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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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
Full Top 5 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below.
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!