Lebanon Full Year 2015: Toyota Yaris and Mitsubishi Lancer EX triumph

Toyota Yaris Lebanon 2015. Picture courtesy drivearabia.comThe Toyota Yaris dislodges the Hyundai i10 as the best-selling nameplate in Lebanon. Picture drivearabia.com

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The Lebanese new car market is up a satisfying 5% year-on-year in 2015 to 55.399 registrations, and local tastes are slowly but surely retreating from Koran fares here: Toyota shoots up 31% to 14,694 sales and 26.5% share vs. 21.1% a year ago and Nissan is up 5% to 6.713 and 12.1% whereas Kia drops 17% to 8.459 and 15.3% and Hyundai implodes at -39% to just 6.184 deliveries and 11.2% share vs. 19.2% last year. Notice also Chevrolet up 17%, Renault up 18%, BMW up 42%, Land Rover up 46%, Ford up 68% and Suzuki up a whopping 105%.

Mitsubishi Lancer EX Lebanon 2015Lebanese Mitsubishi Lancer EX sales shoot up 133% year-on-year in 2015. 

The models ranking is completely reshuffled compared to a year ago. In 2014 the sals charts were clearly dominated by the Hyundai i10 at 11.6% share and the Kia Picanto at 7.9%. But it’s a completely different story this year: the Toyota Yaris leaps 92% to take the overall lead with 4.155 deliveries and 7.5% share, and is followed by the Mitsubishi Lancer EX shooting up 133% and 10 spots to 3.074 units and 5.5%, in line with the nameplate’s fantastic year in the whole of the Middle East. The Toyota Land Cruiser also more than double its volumes year-on-year (+102%), landing at a fantastic 4th place. On the other hand the Kia Picanto is down 30% to #3 and the Hyundai i10 down 55% to #5.

Toyota Land Cruiser Lebanon 2015The Toyota Land Cruiser is up 102% to 4th place overall.

Further down, notice the Nissan Patrol up 74% to #9, the Kia Cerato up 89% to #13, Nissan X-Trail up 108% to #16, the Renault Sandero up 211% to #18 and the Lexus LX up 99% to #26. Not many newcomers come trouble the top of the ladder, with the Suzuki Ciaz the most successful of them at a decidedly shy #80 and 115 units, above the Suzuki SX4 S-Cross at #100, the Suzuki Vitara at #107, Jaguar XE at #112 and Land Rover Discovery Sport at #117.

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Lebanon 1st Half 2015: Kia still sovereign above Toyota and Hyundai

Kia Sportage Lebanon June 2015. Picture courtesy carsguide.com.auKia Sportage

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19.171 new light vehicles found a buyer in Lebanon over the First Half of 2015, including 1.124 light commercials. Kia is still master in command with 3.471 sales and 18.1% share above Toyota at 3.274 and 17.1% and Hyundai at 3.006 and 15.7%, pushing the Korean manufacturers’ share of the Lebanese new car market to 33.8%. Nissan is the only other carmaker above 10% share at 10.3%, with Renault far behind in 5th position and 3.9%. Notice BMW at #9, Mercedes at #10, Audi at #11 and Land Rover at #12. The Chinese are discreet for now, led by Geely (#35), JAC (#36), BYD (#39) and Chery (#40).

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Lebanon 1st Quarter 2015: Kia Picanto in charge

Kia Picanto Lebanon March 2015Kia Picanto

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For the first time since June 2013 I can share with you official sales data for Lebanon where 11.368 new light vehicles found a buyer over the First Quarter of 2015. Toyota is the most popular manufacturer in the country over the period with 21.1% market share, followed by Nissan (16.9%), Kia (16.8%) and Hyundai (10.4%), while Renault shines in 5th place with 4.6% of the market and Audi outsells Volkswagen at #6 and 4.3%.

Audi Q7 Lebanon March 2015. Picture courtesy motortrend.comThe Audi Q7 ranks at a world-best #10 in Lebanon (2016 model shown)

The Kia Picanto is the best-selling model in Lebanon so far in 2015 with 913 sales and 8% share above the Hyundai i10 and Toyota Yaris, with Toyota also placing the Land Cruiser, Hilux and Corolla inside the Top 10. Nissan for its part has the Sunny and X-Trail, and the Audi Q7 delivers an absolutely outstanding performance in 10th place overall with 333 units sold over the period for a 2.9% market share.

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Lebanon June 2013: Nissan Sunny and Hyundai i10 on top

Nissan Sunny Lebanon June 2013Nissan Sunny

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3,678 new vehicles found a buyer in Lebanon in June, adding up to 22,839 year-to-date. The brands ranking is reshuffled this month: Nissan leads at 23.4% share ahead of Hyundai (18.4%), Kia (18.1%) and Toyota (17.3%), with no other manufacturer above 3%! Year-to-date, Kia is #1 at 26.5% followed by Hyundai (19.5%), Nissan (18.3%) and Toyota (12.9%). The models charts is also very volatile: while in February the Kia Picanto and Cerato topped the ranking, in June the Nissan Sunny is sovereign with 484 sales and 13.2% share, ahead of the Hyundai i10 at 255 units and 6.9% and the Toyota Corolla with 247 sales and 6.7%.

Jeep Grand Cherokee Lebanon June 2013Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Kia Picanto is kicked down to #4 but remains #1 year-to-date at 1,942 units and 8.5%, while the Cerato is down to #9 but #3 year-to-date at 6.8% below the Nissan Sunny at 7.6%. The Hyundai Accent rounds up the Top 5, followed by the Nissan Micra, Kia Rio and Sportage. The Toyota Avanza ranks 14th, its highest ranking in the region by far, the Toyota RAV4 is up to #15 vs. #29 YTD, the Chevrolet Spark is #17, Jeep Grand Cherokee #19 and the Hyundai Veloster delivers a fantastic 17th place year-to-date.

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Lebanon February 2013: Kia Picanto and Cerato dominate

Kia Picanto Lebanon February 2013Kia Picanto

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After Jordan, let’s explore another very rare country on BestSellingCarsBlog (as far as detailed data is concerned): Lebanon. 3,808 new cars were sold in the country in February, adding up to 7,226 year-to-date. And here too the Koreans have a tight grip on the sales charts. Leader in February with 350 sales and 9.2% share, the Kia Picanto also snaps the pole position year-to-date at 628 units and 8.7%. The Nissan Sunny is up 3 spots to #2 at 7.9% but is only #4 year-to-date, while the Kia Rio is up one to #3 both this month and year-to-date.

Kia Cerato Lebanon February 2013Kia Cerato

The Kia Cerato, leader in January, is down to #4 but still #2 year-to-date with 594 sales and 8.2% share. Other great performers in Lebanon this month include the Hyundai Tucson up 8 ranks to #6, the Nissan Juke up 28 to #8, Kia Sorento up 12 to #9, Chevrolet Spark up 14 to #15 and the Hyundai Santa Fe up from outside the Top 50 to #16,

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Lebanon March 2012: Nissan Sunny, Kia Picanto & Rio on top

The Samsung SM3 is sold as Nissan Sunny in Lebanon

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Yep, today is the day I am adding a few official sales to countries that never had any on this site before… Pretty exciting! Lebanon is the next cab off the rank and thank to Ldman again I am able to share with you that 3,954 new vehicles found a new buyer in Lebanon in March and 9,368 over the first 3 months of 2012.

Kia Picanto

The Nissan Sunny, in fact a rebadged previous generation Samsung SM3, is the best-selling model in the country both in March with 589 sales and an exceptional 14.9% market share and year-to-date at 932 units and 9.9%. Two Kias complete the podium in both rankings: the Picanto is #2 with 388 sales and 9.8% and the Rio is #3 at 385 units and 9.7%.

Like in neighbouring Jordan, the Koreans are present in force in Lebanon: the Hyundai i10 is #4 at 7.1% share, followed by the Hyundai Accent at #5 and 6.1%, the Kia Cerato at #6 and 4.3%, the Kia Sportage at #8, Hyundai Elantra at #9, Kia Sorento at #11 and Hyundai Tucson at #14. Other great performers this month in Lebanon include the Nissan Juke at #10, Mitsubishi Lancer at #13, Toyota Avanza at #16, Jeep Grand Cherokee at #21 and Hyundai Veloster at #23.

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Lebanon 2010: Kia Picanto, Cerato and Hyundai i10 on top

Thanks to Ron from Lebanon I am able to share with you an almost iron clad Top 5 best selling models ranking for 2010. Many thanks Ron!

The Kia Picanto has been the best selling car in Lebanon since 2008 and it keeps its title in 2010, but the Hyundai i10 is not far behind and sees its sales boosted by the facelifted version. In 3rd is the Kia Cerato Forte, off to an amazing start.

The Toyota Yaris is also very successful in 4th, ahead of the Renault Sandero. Interestingly the Sandero and Duster are sold under the Renault brand in Lebanon, whereas the Logan is a Dacia.

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Hyundai i10

Kia Cerato Forte

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Lebanon January-September 2010: Koreans up 87%!

The Lebanese car market is doing well in 2010 with 25,565 cars sold in the first 9 months, a 5% increase on ’09. Japanese cars account for 39.2% of total sales (down 15%), Korean cars for 30.8% (up 87%!) and European 23.3%.

The Association of Automobile Importers in Lebanon released the following figures: Kia is the best-selling brand with 4,837 sales (18.9%) ahead of Nissan at 4,180 (16.3%), Hyundai (3,018 and 11.8%) and Toyota (2,539 and 9.9%).

In this context and based on observation of Beirut’s streets through YouTube videos, my guess is the Kia Picanto is the #1 car in Lebanon, followed by the Nissan Tiida and the Hyundai Getz. The Honda Civic, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class should also be in the Top 10. This is 100% speculation, so if you have any more info please get in touch!

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