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The Qatari new car market is down a harsh 13% year-on-year in August to 3.741 registrations, yet this is an improvement on the 21% year-to-date drop to 35.239 units. Brand leader Toyota beats the market with sales up 0.3% to a mammoth 37.2% share vs. 31.9% (-26%) so far in 2017. Nissan follows at 16.2% but drops 20% on August 2016. On the other hand Lexus (+89%) and Kia (+64%) both post fantastic gains to rank #3 and #4 respectively for the month. Ford (-23%), Chevrolet (-34%) and Mitsubishi (-60%) struggle. Further down, BMW (+13%) and GMC (+14%) are the only additional carmakers delivering double-digit gains. Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser brilliantly remains atop the charts thanks to sales up 165% year-on-year to a gargantuan 15.9% share vs. 12.5% year-to-date (-23%). The Nissan Patrol (+139%) and Lexus LX (+112%) also more than double their sales on the podium. Below, the Toyota Hilux (-41%) and Prado (-47%) implode but the Ford Explorer (up 39-fold) and Nissan Navara (up 8-fold) shoot up. The Chevrolet Trailblazer is the best performing newcomer at #33, followed by the Nissan Kicks (#46) and Cadillac XT5 (#49). Notice also the Bentley Bentayga at #53.
Full August 2017 Top 35 All-brands and Top 50 models below.