Lebanon First Half 2017: Prado and Land Cruiser on top, Datsun shines

The Toyota Prado is the most popular vehicle in Lebanon so far in 2017. 

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In a declining region, Lebanon new car sales actually manage to edge up 2% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 25.291 units. Market leader Toyota improves at ten times the rate of the market with a splendid 20^% gain to lift its market share from 29.5% a year ago to 34.7% now. The rest of the Top 5 is all in negative: Kia (-5%), Nissan (-16%), Hyundai (-32%) and Renault (-13%). Suzuki (+13%), Chevrolet (+13%) and Mazda (+18%) also manage a gain in the Top 10 while we welcome Nissan’s low cost brand Datsun directly in 10th position with 2% of the Lebanese market. Further down, notice Porsche (+30%), Land Rover (+48%), Infiniti (+69%), GMC (+79%), Honda (+155%) and Opel (+700%) all posting spectacular gains.

Datsun lands directly among Lebanon’s 10 most successful brands in 2017. 

The Lebanese models ranking is completely reshuffled compared to a year ago, taking a definite SUV air. The Toyota Prado takes the lead thanks to sales up a whopping 125% to a stunning 14.2% share and the Toyota Land Cruiser shoots up 78% to land in 2nd place with 10.6% of the market, The Kia Picanto (-11%) rounds up the podium whereas the Toyota Yaris, leader at the same stage last year, tumbles down 56% to #7. The Nissan Patrol is up 54% and 7 spots to #4 and the Kia Cerato is up 35% and 6 ranks to #9 but all other nameplates in the Top 10 lose volume year-on-year. The Datsun mi-DO is by far the most popular new launch, landing directly at #13 – Lebanon has cottoned on to the relaunch of the brand so far. The Nissan Kicks (#24), Toyota C-HR (#41) and Mazda CX-3 (#42) are the other newcomers in the Top 50.

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Lebanon January-April 2017: Prado leads, Datsun impresses

The Toyota Prado is the best-selling vehicle in Lebanon so far this year.

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Contrary to the majority of other markets in the region, new vehicle sales in Lebanon are actually up year-on-year over the first four months of 2017 at +1% to 16.248 registrations. Best-seller Toyota advances faster than the market at +10% and crosses the 30% share milestone at 30.8%. The Japanese manufacturer sells more than double the #2, Kia, down 7% to 13.3% while Nissan (-18%) and Hyundai (-17%) tumble down. Renault is also down at -8% but remains in 5th place. Suzuki (+24%) overtakes Mitsubishi (-39%) for 6th place overall with Chevrolet (+14%) and Mazda (+30%) the other two brands in positive inside the Top 10. The big surprise comes from Nissan’s low-cost brand Datsun which manages a successful landing directly in 10th place with over 2% of the Lebanese market. Outside the Top 10, Infiniti (+92%), Honda (+180%) and GMC (+125%) post spectacular gains.

Datsun mi-DO. Picture courtesy zr.ru 

The Lebanese models ranking is dominated by two Toyotas both improving their market share year-on-year: the Prado lifts to an imposing 12.2% ahead of the Land Cruiser at 9.7%. The Nissan Patrol gains two spots on its FY16 ranking to land on the third step of the podium, overtaking the Kia Picanto (#4) and Toyota Yaris (#7). The Hyundai i10 also steps up two ranks to #5 while the Kia Rio remains at #6. Illustrating the brand’s strong debut, the Datsun mi-Do leaps directly to 13th place, outselling such tried-and-tested nameplates as the Hyundai Accent, , Renault Sandero, Suzuki Swift and Mazda2. Notice also the Toyota FJ Cruiser’s swan song, back up to #18 vs. #42 over FY16 and the Infiniti Q30 up 46 spots to #21.

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Lebanon Full Year 2016: Toyota Prado snaps top spot

The Toyota Prado is the new best-seller in Lebanon. Picture crankandpiston.com

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The Lebanese new car market is down 6% year-on-year in 2016 to 52.249 registrations. Toyota continues to dominate the brands ranking head and shoulders, even going against the grain with a 5% gain to hit 29.5% share vs. 26.5% a year ago. The Japanese carmaker widens the gap with the second ranked brand, Kia (-11%) to now account for more than double its sales at 15.427 vs. 7.529. Nissan (-1%) edges up to 12.7% ahead of Hyundai (-16%). Renault progresses 7% to overtake Mitsubishi (-52%) for fifth place, with Suzuki (-1%), BMW (+6%), Mazda (+10%) and most strikingly Chevrolet (+31%) managing market share increases inside the Top 10. Below, Lexus is up a spectacular 44% and 4 spots to #11, Peugeot is up 19% and 3 ranks to #13, Infiniti surges 84% and 8 spots to #15, with Jaguar (+19%), Dodge (+25%), Cadillac (+35%), Ferrari (+36%), Maserati (+40%), Isuzu (+46%), Jeep (+53%) and Bentley (+100%) also posting spectacular gains.

The Nissan Patrol breaks into the Lebanese Top 5 in 2016. 

There is a new leader in the Lebanese models ranking this year: the Toyota Prado shoots up 63% to 4.366 sales and snaps the pole position (it ranked #6 in 2015), while the Toyota Land Cruiser gains 38% to land in second place vs. #4 a year ago. Leader in 2015, the Toyota Yaris is knowcked down 20% to third place while the Kia Picanto (-3%) is down one spot to #4. The Nissan Patrol brilliantly soars 66% to land inside the Top 5. Notice also the Hyundai Accent up 43% to #8, the Kia Sportage up 18% to #9 and Renault Sandero up 44% to #11. Among recent launches, the Suzuki Vitara is up 739% to end its first full year of sales inside the Top 20 and the Hyundai Creta surges 868% to #26. The Chevrolet Cobalt is the most popular all-new nameplate for 2016 in Lebanon at #27, ahead of the Infiniti Q30 (#67), Cadillac CT6 (#93), Geely GC5 (#100) and Cadillac XT5 (#113).

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Lebanon January-July 2016: Toyota places Yaris, Prado & Land Cruiser on podium

toyota-prado-lebanon-july-2016The Toyota Prado is up 64% to rank #2 in Lebanon so far in 2016. 

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The Lebanese new car market is down slightly so far in 2016 at -6% over the first 7 months of the year to 29.252 registrations. Toyota fights the overall negative trend to post a stellar 14% year-on-year gain to lift its market share to 28.8% thanks to 8.421 sales. Kia (-10%) at 15.2% and Nissan (-11%) at 12.1% follow above Hyundai (11.6%) and Renault (5.6%) while Mitsubishi tumbles down 47% to 6th place. Lexus (+31%), Chevrolet (+34%), Mazda (+39%), Infiniti (+100%) and most strikingly Peugeot (+113%) post spectacular gains. We welcome back Opel at #26. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris remains the best-sellers thanks to sales up 7% to 2.430 and this time the podium is 100% Toyota with the Prado up a stunning 64% to #2 and the Land Cruiser up 36% to #3. The Kia Picanto (-16%), Hyundai i10 (-24%) and Kia Rio (-14%) are relegated to #4, #5 and #6 respectively. Notice also the Hyundai Accent up 119% to #7, the Renault Sandero up 107% to #13 and the Suzuki Vitara landing directly just one unit off a Top 20 ranking at #21.

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Lebanon January-April 2016: Toyota cements domination, Yaris #1

Toyota Yaris Lebanon April 2016. Picture courtesy nilemotors.netLike in 2015, the Toyota Yaris is the best-selling nameplate in Lebanon so far this year.

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The middle-eastern region isn’t showing its best new car sales form so far in 2016, yet Lebanon is one of the less affected market with a minor 2% year-on-year drop to 15.674 registrations after four months. Toyota cements its domination of the market thanks to sales up by a splendid 31% to reach 4.566 units for a 29.1% share, exactly the same figure as the combined sales of #2 Kia at 14.8% (-11%) and #3 Nissan at 14.3% (-5%). Mazda (+48%), Peugeot (+123%) and Infiniti (+126%) make themselves noticed whereas Mitsubishi (-24%), Ford (-62%), Land Rover (-62%) and Audi (-68%) fall apart. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris holds onto the title of best-seller it acquired last year thanks to deliveries up 12%  1.199, and Toyota brilliantly manages to monopolise the podium with the Land Cruiser (+45%) and Prado (+111%). Meanwhile, the Kia Picanto (-28%) and Rio (-23%) drop sharply. Notice also the Nissan Sunny (+42%), Hyundai Accent (+152%), Toyota Hilux (+51%), Renault Sandero (+203%) and Kia Cerato ((+127%) delivering splendid gains inside the Top 15. The full rankings are below.

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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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