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Gulf August 2014: Nissan Patrol consistently shines

October 30th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Patrol Gulf August 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.com The Nissan Patrol is the best-selling non-Toyota in all 4 nations covered in this report.

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Now that Gulf Cooperation Council data is available for August, I will share with you the highlights in each country in the region. You can find the Saudi Arabia update here and the UAE report here, for the remaining four countries and the Gulf region as a whole, see below for the complete analysis.

In Bahrain, new car sales slow down their growth to 8% year-on-year in August to 4,718 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 42,266 units, up 17% on 2013. The Toyota Prado outsells both the Land Cruiser and Hilux to jump into pole position with a fantastic 455 units and 9.6% share. Its deficit on the Land Cruiser year-to-date is now only 85 sales, meaning the Prado should dislodge the Land Cruiser from its YTD throne if it continues at the same rate. The Corolla (4.5%), Hiace (3.7%) and Yaris (3.3%) make the Top 6 100% Toyota this month in Bahrain, with the best-selling non-Toyota being the Nissan Patrol at #7 followed by the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. The Lexus LX continues to deliver world-best performances here, ranking at an outstanding #10 with 2.4% share, with the Mitsubishi Lancer (#15) and BMW 7 Series (#25 vs. #59 year-to-date) also performing particularly well.

Lexus LX Gulf August 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Lexus LX is among the 10 best-sellers in Bahrain.

In Kuwait, the new car market is markedly less dynamic than other parts of the region, up ‘only’ 3% year-on-year in August to 12,188 registrations and 2% year-to-date to 100,964 units. Operating the exact reverse move than in the UAE and Bahrain, the Toyota Hilux takes a frank advantage over the Prado in Kuwait, selling a huge 1,308 units this month for a 10.7% market share vs. 7.6% year-to-date. 10.7% is exactly the market share of the Toyota Prado year-to-date here, however at just 7% in August it ranks 2nd while the Toyota Camry rounds up the podium in both rankings. The Corolla completes a Top 5 100% Toyota with the Nissan Patrol the most popular non-Toyota here too at #5, one spot below its YTD ranking. Noticeable good performers in Bahrain this month also include the Mitsubishi Lancer EX at #8 vs. #31 YTD, the Toyota Aurion at #15 vs. #27, the Hyundai Sonata at #18 vs. #33 and the Hyundai i10 at #41 vs. #154.

Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup Oman August 2014The Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup leads in Oman with 12.8% market share.

In Oman, new light vehicle sales have stalled: up 2% in August to 18,970 registrations but down 5 units (!) year-to-date to 145,954…  The Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up achieves the unbelievable feat of topping the Omani models sales charts with a huge 12.8% market share thanks to 2,419 sales. It still ranks 2nd year-to-date however at 10.3% below the Toyota Hilux at 11.3%. Here too the Top 5 is 100% Toyota with the Prado (#3), Land Cruiser (#4) and Hiace (#5) and the Nissan Patrol is the best-selling non-Toyota at #6. Notice the Toyota RAV4 up to #12 vs. #22 YTD, the Lexus LX at #13, Lexus ES back up to #24, Nissan X Terra up to #29, Nissan Juke up to #34 and the Geely EC7 at #53 after shining at #30 in July vs. #80 year-to-date.

Ford Figo Qatar August 2014. Picture courtesy of mouthshut.comThe Ford Figo is a new entrant in the Qatari Top 10

In Qatar, the market is up a very satisfying 23% in August to 7,770 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 62,541 units, up 8% on 2013. Surpassed by the Toyota Hilux in the July models sales charts, the Toyota Land Cruiser reclaims its due title this month thanks to just one unit! It sells 482 examples over the month vs. 481 for the Hilux, but remains firmly in control year-to-date at 5,155 sales vs. 4,287. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Top 4 models are 100% Toyota (add the Corolla and Prado) and in Qatar too the best-selling non-Toyota is the Nissan Patrol at #5 and 3.6% share. Great performances of the Nissan Navara up a huge 63 spots on July to #7 vs. #38 year-to-date, the Ford Figo taking off at #9 and 2.6% share vs. #52 YTD and the Chevrolet Tahoe up 12 ranks to #17.

The overall Gulf Cooperation Council region data and analysis will follow shortly.

Previous posts for each nation:

Bahrain June 2014: Toyota Prado beats Land Cruiser

Kuwait June 2014: Toyota Camry on podium

Oman June 2014: Top 6 best-sellers 100% Toyota

Qatar June 2014: Toyota Hilux edges past Land Cruiser

Previous year for each nation:

Bahrain Full Year 2013: Toyota Prado dislodges Land Cruiser

Kuwait Full Year 2013: Toyota Prado leads at record 10.3% share

Oman Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser PU/HT at world-best #2

Qatar Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX shine

Full August 2014 Bahrain + Qatar Top 50, Kuwait + Oman Top 100 models Ranking Tables below.

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Qatar June 2014: Toyota Hilux edges past Land Cruiser

July 25th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux Qatar June 2014. Picture courtesy of Flickr

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The Qatari new car market is up a splendid 21% year-on-year in June to 7,967 registrations, bringing the half-year total up 12% to 47,461 units. While the Toyota Land Cruiser still holds the models ranking crown year-to-date (8.9% share) as it did over the Full Year 2013, this month the Toyota Hilux jumps into pole position thanks to 536 sales and 6.7%, 7 meagre units above the Land Cruiser. The Toyota Corolla is up to third place at 358 units and 4.5% vs. #5 year-to-date, the Mitsubishi Lancer EX is up to #4 vs. #8 year-to-date and the Toyota Camry up to #7 vs. #10. Other great performers in Qatar this month include the Hyundai Elantra up to #15 vs. #26, the VW Jetta up to #29 vs. #69 and the BMW 3 Series up to #31 vs. #62.

Previous post: Qatar March 2014: Nissan Patrol and Hyundai Santa Fe shine

One year ago: Qatar June 2013: 3 Nissans in Top 6, Patrol up to 5th place

Full June 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Qatar March 2014: Nissan Patrol and Hyundai Santa Fe shine

May 27th, 2014 No comments

Hyundai Santa Fe Qatar March 2014. Picture courtesy of drivearabia.comHyundai Santa Fe

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The Qatari new car market is up 10% year-on-year in March to 8,365 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 23,723 units, up 7% on 2013. The Toyota Land Cruiser reigns supreme on the Qatari models sales charts with 768 units sold this month and 9.2% share, followed by Toyota Hilux at 7.8% and the Toyota Prado at 4.1%. This podium is identical to the 2014 year-to-date as well as the Full Year 2013 rankings. Outstanding month for the Nissan Patrol up 7 spots on February to land in 4th place and rank 5th so far in 2014 vs. #9 in 2013, the Nissan Sunny is solid at #5, the Lexus LX is up one rank on last month to #6 and the Hyundai Santa Fe is #7 and #6 year-to-date vs. #14 in 2013.

Previous post: Qatar January 2014: Ford Edge breaks into Top 10

Previous year: Qatar Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX shine

Full March 2014 Top 150 models Ranking Table below.

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Qatar: 2005-2013 Historical Data soon available

May 19th, 2014 No comments

Doha, Qatar. Picture by Lucie Debelkova, all rights reserved.

2005-2010 Historical data for Qatar is in the process of being compiled. Please come back soon to check it out! The links to the annual articles for the past 3 years are below.

Qatar Full Year 2011: Land Cruiser & Hilux on top, Nissan strong

Qatar Full Year 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser holds onto top spot

Qatar Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX shine

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Qatar January 2014: Ford Edge breaks into Top 10

March 17th, 2014 No comments

Ford Edge Qatar January 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Ford Edge is among the 10 most popular vehicles in Qatar this month.

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The Qatari new car market is up 4% year-on-year in January to 7,745 registrations, and this month the Toyota Hilux edges out 2013 leader the Toyota Land Cruiser by just 3 sales at 623 units vs. 620, both models holding a 8% market share. The Toyota Prado remains third at 5.8% share while the Nissan Patrol is up 5 spots on its FY2013 ranking to 4th place with 361 sales and 4.7% and the Toyota Corolla is up one to #5. Notice also the Hyundai Santa Fe up 8 to #6, the Ford Edge up a spectacular 34 ranks to break into the Top 10 at #10, the Nissan Altima up 11 to #16, Mercedes S-Class up 27 to #19 and the Toyota RAV4 up 37 to #20.

Previous post: Qatar Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX shine

One year ago: Qatar January 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser #1, Mercedes S-Class up

Full January 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Qatar Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX shine

March 12th, 2014 No comments

Lexus LX Qatar 2013Lexus LX

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The Qatari new car market is up 9% year-on-year in 2013 to 89,876 registrations and the most popular vehicle in the country has now been unchanged for 3 years in a row: the Toyota Land Cruiser reigns supreme in spite of sales down 4% to 7,845 units and 8.7% share. It is followed like in 2012 by the Toyota Hilux at 6,770 sales (-4%) and the Toyota Prado at 4,325 (+23%). Down 2% on 2012, the Toyota Camry is still up one spot to #4, making the Top 4 100% Toyota. World-best performance of the Lexus LX is Qatar: it is up 4% and two spots on 2012 to land at an incredible 5th place with 2,291 sales and 2.5% share. Interestingly it is the only Lexus model with the RX (#69) to manage a Top 100 ranking in Qatar this year…

Range Rover Qatar 2013Range Rover sales are up 321% in 2013 in Qatar.

Potentially helped by pre-deliveries of the new generation coupled with the previous model in runout mode, the Toyota Corolla gains 4 ranks and 13% on 2012 to hit #6, while the Hyundai Elantra is up 44% to #10 and the Hyundai Accent up 55% to #11. Other impressive performers this year in Qatar include the Mitsubishi Lancer EX up 457% (!) to #15, the Nissan Sentra landing directly at #16, the Mitsubishi Pajero up 125% to #19, Toyota Sequoia up 107% to #30, the Range Rover up 321% and 64 spots to #33, Renault Duster up 143% to #47, Hyundai Sonata up 182% to #52 and the Toyota RAV4 up 786% to #57.

Previous post: Qatar July 2013: Lexus LX up to 4th place

Previous year: Qatar Full Year 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser holds onto top spot

Full Year 2013 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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Qatar July 2013: Lexus LX up to 4th place!

September 29th, 2013 No comments

Lexus LX Qatar July 2013Lexus LX

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After gaining a huge 47% year-on-year in July 2012, new car sales in Qatar are up a further 23% in July 2013 to 7,702 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 51,344 units, up 7% on 2012. Dethroned by the Toyota Hilux last month, the Toyota Land Cruiser resumes its domination of the Qatari models ranking in July thanks to 631 sales and 8.2%, level with its year-to-date market share of 8.1%. The Hilux is down to #2 but only 29 units below at 602 sales and 7.8%, way above the 6.6% it commands year-to-date, while the Toyota Prado rounds up the Qatari podium as it does year-to-date, albeit with a much stronger market share of 5.3% vs. 3.8%.

VW Passat Qatar July 2013. Picture courtesy of automiddleeast.comVW Passat

The best performer this month is the luxury version of Qatar’s best-seller, the Lexus LX, up 4 spots on June to a fantastic 4th place at 209 units and 2.7%. Let’s also salute the 5th place of the Nissan Patrol, stable on last month but significantly above its year-to-date level, the Hyundai Elantra up 8 ranks to #6, the Hyundai Tucson up to #7 vs. #13 year-to-date, Mitsubishi Lancer EX up 6 to #10, Nissan Altima up 21 to #15 and the Ford Expedition and VW Passat, both up from outside the Top 100 in June to #20 and #21 respectively in July, vs. #66 and #58 year-to-date.

Previous month: Qatar June 2013: 3 Nissans in Top 6, Patrol up to 5th place

One year ago: Qatar July 2012: Toyota Hilux beats Land Cruiser again

Full July 2013 Top 120 Ranking Table below.

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Qatar June 2013: 3 Nissans in Top 6, Patrol up to 5th place

August 29th, 2013 No comments

Nissan Patrol Qatar June 2013The Nissan Patrol jumps inside the Top 5 most popular models in Qatar this month.

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New car sales in Qatar are up 4% year-on-year in June to 6,577 registrations and 2% year-to-date to 42,400 units. If the Toyota Hilux takes the lead this month thanks to 591 sales and 9% share, the Toyota Land Cruiser holds onto its year-to-date pole position for dear life at 4,136 units and 9.8% vs. a less convenient 3,379 and 8% for the Hilux. The Toyota Prado is third in both rankings but far below at 5.7% this month and 4.6% in 2013. Nissan has an excellent showing: 3 models in the Qatari Top 6 this month (like Toyota), okay it’s the bottom 3 but still: the Sunny is up to #4 vs. #8 year-to-date, the Patrol up to #5 vs. #9 and the D22 pick-up down to #6 vs. #5.

Lexus LX Qatar June 2013The Lexus LX is #7 year-to-date in Qatar.

Before we leave the Top 10, let’s salute the great performance of the super luxurious Lexus LX, ranking 7th year-to-date with 1,213 sales and 2.9% share. Further down, great gainers in June include the Hyundai Tucson up to #10 vs. #18 year-to-date, the Toyota Fortuner up to #15 vs. #28, Mitsubishi Lancer EX up to #16 vs. #31, Ford Ranger up to #22 vs. #65 and the Hyundai Sonata up to #23 vs. #48.

Previous post: Qatar February 2013: Toyota Avalon #10, Nissan Sentra #19

One year ago: Qatar June 2012: Toyota Hilux and Land Cruiser fight

6 months Top 180, June Top 100 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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Qatar February 2013: Toyota Avalon #10, Nissan Sentra #19

April 12th, 2013 1 comment

Nissan Sentra Qatar February 2013Nissan Sentra

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Qatar is the only market in the Gulf Cooperation Council region to lose ground year-on-year this month, down 5% to 6,811 registrations, however the year-to-date total is still up by a healthy 10% to 14,283 units. The Toyota Land Cruiser and Hilux continue to dominate the Qatari models ranking head and shoulders with 751 sales and 11% and 558 and 8.2% respectively. Far below, the Nissan D22 is up one spot on January to jump onto the podium this month at 258 units and 3.8%, the Toyota Camry and Nissan Sunny are both up 3 to #4 and #5 respectively while the Nissan Patrol is up 7 to 9 and the Toyota Avalon up a huge 61 ranks to land at #10 with 128 sales and 1.9%. The Ford Edge is up 44 to #18 and the Nissan Sentra lands directly within the Qatari Top 20 for its first month in market at #19 with 92 units and 1.4%.

Previous month: Qatar January 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser #1, Mercedes S-Class up

One year ago: BQatar February 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser reigns supreme

Full February 2013 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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Qatar January 2013: Land Cruiser #1, Mercedes S-Class up

April 1st, 2013 2 comments

Mercedes S Class Qatar January 2013Mercedes S-Class

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Qatar is another Middle-Eastern market to display impressive growth these days: after gaining 32% over the Full Year 2012, it is up 29% year-on-year in January to 7,472 registrations. The Toyota Land Cruiser is still sovereign here thanks to 726 sales and 9.7% share this month, followed by the Toyota Hilux at 523 units and 7% and the Toyota Prado with 374 units and 5%, which makes the January podium identical to the Full Year 2012 one.

Chevrolet Trailblazer Qatar January 2013Chevrolet Trailblazer

Great performers in Qatar this month include the Nissan D22 pick-up up 5 spots on December to #4, the Toyota Corolla up 13 to #5, Toyota Coaster up 29 to #10, Honda Accord up 37 to #14, Mercedes S-Class up 59 to #21, Chevrolet Trailblazer up to #32, Kia Sportage up to #33, BMW X5 up to #36 and Mercedes M-Class up to #42.

Previous post: Qatar Full Year 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser holds onto top spot

Full January 2013 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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