Saudi Arabia January-April 2016: Hyundai Accent takes the lead

Hyundai Accent Saudi Arabia April 2016. Picture courtesy automiddleeastThe Hyundai Accent is the most popular vehicle in Saudi Arabia so far in 2016. 

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New light vehicle sales in Saudi Arabia are down a worrying 21% year-on-year over the first four months of 2016 to 225.646 units. Toyota falls 30% and drops almost 4 percentage points of market share but remains ultra-dominant at 30.5% of the market and 68.810 sales, yet Hyundai is up to 22.7% share thanks to deliveries down just 7% to 51.126. Nissan (-20%), Kia (-13%), Isuzu (-27%) and Ford (-18%) follow. Chevrolet is up 0.4% and gains one percentage point of share to 4.9% in 7h place. Mazda (+35%), Renault (+16%), Suzuki (+55%), Land Rover (+16%) and Infiniti (+11%) impress.

Hyundai Sonata Saudi Arabia April 2016. Picture courtesy karage.tvThe new model lifts the Hyundai Sonata up 37% to #6. 

The Saudi models ranking undergoes a complete reshuffle: leader in 2015, the Toyota Hilux is down 39% to #4 as it transitions to the new generation. Instead, the Hyundai Accent gains two spots and takes the overall lead despite dropping 19% to 14.806 units. The Toyota Corolla (-27%) is also up two ranks to #2 and the Hyundai Elantra (-25%) is down one to #3. Note the percentage change are year-on-year while the position changes are compared to the Full Year 2015 ranking. The Hyundai Sonata is up a fantastic 37% to leap up to #6, the Mazda6 is up 231% to #11, the Kia Optima up 25% to #15 and the Ford Taurus up 23% to #19. Among new launches, the Hyundai Creta ranks #40, the Chevrolet Spark #45 and the Ford Figo #52.

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Saudi Arabia Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux and Hyundai Elantra on top

Toyota Hilux Saudi Arabia 2015The Toyota Hilux remains the best-selling nameplate in Saudi Arabia.

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As opposed to most markets in the region, Saudi Arabia continues to grow in 2015 at +5% to 879.704 registrations. Toyota is still sovereign here of courses but sheds fractions of market share with sales up 3% to 308.492 and 35.1%, followed by Hyundai up a whopping 25% to 184.535 and an outstanding 21% of the market vs. 17.6% a year ago. Isuzu is up 16% to 57.706, bypassing Kia (-8%) and Nissan (-13%) while Ford remains in 6th place despite sales down 2% to 46.715. Mazda delivers the best performance of any Top 20 carmakers with volumes up 85% to land in 8th place. Notice also – in order of sales – Renault up 14%, Mitsubishi up 40%, Jeep up 25%, Cadillac up 29%, Infiniti up 165%, Volkswagen up 44% and Subaru up 111%.

Renault Symbol Saudi Arabia 2015. Picture courtesy arabgt.comSuccessful launch for the Renault Symbol in Saudi Arabia.

In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux holds onto the pole position, improving its share to 7.9% thanks to sales up 5% to 69.177. However the Hyundai Elantra is catching up fast with volumes up 25% to 61.936 as is the Hyundai Accent up 19% to 55.720, both nameplates overtaking the mighty Toyota Corolla up just 7% to 53.719. The Yaris (-2% and Camry (+10%) make it four Toyotas in the Top 6. The Hyundai Sonata (+44%), Mazda6 (+73%) and Mazda3 (+515%) also shine, and the Renault Symbol (#44) and Captur (#87) lodge very satisfying scores for their first full year in market. The Renault Dokker (#110) is the best-selling newcomer followed by the Hyundai Creta (#120).

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Saudi Arabia September 2015: Toyota Hilux sovereign

Toyota Hilux Saudi Arabia September 2015. Picture courtesy Toyota FlickrThe Toyota Hilux keeps its crown in Saudi Arabia (1979 and 2015 models pictured).

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After the UAE we are now able to share with you rare sales data for Saudi Arabia in September (72.796 sales) and year-to-date (660.886). Toyota celebrates 60 years of presence in Saudi Arabia by crossing the 40% market share milestone in September vs. 34.3% year-to-date. It is followed by Hyundai (16.5%), Nissan (7.5%) outpacing Kia and Ford, both at 6.2%. Add Chevrolet (3.6%) and Isuzu (3.4%) and you have 83.5% of the Saudi market in September, with no other manufacturer selling over 1.500 units or holding more than 2% market share. Compared to our previous updates, we can now see detailed sales data for Renault Samsung (#10) frankly outselling its parent company (#16), Geely leading the Chinese at #18, Porsche at #20 in-between BMW and Mercedes, and outside the Top 25 let’s single out Chinese carmakers MG (#28) and GAC Gonow (#34).

Toyota 60 years Saudi ArabiaToyota celebrates 60 years in Saudi Arabia (here in the early eighties).

Nissan Patrol Saudi Arabia September 2015Nissan Patrol (pictured in Dubai)

Logically, Toyota places no less than seven nameplates inside the September Top 10 models. The Hilux is sovereign, boosted even further up by the new generation to 10.3% share vs. 6.8% so far this year. The Hyundai Accent (5.7%) and Elantra (5.6%) impressively outmanoeuvre both this month and year-to-date the perennial passenger car leader the Toyota Corolla (5.2%), itself under threat by its smaller sibling the Toyota Yaris (5%). The Land Cruiser (#6) improves vastly on its FY2014 ranking (#14) as does its Pickup variant at #9 vs. #23. The Fortuner makes it to the Top 10, just. Notice also the Nissan Patrol shooting up to #13, the Nissan X-Trail appears at #51, the Geely Emgrand EC7 leads all Chinese nameplates at #60 and the Volvo XC90 is up to #68 thanks to the new model. Complete rankings are below.

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Gulf 1st Half 2015: All Toyota models data now available (BSCB exclusive)

Toyota Hilux Saudi Arabia August 2015. Picture courtesy saudishift.comThe new generation Toyota Hilux has just launched in the Gulf region.

Thanks to the work of Toyota’s head office in Japan, we are able to share with you today exclusive sales figures for the Gulf Cooperation Council region for all Toyota and Lexus nameplates over the First Half of 2015. Keeping in mind Toyota is over-dominant in the region, this data is equivalent to understanding the Top 5 best-sellers in each country that is part of the area. The data covers no less than 34 nameplates across the Toyota and Lexus brands for the following markets:

– Saudi Arabia
– United Arab Emirates
– Bahrain
– Kuwait
– Oman
– Qatar

We learn that the Toyota Hilux is once again the brand’s and the overall best-seller in the region as a whole but also in Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE. The Toyota Corolla follows over the GCC region but does not rank #1 anywhere, only #2 in Saudi Arabia below the Hilux. The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 for its part is #1 in Bahrain and Qatar, while the Toyota Prado dominates in Kuwait.

Previous GCC updates:

Saudi Arabia Q1 2015: Hyundai Accent leaps to #2

United Arab Emirates Q1 2015: Mitsubishi Lancer up 3-fold to #2

Bahrain Q1 2015: Toyota Hilux overtakes Land Cruiser to #1

Kuwait Q1 2015: Toyota Prado ultradominant

Oman Q1 2015: Toyota sovereign in market down 12%

Qatar Q1 2015: Nissan Patrol jumps onto podium

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Saudi Arabia 1st Quarter 2015: Hyundai Accent leaps up to #2

Hyundai Accent Saudi Arabia March 2015Hyundai Accent

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The Saudi new car market is up a robust 9% year-on-year over the First Quarter of 2015 to 211.444 registrations. Toyota is master in command once again with 71.755 deliveries and just under 34% share (vs. 36% in 2014), ahead of Hyundai at 18.9% (vs. 17.7%) and Nissan leaping up to 9.4% compared to 6.9% last year. Isuzu gains one spot to #4 while Kia drops two to #5, Ford and Chevrolet are stable, Mazda is up four to #8 and 2.2% share and GMC brilliantly rounds up the Saudi Top 10.  If the Toyota Hilux stays in command of the models ranking, the Hyundai Accent surprises by leaping up 18% to 2nd place overall, overtaking the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Corolla compared to the FY2014 ranking. Below, the Isuzu D-Max is up 34% year-on-year at #8, the Isuzu NPR is up 3 spots to #9, the Nissan Sunny up 28% to #11 and Hyundai Tucson up 118% to #18.

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Saudi Arabia Full Year 2014: Toyota Hilux #1, Yaris in Top 5

Toyota Yaris Saudi Aarabia March 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Yaris

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New car sales in Saudi Arabia are purposely driving their way towards the annual million units, with 2014 up 10% to a record 833,711 registrations. As expected, Toyota dominates the brands ranking with 36% of the market, above Hyundai at a region-best 17.7%, Kia at 7%, Nissan at 6.9% and Isuzu at 6.4%. Chevrolet (#7), GMC (#9) and Renault (#10) are particularly strong in Saudi Arabia compared to other markets in the Gulf Cooperation Council region. The Toyota Hilux keeps its crown but sees its market share drop to 8.2%, in fact the entire Top 4 is identical to 2013 with the Toyota Corolla saving its 2nd spot by the skin of its teeth despite sales down 19% vs. -9% for the Hyundai Elantra at #3 and the Hyundai Accent up 21% at #4. The Toyota Yaris (+50%) enjoys the benefits of its new generation to overtake the Toyota Camry (-2%) for 5th place while the Isuzu D-Max remains at #7 with sales up 25%. Outstanding performance of the Nissan D22 Pickup up 25 spots to #8.

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Saudi Arabia August 2014: Toyota Camry shoots up to #2

Chevrolet Tahoe Saudi Arabia August 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Chevrolet Tahoe ranks #9 year-to-date in Saudi Arabia, a world best.

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After a one month-hiatus, we return to the Middle East on BSCB with sales data for all the Gulf region, starting with Saudi Arabia. Continuing on its excellent run, the Saudi new car market is up 16% year-on-year in August to 65,020 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 544,810 units, up a robust 11% on 2013. Let’s get straight into the models ranking. After a month of July dominated by the new generation-boosted Toyota Corolla, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the crown it holds year-to-date thanks to 4.477 sales, still at a relatively shy 6.9% market share though, compared to the 8.2% it commands year-to-date.

Toyota Camry Saudi Arabia August 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comToyota Camry

The Corolla is kicked down to #5 below the Hyundai Elantra (#4), Accent (#3) and Toyota Camry, benefitting fully from runout prices on the outgoing model and jumping up 4 spots on both July and year-to-date to a splendid 2nd place with 6.2% share vs. 4.3% YTD. Further down, General Motors’ newly revamped SUVs are doing a good job with Saudi consumers: the GMC Yukon lodges a second consecutive month inside the Top 15 at #15 and 1.6% share vs. #19 so far in 2014 and the Chevrolet Suburban is up 11 ranks on July and 21 ranks on its year-to-date ranking at #16 with 1,053 sales and 1.6% share vs. 0.7% year-to-date. The Chevrolet Tahoe strangely has a month off though at #29 vs. #9 year-to-date.

Geely EX7 Saudi Arabia August 2014. Picture courtesy of racing5.clThe Geely EX7 is among Saudi Arabia’s 100 most popular vehicles this month.

Finally, let’s welcome Chinese manufacturer Geely into the Saudi sales data for the first time, with figures available retrospectively up to April 2014 for the entire Gulf region. The Geely EC7 is the brand’s best-seller in Saudi Arabia at #41 and 336 sales in August and #60 year-to-date, followed by the GC6 at #63 and #133, the EC8 at #69 and #74 and the EX7 at #91 and #119.

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Saudi Arabia June 2014: Toyota Corolla up to second place

Toyota Corolla Saudi Arabia June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Corolla

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After losing 5% in June last year, the Saudi new car market is back up a splendid 19% year-on-year this month to 71,609 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 408,073 units, up 12% on 2013. Below the Toyota Hilux untouchable in pole position with 6,380 sales and 8.9% share (8.8% year-to-date), the Toyota Corolla steps up to 2nd place thanks to the new generation and 4,945 units for a strong 6.9% market share vs. #4 and 5.8% year-to-date… As a result the Hyundai Elantra (#2 year-to-date) is knocked out to third place in June at 3,828 sales and 5.3% vs. 5.9% year-t0-date. The Toyota Yaris, also boosted by a new generation now on sale in the region, holds very well at #4 and 4.5%, overtaking the Hyundai Accent.

Chevrolet Impala Saudi Arabia June 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comChevrolet Impala

Other great performers this month in Saudi Arabia include the Kia Cerato up to #11 vs. #16 year-to-date, the Hyundai Santa Fe up to #17 vs. #23, Ford Taurus up to #19 vs. #25, Chevrolet Impala up to #22 vs. #37, Ford Explorer up to #25 vs. #39, Renault Duster up to #32 vs. #47, Nissan Altima up to #33 vs. #53, Ford Ranger up to #58 vs. #95, Honda City up to #82 vs. #129 and the Toyota Avanza landing at #99 for its first month of sales in the country at 71 units.

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Saudi Arabia March 2014: Toyota Hilux leads, Yaris up to #2

Toyota Yaris Saudi Aarabia March 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comToyota Yaris

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The Saudi new car market is up 11% year-on-year in March to 69,015 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 194,479 units, up 5% on 2013. After the Hyundai ‘hijack’ from January (Hyundai Elantra #1 and Accent #2!), the models sales charts is back to a little bit of normalcy in Saudi Arabia. The Toyota Hilux lodges a 2nd consecutive month in pole position with 5,949 sales and a strong 8.6% market share, bringing it back into #1 spot year-to-date at 15,049 units and 7.7% vs. 12,842 and 6.6% for the Hyundai Elantra and 11,562 and 5.9% for the Hyundai Accent.

Chevrolet Tahoe Saudi Arabia March 2014The 2015 model should push the Chevrolet Tahoe further up in Saudi Arabia.

This month’s best performer is the Toyota Yaris, up 3 spots on February to a fantastic second place overall thanks to 4,174 sales and 6% share, that’s a 63% improvement on March 2013, partly due to the arrival of the new generation sedan pictured above. The Toyota Corolla is down 3 ranks to #5 (remaining #4 YTD) above the Toyota Camry. Excellent showing of the Chevrolet Tahoe up two spots to #7 and #8 YTD vs. #13 in 2013, making it the best-selling non-Asian vehicle in the country this month. The Nissan D22 Pick-up is stable at #8 and #7 YTD, a far cry from the #33 spot it held over the Full Year 2013. The Isuzu D-Max makes it 3 pick-ups inside the Top 9.

Infiniti Q50 Saudi Arabia March 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comFirst appearance of the Infiniti Q50 in Saudi rankings.

Outside the Top 10, let’s salute the GMC Yukon solid at #18 and 1,069 sales, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 6 spots on February to #19, the Nissan Patrol up 14 ranks to #23 and up to #31 YTD vs. #121 over the Full Year 2013, the Mazda6 up 9 to #31, Nissan Altima up 89 ranks on last month to #52, Dodge Challenger up 77 to #54, Nissan Maxima up 61 to #57 and the Kia Cadenza up 27 to #75. In fact most Nissan models display explosive growth this month as the carmaker enjoys a successful return to the Saudi car scene. Among newcomers, the Infiniti Q50 lands at #131, the Maserati Ghibli at #174 and the Audi A3 at #206.

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Saudi Arabia January 2014: Hyundai Elantra & Accent beat all Toyotas!

Hyundai Elantra Saudi Arabia January 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comHyundai Elantra

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New car sales in Saudi Arabia are surprisingly down 4% year-on-year in January to 59,871 registrations, the only country in the region to lose ground this month. And there is another big surprise atop the models sales charts: not one but two Hyundais dominate, above all Toyotas! This is potentially the first time it ever happens in Saudi Arabia. The Hyundai Elantra is the most popular vehicle in the country thanks to 4,296 sales and 7.2% share while the Hyundai Accent holds the 2nd spot at 3,835 units and 6.4%.

Mazda CX-9 Saudi Arabia January 2014. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comMazda CX-9

Leader over the Full Year 2013, the Toyota Hilux is kicked down to third place with 3,496 sales and 5.8% share, way below the 9% it commended in 2013. The Corolla, Camry and Yaris save Toyota’s honour in the Top 6. Just below the Nissan D22 Pick-up sparks, up from #33 in FY2013 to #7, as do the Nissan Sunny N17 up 47 spots to #11, the Toyota RAV4 up 11 to #19, the Mazda CX-9 up 9 to #31, GMC Savana up 63 to #34, Hyundai i10 up 48 to #35, Nissan Patrol up 79 to #42 and the Citroen C-Elysée up a huge 184 ranks to #53.

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