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Gulf: Direct fast-forward to November 2012 sales

December 23rd, 2012 1 comment

Infiniti QX56

Ldman’s Christmas present to BestSellingCarsBlog is November figures for the Gulf Cooperation Council area, one month in advance! So there will be no October updates, only November articles which will integrate October figures and commentaries. Saudi ArabiaKuwaitQatarBahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Oman will all be updated within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Oman September 2012: Nissan Sunny first non-Toyota on podium since 2010!

November 23rd, 2012 No comments

Nissan Sunny

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The new car market is Oman is up a very dynamic 26% year-on-year in September to 18,503 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 154,485 units, up 23% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux lodges another impressive month, grabbing no less than 14.6% of the Omani market in September thanks to 2,705 sales. Year-to-date the Hilux is at 21,819 units and 14.1%. The Toyota Land Cruiser is #2 this month like in year-to-date ranking with 8.2% and 8.7% share respectively.

Street scene in Muscat, Oman. Picture by Roving I, all rights reserved.

Exceptional month for the Nissan Sunny boosted by the new generation, up 2 spots to land in third positionwith 1,386 sales and 7.5%, by far its highest share in the country in a long while. In fact it is the first time since I follow the Omani car market monthly in January 2011 that a non-Toyota manages to rank on the Omani podium! (Note that little trick may have been helped by the fact that Sunny data is aggregated into one model this month).

Taxis in Muscat, Oman. Picture by It’s Stefan, all rights reserved.

There are still 7 Toyotas in the Top 10 with Nissan the only other brand represented. Other great performers in Oman in September include the Nissan D22 up 10 spots to #6, the Hyundai i20 up 6 to #18 vs. #36 YTD and #86 in 2011, the Kia Sorento up 25 to #21, the Nissan Armada up 33 to #22, the Lexus ES up 13 to #39, the Ford Taurus up 32 to #43 and the Infiniti JX35 landing directly at #78 for its first month of sales in the country.

Previous month: Oman August 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol strong

Previous year: Oman 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

Full September 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Oman August 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser and Nissan Patrol strong

October 4th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Land Cruiser. Picture by Jonathan Kang, all rights reserved.

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Omani new car sales are up a bouncy 17% year-on-year in August to 19,522 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 135,982, up 22% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux manages to maintain itself at extremely high levels with 2,665 sales and 13.7% market share, adding up to 19,114 and 14.1% year-to-date. Like in July, the Toyota Land Cruiser holds the 2nd spot thanks to 1,702 sales and 8.7% share. It is now only 61 units below the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up in the 2012 year-to-date ranking at 11,907 units and 8.8% vs. 11,968. Note both Hilux and Land Cruiser are up 51% on August 2011…

Nissan Patrol. Picture by supercarsdubai, all rights reserved.

Up 87% year-on-year, the Toyota Prado completes a Top 4 100% Toyota like last month. The Nissan Sunny shines in 5th place with 707 sales and 3.6%, ahead of 3 more Toyotas, making it 7 in the Top 8: the Corolla at 3.3% (+2), the Camry at 2.6% (=) and the Hiace at 2.5% (+1). Excellent performance of the Nissan Patrol breaking into the Omani Top 10 for the first time in 2012 at #9 with 451 sales and 2.3%. Notice also the Kia Optima up 4 spots to #15, the Hyundai i20 at #24, the Nissan Qashqai up 6 to #37 and the Jeep Wrangler up 18 to #43.

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Outside the Top 50, the Chevrolet Malibu is up 13 ranks to #52, the Lexus ES up 31 to #53, the Honda City up 26 to #56, the Honda Pilot up 46 to #63, the Hyundai Genesis up 73 to #64, the Renault Duster is up to #65 vs. #95 year-to-date and the Mitsubishi Outlander is up 13 spots to #67 vs. #98 year-to-date. The Subaru Impreza new generation makes its first appearance in the Omani Top 100 at #90 while the Hyundai i30 is up to #94 and the VW Golf up 40 ranks to #96.

Previous month: Oman July 2012: Hyundai Elantra up to #5

Previous year: Oman 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

Full August 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Oman July 2012: Hyundai Elantra up to #5

September 16th, 2012 No comments

Hyundai Elantra

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The Omani car market is going from strength to strength in 2012, up an amazing 62% year-on-year in July to 20,677 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 116,460 units, up 23% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux continues to reign supreme in the country with 2,830 sales and a massive 13.7% market share this month, making it 16,449 and 14.1% year-to-date. The Toyota Land Cruiser is up one spot to #2 with 1,752 units and 8.5%, followed by the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up at 1,609 sales and 7.8% and the Toyota Prado with 1,486 units and 7.2%.

Nissan Patrol

The performer of the month is the Hyundai Elantra, up 11 spots on June to land in 5th position with an excellent 753 sales and 3.6% share vs. #10 and 2.1% year-to-date. Hyundai definitely has a great month, with the i20 up 15 ranks to #24, the Atos up 9 to #28, the Veloster up to #37 and the i30 appearing at #97. The Nissan Sunny also stays strong at #6 and 3% vs. #9 and 2.3% ytd. Other great performers in Oman this month include the Kia Cerato up to #11, the Nissan Patrol up to #12, the Nissan Armada up 20 ranks to #23, the Toyota Aurion up 10 to #38, the Nissan Qashqai up 105 to #43 and the Nissan Patrol Pick-up up to #50.

Previous month: Oman June 2012: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser kings of the desert

Previous year: Oman 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

Full July 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Oman June 2012: Toyota Hilux & Land Cruiser kings of the desert

August 8th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up

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New car sales in Oman are truly going through a euphoric time, up 44% year-on-year in June to 17,041 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 95,783 registrations, up 17% on 2011. The June Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged vs. May while the Top 4 is unchanged vs. 2012 year-to-date, meaning the Toyota Hilux once again takes the lead with a huge 2,483 sales and 14.6% share and 13,619 and 14.2% year-to-date. The Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up confirms it is now the 2nd most popular vehicle in the country with 1,712 units and a round 10% market share in June, bringing its year-to-date total to 8,852 and 9.2%.

Nissan Sunny

Another solid month for the Toyota Land Cruiser at 8.8% share in third place both in July and year-to-date, ahead of the Toyota Prado at #4. For the second month in a row the Nissan Sunny is the best-selling non-Toyota model in Oman at #5 with 623 sales and 5.7% with the Nissan D22 the only other ‘intruder’ in the Top 10 at #7, up 9 spots on May. The other 7 models in the July Top 10 are Toyotas with the Lexus LX taking the 10th spot. In fact, in the 2012 year-to-date models ranking and like in 2011 the entire Top 7 best-sellers are 100% Toyota!

Nissan Armada

Nissan has an excellent month in Oman with a few other models registering strong performances. The Nissan Patrol is up 9 ranks to #13, the Nissan Altima stays solid at #15 vs. #23 year-to-date and the Nissan Armada up 8 to #43. Other great performers in June include the Kia Cerato up 7 spots to #12, the Lexus RX up 7 to #34, the Hyundai Veloster up 18 to #40 and the Chrysler 300C up a massive 81 ranks to #57. Two models make their very first appearance in the Omani ranking: the Suzuki Swift DZire at #62 with 37 sales and the Toyota Alphard at #93 with 18 units.

Previous month: Oman June 2012: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser Pick-up shine

Previous year: Oman 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

Full June 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Oman May 2012: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser Pick-up shine

June 29th, 2012 No comments

(Old gen) Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up in Oman. Picture by ommphoto, all rights reserved.

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The Omani car market is up an enormous 53% year-on-year in May to 17,005 registrations, making it the 2nd most dynamic car market in the world this month behind Qatar! The year-to-date total stands at 78,742 units up 13% on 2011. After securing a mammoth 14.5% market share in March, the Toyota Hilux improved further to an out-of-this-world 17% in April thanks to 2,840 sales and ‘falls’ back to 14.9% in May at 2,535 units. It is obviously #1 year-to-date with an imposing 11,136 sales and 14.1% share, already 59% of its Full Year 2011 volume…

Omani licence plate on a Toyota Land Cruiser. Picture by Anthony0031, all rights reserved.

Excellent month for the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up #2 both in April at 9.8% share and May at 10.1% thanks to 1,719 sales, and now also in the 2012 year-to-date ranking at 7,140 units and 9.1%. #1 in 2011, the Toyota Land Cruiser is down to #3 year-to-date in 2012 with 6,950 sales and 8.8%. Like in 2011, the entire 2012 Top 7 is 100% Toyota, with the Prado at #4 followed by the Corolla, Hiace and Camry.

1968 Land Cruiser in Ruwi, Oman. Omani drivers have trusted the Land Cruiser for over 40 years. Picture by The Wordman, all rights reserved.

The best-selling non-Toyota in Oman in May is the Nissan Sunny up to a shiny 5th position with 654 sales and 3.8%, while the Lexus LX brilliantly maintains itself within the Top 10 at #9 with 376 units and 2.2%. It is now also #9 year-to-date vs. #13 in 2011. The only other model not belonging to the Toyota Group that manages to claw its way into the Omani Top 10 in May is the Hyundai Elantra at #10 with 344 sales and 2%.

Other great performers this month include the Nissan Altima up 18 spots on April to #14, the Hyundai Tucson up 18 to #18, the Nissan Juke up 32 to #32, the Hyundai Azera up 67 to #37, the Nissan Qashqai up 66 to #45, the Hyundai Veloster up 92 to #57, the Renault Duster landing directly at #62 and the Suzuki Jimny up 72 to #78.

Previous post: Oman March 2012: Toyota Hilux up to 14.5%, Lexus LX #9 

Previous year: Oman 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

Full May 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Oman March 2012: Toyota Hilux up to 14.5%, Lexus LX #9

May 10th, 2012 No comments

Lexus LX

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New car sales in Oman continue on their upward trend, up 6% year-on-year in March to 16,134 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 45,061 registrations, up 7% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux is getting even more dominant as the months go by, up to a fantastic 14.5% market share this month thanks to 2,342 sales and at 12.8% year-to-date with 5,761 units. The Toyota Land Cruiser is very solid in 2nd place at 9.9%, followed by the Prado at 8.7% and the Land Cruiser P/U at 7%.

Toyota Hilux

The Nissan D22 is one of only two non-Toyota group models in the Top 10 at #5 with 610 sales and 3.8% along with the Hyundai Elantra up 11 spots to #10 with 327 units and 2%. The Toyota Corolla, Hiace and Camry fill the other Top 10 spots this month while the Lexus LX is up to #9 with 361 sales and 2.2%. Like in 2011, there are 7 Toyotas in the 2012 year-to-date Top 7.

Nissan D22

Other great performers this month include the Kia Rio up 7 spots to #11, the Nissan Navara up 116 ranks to a more familiar #15, the Kia Optima up 3 to #17, the Hyundai Veracruz up 19 to #36, the Kia Picanto up 22 to #38, the Hyundai Veloster up 39 to #46, the Lexus GS landing directly at #51 with 44 sales, the Ford Expedition up 21 to #69 and the Kia Soul up 30 to #87.

Previous month: Oman February 2012: Toyota Hilux above 12% market share

Full March 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Oman February 2012: Toyota Hilux above 12% market share

April 9th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Hilux

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The Omani car market is up 17% in February to 15,635 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 28,927 units, up 8% in 2011. While over the Full Year 2011, the Toyota Hilux lost its crown at the last minute to the Land Cruiser due to Thailand supply issues, this year the Hilux is not wasting time, commanding 12.3% of the market in February thanks to 1,926 sales and 3,419 and 11.8% year-to-date. The Land Cruiser is #2 at 9.8% but #3 year-to-date at 8.8% behind the Land Cruiser Pick-up at 9.2%.

Hyundai Tucson

Like in 2011 and January the Toyota Prado ranks 4th and is ahead of the Nissan Sunny and D22 in February. And like in 2011, there are 7 Toyotas in the 2012 year-to-date Top 7: the Hiace is #5 followed by the Camry and the Corolla. The other great performer in the Top 10 is the Hyundai Tucson, up 12 spots on January to #9 with 413 sales and 2.6% vs.#30 in 2011.

Infiniti QX

Further down, notice the Nissan Patrol up 10 ranks to #15, the Hyundai Azera up to #22 with 195 sales and 1.2% vs. 60 units over the Full Year 2011, the Ford Taurus up to #44 vs.#81 in 2011, the Nissan Qashqai up to #50 vs.#101 and the Infiniti QX up to #65 vs.#114.

Previous post: Oman Full Year 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

Full February 2012 Top 75 Ranking Table below.

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Oman 2011: 7 Toyotas in Top 7, Land Cruiser edges Hilux out

January 27th, 2012 2 comments

Toyota Land Cruiser. Picture by dohaknight85. All rights reserved.

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14,767 new vehicles were registered in the Sultanate of Oman in December, bringing the final 2011 total to 168,789 sales. For most of the year the Toyota Hilux was the best-selling model in the country, ranking #1 for 7 months, but a weak month of December due to Thai supply issues brought it down to #2 with 18,996 sales and 11.3% share, below the Toyota Land Cruiser, #1 5 times this year and the best-selling model in the Sultanate in 2011 at 19,444 units and 11.5%.

Toyota Hilux. Picture by Waleed. All rights reserved.

The five following models are all Toyotas! The Land Cruiser Pick-up reaches an excellent third place with 13,896 sales and 8.2%, ahead of the Prado at 6.3%, Hiace at 3.8%, Corolla at 3.6% and Camry at 2.9%. The first non-Toyota is the Kia Cerato at #8 with 4,485 units and 2.7% but it is the Nissan Sunny (#9 at 2.3%) that reached the highest monthly ranking for a non-Toyota in Oman this year at #4 in December. Notice also the Kia Sportage at #11 and the Lexus LX at #13, bringing the Land Cruiser family’s market share in Oman to an insane 28%!

Nissan Sunny

In December, the Toyota Land Cruiser stays in stratospheric heights at 13.6% share, ahead of the Land Cruiser Pick-up at 11.3%, the Prado at 6.4% and the Nissan Sunny at 4.7%. Other great performers include the Kia Optima at #13, Dodge Charger at #44 and VW Passat CC at #54.

Previous month: Oman November 2011: Land Cruiser family at 34% share!

Full Year 2011 Top 100, December and each Monthly Top 80 Ranking Tables below.

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Oman November 2011: Land Cruiser family at 34% market share!

December 25th, 2011 1 comment

Toyota Land Cruiser Wagon. Picture by Aljazi Al-Nasr. All rights reserved.

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We know the Toyota Land Cruiser is an icon in the Persian Gulf region. But nowhere else in the world is it more popular than in Oman! The Land Cruiser Wagon leads the Omani models ranking in November with an extravagant 13.3% market share thanks to 1,808 sales, followed by the Pick-up version at 11.2% and 1,526 units, while the Land Cruiser Prado ranks #4 at 1,112 sales and 8.2%.

Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up

Add to this the 204 units or 1.5% share of the Lexus LX, an (even) more luxurious version of the Land Cruiser, #13 overall…and altogether the Land Cruiser family commands a huge 34.2% share of Omani car sales with 4,650 units sold in November in a total market of 13,598 sales…

Lexus LX

Yes, the Omani consumer does buy other cars, but the preference goes largely to Toyotas: the Hilux is #3 (8.5%), the Hiace #6 (4.2%) and the Corolla #7 (3.9%). The Nissan Sunny is the best-selling passenger car in 5th place with 592 sales and 4.4%, with the Kia Cerato (#8) and Rio (#9) also popular. Hyundai places the new gen Elantra at #10, the Santa Fe at #11 and the new gen Accent at #15.

Full November 2011 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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