are the Nissan Sunny (+118%), Chevrolet Cruze (+277%), Nissan Urvan (+442%) and Hyundai HR Truck (+481%).

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The Iraqi new car market plunges by 46% year-on-year over the first four months of 2016 to just 11.732 registrations. Market leader Kia falls faster than the market at -60%, resulting in a much reduced market share, still at a towering 36.3% though. At #2, Toyota is down 55% to 18.2% share, selling only 20 units moe than Nissan – a company that didn’t report sales in Iraq a year ago. Hyundai (-64%) and Chevrolet (-48%) also fall hard, while Ford (+158%) and Land Rover (+235%) flourish. In the models ranking, the Kia Frontier is the most popular by far with 19.2% share and despite a 43% drop: its only adversary last year, the Toyota Hilux, is down by 73% to #4. Nissan has hit the bullseye with its D22 Pickup in Iraq: it lands directly at #2 with 7.8% share, above the Toyota Land Cruiser at 6.6%. Kia completes the Top 6 with the Sportage and Sorento, while the Chevrolet Cruze surges to #12 vs. #35 a year ago.

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Iraq Full Year 2015: Kia Frontier overtakes Toyota Hilux for #1

Kia Frontier Bongo Iraq March 2015. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is the best-selling vehicle in Iraq in 2015.

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Today we can share with you for the first time on BSCB complete data for Iraq. This is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find this data anywhere else. After gaining significant ground over the past years, the Iraqi new car market is hit full frontal by the troubles in its northern regions destabilising the country. Sales are down 44% year-on-year to 55.152 units, dominated once again by Korean manufacturer Kia down slower than the market at -28% resulting in a much improved 41.6% market share vs. 32.7% a year ago. Below, Toyota (-58%), Hyundai (-50%) and Nissan (-57%) all lose market share. Chevrolet (-33%) and Ford (-44%) follow, while Land Rover (-3%) and Renault (+3442%) see their share shoot up but remain below 1%.

Kia Sorento Iraq 2015. Picture courtesy drivearabia.comThe Kia Sorento ranks at a world-best third place in Iraq this year.

In the models ranking, the Kia Frontier goes against the negative grain an improves its volume by 2% to 9.448 units for a gigantic 17.1% share, stepping into the Iraqi pole position and frankly overtaking the Toyota Hilux down a devastating 66% to just 4.157 units and 7.5% vs. 12.398 and 12.6% a year ago. Note previous erroneous reports had the Kia Frontier at #1 in 2014. The Kia Sorento (-34%) and Sportage (-40%) hold onto their position at #3 and #4 respectively, with the Kia Cerato, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota Land Cruiser breaking into the 2015 Top 10. Notice also the Toyota Prado up 7% and 10 spots to #10, the Chevrolet Spark landing directly at #15, the Chevrolet Silverado at #17 and the Aveo at #20.

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Iraq 1st Quarter 2015: Kia Frontier and Toyota Hilux best-sellers

Kia Frontier Bongo Iraq March 2015. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is the best-selling vehicle in Iraq so far in 2015.

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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.

Kia Sorento Iraq March 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Kia Sorento hits its best ranking in the world in Iraq at #3.

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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Iraq Full Year 2014: First ever official data shows Kia Frontier #1

Kia Frontier Bongo Iraq March 2015. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comKia Frontier

The Kia Frontier is the best-selling vehicle in Iraq in 2014. Source: Manufacturers.

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Note: We have been asked whether some OEM’s were officially selling new cars in ISIS-controlled parts of Iraq. This information is extremely difficult to both come across and verify, so for now we will limit ourselves to official Iraqi data which will be published as and if it becomes available.

Iraq June 2013: Now available with brand new Photo Album!

Hyundai Sonata Iraq June 2013Iraq street scene, June 2013. Picture courtesy of Khaled Farhad (click to enlarge).

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A few month ago, Jerome shared some very interesting pictures of the streets of Erbil in Iraq, which showed that the Toyota Hilux, Kia Cerato and Hyundai Sonata, Elantra, Accent and Tucson could be dominating the Iraqi sales charts. Today I can share with you a little more detail about the Iraqi car market, thanks to Khaled Farhad who was kind enough to share his Photo Album from his recent trip to the Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq, and more specifically in the cities of Erbil (once again!), Duhok and Amediye.

Toyota HIlux Iraq June 2013Toyota Hilux in Iraq, June 2013. Picture courtesy of Khaled Farhad (click to enlarge).

Khaled confirmed the new car market in Northern Iraq is literally booming (confirming the statements in my previous article “Iraq is one of the Top 10 emerging engines of growth“, with Toyota, Hyundai and Kia dominating sales, but Mercedes and BMW getting more and more popular. Another confirmation looking at these pictures is that the Iraqi market is definitely going in the same direction as neighbours Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, which is not surprising given their proximity and cultural similarities.

Hyundai Elantra Accent Iraq June 2013Iraq street scene, June 2013. Picture courtesy of Khaled Farhad.

In particular, SUVs are the most popular segment ahead of sedans, and the iconic Toyota Land Cruiser is extremely frequent in the streets of Northern Iraq, in its latest version thank you very much. It will come as no surprise then to notice many Range Rovers and Land Rovers, as well as American SUVs such as the Chevrolet Tahoe and Jeep Grand Cherokee…

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Iraq 2012: Toyota Hilux and Kia Cerato dominate

Toyota Hilux Iraq 2012Toyota Hilux

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Thanks to Jerome who recently visited Erbil in Iraq and was kind enough to share his pictures to be published on BestSellingCarsBlog, I can share with you more detail about the Iraqi new car market for 2012. Granted, Erbil is quite a specific region in the country that has enjoyed significant growth recently, with most of the car park being under 7 years old, and it may not reflect the reality of Iraq as a whole but it is as good a starting point into a more detailed view of the Iraqi car market as anything.

Erbil Iraq street March 2013bStreet scene in Erbil, Iraq, March 2013. Picture courtesy of Jerome R. (Click to enlarge)

Two models stand out from the crowd based on Jerome’s pictures and a techno-fuelled video of the streets of Erbil (available by clicking on ‘Read more’ before the jump): the Toyota Hilux and Kia Cerato. In fact, it would appear that the most popular models in Iraq are becoming very similar to other countries in the region such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Erbil Iraq street March 2013cStreet scene in Erbil, Iraq, March 2013. Picture courtesy of Jerome R. (Click to enlarge)

We can also notice a lot of Toyota Land Cruiser and its luxury version the Lexus LX570, Toyota Corolla and Camry but mostly as taxis. The new generation Kia Sportage also appears at every street corner, with the Nissan D22 pick-up, Kia Frontier, Toyota Yaris, Kia Rio very popular…

Erbil Iraq street March 2013aStreet scene in Erbil, Iraq, March 2013. Picture courtesy of Jerome R.

… as well as the new generations Hyundai Sonata, Elantra, Accent and Tucson. Expect the new Hyundai Santa Fe to start with a bang in 2013 given the amount of old gen models present on the streets. A few Nissan Tiida and Ford Expedition also make themselves noticed.

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Iraq is one of the Top 10 ‘Emerging engines of growth’

“Obama” aka Dodge Charger

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Yesterday I had the pleasure to attend a Webinar from Business Monitor International about the Top 10 Emerging engines of growth in the Automotive industry, so I will write a few articles about these markets over the next few days. First of them is Iraq. My last article about this country was talking about General Motors’s #1 position there in 2011, up 68% year-on-year to 32,000 of the total 90,000 estimated new vehicle sales in Iraq. There is now more information available about new car sales in Iraq in 2012.

Iran Khodro Samand

Iraq Business News says ‘rising incomes and safer streets are fueling demand for new cars such as Chrysler‘s Dodge Charger, nicknamed “Obama” after the U.S. president by Iraqis. Another car popular among Iraqis is the Iran Khodro Samand, manufactured locally. Business Monitor International says 30,000 Samand will come out of the IKCO Iraqi factory in 2012!

Could Saipa be assembling the Tiba in Iraq soon?

For its part Saipa, Iran’s other car manufacture with IKCO, has announced in March this year it is investing in a local assembly plant with an annual capacity of 120,000 vehicles! With a population of more than 30 million people and a growing economy, Iraq’s auto market has “huge potential,” said Stefan Mecha, VW’s managing director for the Middle East. Predictions for new cars sales in Iraq in the Full Year 2012 stand at 120,000 vehicles, a good 33% above 2011 sales. And demand could get much bigger over the next few years.

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