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Saudi Arabia Full Year 2012: Hilux up 52%, Hyundai Accent #3

February 15th, 2013 No comments

Toyota Hilux Saudi Arabia 2012Toyota Hilux

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The Saudi new car market finishes 2012 on a high: up 35% year-on-year in December to 69,580 registrations, bringing the 2012 total to 704,214 units, up 18% on 2011. December highlights include the Toyota Fortuner up 4 spots to #8, Ford Taurus up 19 to #11 and Hyundai Santa Fe up 10 to #19. Over the Full Year 2012, the Toyota Hilux keeps the title of most popular vehicle in Saudi Arabia thanks to sales up a whopping 52% year-on-year to 68,016 units and 9.7% share, peaking at 7,397 sales in September. In fact all models on the Saudi podium this year progress faster than the market: the Toyota Corolla is up one spot and 32% to 50,998 units and 7.5%, peaking at 5,847 sales in December, and the Hyundai Accent is up 39% to 39,819 units and 5.7%, peaking at 2,954 sales in April.

Hyundai Accent 2012Hyundai Accent

Below the Toyota Camry down 2% in spite of the new model, the new generation Hyundai Elantra replaces the old one in 5th place in 2012, up 109% and 5 spots on 2011 to 31,227 units and 4.4%. The Toyota Yaris is up 28% but stays #6 while the Toyota Land Cruiser is up 38% and 3 ranks to #8. The success story of the year in Saudi Arabia is without a doubt the Ford Expedition, up a huge 138% and 10 spots on 2011 to land in 9th place with 19,553 sales and 2.8%. It peaked at #6 with 4.1% share in August

Ford Expedition Saudi Arabia 2012Ford Expedition

Further down, notice the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up up 41% to #14, Toyota Prado up 57% to #17, Hyundai Tucson up 53% to #22, Toyota Avalon up 57% to #24, Hyundai Santa Fe up 115% to #28, Kia Optima up 150% to #32, Ford Edge up 123% to #42 and Dodge Charger up 106% to #46. Among models enjoying their first full year of sales in the country, the Chevrolet Sonic ranks #49, Hyundai Veloster #65, Chevrolet Colorado #74 and Ford Figo #85.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia November 2012: Chevrolet Colorado just outside Top 10

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top, Hyundai shines

Full Year and December 2012 Top 200 Ranking Tables below.

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Saudi Arabia November 2012: Chevy Colorado just outside Top 10

December 24th, 2012 3 comments

Chevrolet Colorado

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Another outstanding month for new car sales in Saudi Arabia, up a huge 42% year-on-year in November to 63,094 registrations and bringing the year-to-date total to 634,634 units, up 17% on 2011 and already way above of the Full Year 2011 tally which was 594,299. In the models ranking, October highlights included the 2nd place of the Hyundai Accent at an excellent 6.9% share and Kia placing the Cerato at #9 and the Rio at #14. In November, Toyota monopolises the podium with the Hilux stable at a shining 10% share, followed by the Corolla at 7.7% and the Camry at 5.4%.

Isuzu D-Max. Picture courtesy of DriveArabia.com

After a couple of months at slightly lower levels, the Ford Expedition is back at stratospheric heights, up to #7 with 2,274 sales and 3.6% (vs. 2.9% year-to-date and 1.4% in 2011), its second best month in Saudi Arabia after reaching #6 and 4.1% last August. But the best performer in November is without doubt the Chevrolet Colorado, up to #11 at 1,261 units and 2% for its first full month in market… The Isuzu D-Max is back in the Top 10 at #10 while Chevrolet Sonic also excels, up 40 spots on October to #15 with 912 sales and 1.4%.

Chevrolet Trailblazer. Picture courtesy of DriveArabia.com

Further down, notice the Toyota FJ Cruiser at #24 (after ranking #22 in October), the Chevrolet Traverse at #26 vs. #51 year-to-date, the GMC Acadia up 11 ranks to #35, the Ford Figo up 94 to #44, the Lexus LS up 83 to #69, the Chevrolet Trailblazer landing directly at #110 with 46 sales and the Kia Quoris arriving at #151. Finally the Citroen C-Elysee sells its first 2 units in the country this month.

Previous post: Saudi Arabia September 2012: Toyota rocks the house, again…

One year ago: Saudi Arabia November 2011: Hyundai Accent threatens Toyota Corolla

Full October and November 2012 Top 150 Ranking Tables below.

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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.

Saudi Arabia September 2012: Toyota rocks the house, again…

November 22nd, 2012 1 comment

Toyota Camry. Picture courtesy of Motoring Middle-East

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A bit of delay as usual for the Middle-Eastern sales figures with September now available. After losing ground for the first time this year in August, the Saudi new car market is back on track in September: up a massive 43% year-on-year to 64,070 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 520,190 units, up 17% on 2011. Toyota is traditionally very strong in Saudi Arabia but this month the Japanese manufacturer ups the ante: it monopolises the Top 4 spots with all models delivering market shares frankly higher than their 2012 year-to-date levels: the Toyota Hilux leads the way with 7,397 sales and 11.5%, up 77% year-on-year and to be compared to 9.6% YTD.

Toyota Sequoia

The Toyota Corolla is up 70% on September 2011 at 5,509 units and 8.6% share vs. 7.2% YTD, the Toyota Camry is up 60% to 5,091 sales and 7.9% vs. 5.4% YTD and the Toyota Yaris is up 42% to 2,705 units and 4.2% vs. 3% YTD. As a result the usual successful Hyundai are stepping back a little: both the Accent and Elantra are down to 3% share vs. 5.2% and 4.6% YTD respectively. Within the Top 10, notice also the Kia Cerato up one spot to #8 and the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up up 5 to #9.

Hyundai Santa Fe. Picture courtesy of Motoring Middle-East

Below, there are more hyped up Toyotas: the Sequoia is up 10 ranks to #15 and the Innova up 4 to #17. Boosted by the new generation, the Hyundai Santa Fe is up 41 spots to #22, the Ford Crown Victoria continues on its last legs, up 4 to #25, the Kia Frontier is up 54 to #27, the Chevrolet Aveo up 37 to #31 and the GMC Savana up 57 to #36. Finally the Chevrolet Colorado lands at #119 with 36 sales for its first month in the country.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia August 2011: Ford Expedition improves further

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top

Full September 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Saudi Arabia August 2012: Ford Expedition improves further

October 3rd, 2012 2 comments

Ford Expedition

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It seems that the European gloom has now reached the Middle-East. For the first time in 2012, the Saudi new car market is down year-on-year at -3% in August to 47,899 registrations. The year-to-date total is however still up a very healthy 14% on 2011 to 456,120 units. The leading trio is unchanged on July and is 100% Toyota for the 2nd time in 2012. The Toyota Hilux leads once again with 3,880 sales and 8.1% (-9% year-on-year) ahead of the Toyota Corolla at 3,463 units and 7.2%, up an impressive 38% on August 2011. The Toyota Camry rounds up the podium with 2,898 sales and 6.1%, above its 2012 year-to-date share (5%) but still 8% below August 2011.

Toyota Camry. Picture by Khalid Al-Atwi, all rights reserved.

Two Hyundais follow: the Accent is #4 at 2,494 units and 5.2% but stays #3 year-to-date at 6.1% and the Elantra is #5 both this month (4.6%) and year-to-date (4.7%). The Ford Expedition was already the highlight model in May, June and July and is now seriously shaping up to be the success story of 2012 in Saudi Arabia. In August it reaches never-seen before heights: up 57% year-on-year and one spot further up to #6 with 1,977 sales and 4.1% market share, potentially its first time above 4% in Saudi Arabia… It ranks #9 year-to-date at 2.6% vs. #19 and 1.4% in 2011…

Chevrolet Malibu

The other great performers in the Saudi Top 20 all come from Asia: the Kia Cerato is up 4 ranks to #9 with 1,339 units and 2.8%, the Toyota Prado is up 12 to #11 and 2.2%, double its July share, and the Toyota Avalon is up 7 to #18. Notice also the Chevrolet Malibu continuing its progression to #26, the Ford Crown Victoria enjoying its last breath and up 54 spots to #29, the Lexus ES up 20 to #35, the Dodge Durango up 25 to #37 and the BMW 7 Series up 24 to #42.

Renault Duster

Further down, the Hyundai Atos is up 55 ranks to #45, the Toyota Aurion up 26 to #46, the Jeep Grand Cherokee up 23 to #50, its little brother the Jeep Cherokee up 20 to #61, the Dodge Challenger up 21 to #73, the Lincoln Town Car up 16 to #87, the Renault Duster up 25 to #96 and the Suzuki Swift Dzire making its first appearance in the Saudi models ranking at #132.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia July 2012: Ford Expedition up again

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top

Full August 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Saudi Arabia July 2012: Ford Expedition up again

September 16th, 2012 No comments

Ford Expedition

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New car sales in Saudi Arabia are up a very respectable 21% year-on-year in July to 61,066 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 408,221 units, up 16% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux is once again the favourite model in the country with 5,716 sales and 9.4%, ahead of the Toyota Corolla at 5,061 units and a very strong 8.1% share, its best since last January. Helped by the new generation, the Toyota Camry climbs onto the podium for the first time this year thanks to 3,359 sales and an excellent 5.5% share. This means the Saudi models podium is 100% Toyota for the first time in 2012.

Toyota Camry. Picture by Mashfique H. Chowdhury, DriveArabia.com

The Hyundai Accent is down one spot on June to #4 and is followed by the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Yaris, both stable at #5 and #6 respectively. Already under the spotlight in May and June, the Ford Expedition keeps lodging outstanding month after outstanding month in Saudi Arabia: it is up to #7 in July with a record 2,097 sales and 3.4% share and now up to #9 year-to-date at 11,012 units and 2.7%. For comparison in August the Expedition is #100 in the USA with 3,219 sales

2013 Ford Taurus

Other great performers this month in Saudi Arabia include the Honda Accord up 4 spots to #12, the Toyota RAV4 up 14 to #19, the Ford Taurus up 25 to #24, the Chevrolet Malibu up a further 3 ranks to #27 vs. #43 year-to-date, the Chevrolet Sonic up an impressive 48 spots to #33, the GMC Savana up 18 to #39, the Ford Focus up 22 to #46, the Ford F-Series up 27 to #68, the Jeep Cherokee up 24 to #81 and the Renault Duster up 51 to #117.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia June 2012: Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon superstars

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top

Full July 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Saudi Arabia June 2012: Ford Expedition & GMC Yukon superstars

August 7th, 2012 2 comments

Ford Expedition

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The Saudi new car market is up a very healthy 19% year-on-year in July to 62,906 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 347,155 units, up 15% on 2011. Head and bonnet above the rest of the pack, the Toyota Hilux grabs a very round 10% market share thanks to 6,275 sales, adding up to 33,067 and 9.5% year-to-date. It is followed on the podium by the Toyota Corolla at 4,427 units and a strong 7% share and the Hyundai Accent with 3,202 sales and 5.1%.

GMC Yukon XL

In fact the Top 6 best-sellers are unchanged vs. June and the 2012 year-to-date ranking: the Toyota Camry ranks 4th at 4.7%, ahead of the Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Yaris both at 4.2% while the Toyota Land Cruiser is up 2 spots to #7. Another amazing month for the Ford Expedition, improving further to 2,063 sales and 3.3% share, or triple its June 2011 score! The Chevrolet Tahoe is up one rank to #9 .

GMC Acadia

Another American SUV gets noticed in Saudi Arabia this month: the GMC Yukon is stable at a very respectable 11th place with 1,735 units and 2.8% vs. 2.1% year-to-date. If we add the score of the Yukon XL at #17 with 989 units, total Yukon sales stand at 2,724 and 4.4% share, equivalent to an outstanding 5th place overall…

GMC Terrain

In a very stable ranking we can still notice a few other great performers this month: the Hyundai Azera up 5 spots to #24, the Chevrolet Malibu up 3 to #30, the Chevrolet Caprice up 13 to #40, the GMC Acadia up 28 to #48, the Suzuki APV up 19 to #53, the Hyundai Atos up 40 to #55, the GMC Savana up a massive 83 ranks to #57, the GMC Terrain at #75 vs. #89 ytd and the Chevrolet Camaro up 20 to #92.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia May 2012: Ford Expedition triples sales year-on-year

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top

Full June 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Saudi Arabia May 2012: Ford Expedition triples sales year-on-year

June 29th, 2012 1 comment

Ford Expedition

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New car sales in Saudi Arabia are up a massive 18% year-on-year in May to 61,106 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 284,249 units, up 14% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux continues to dominate the models ranking by far with 5,575 sales and 9.1% this month and 26,792 and 9.4% year-to-date. After a weak April (#6), the Toyota Corolla is back up to #2 with 4,211 units and 6.9% but is #3 year-to-date at 6.5% behind the Hyundai Accent with 19,200 sales and 6.8%. The Toyota Camry and Hyundai Elantra follow at 4.9% and 4.4% respectively.

GMC Yukon

The best performer in the Top 10 is the Ford Expedition, up a huge 205% year-on-year to #8 with 1,973 units and 3.2%, making it #11 year-to-date with 6,852 sales and 2.4% vs. #19 and 1.4% in 2011! Other great performers include the GMC Yukon up 5 spots to #11, the Chevrolet Aveo up to #24, the Chevrolet Malibu up a huge 99 ranks on April to #33, the Mazda3 up 37 to #44, the Hyundai Genesis up 15 to #51, the Hyundai Veloster up 24 to #60 and the VW Jetta up 24 to #79.

Previous post: Saudi Arabia March 2012: Toyota Hilux close to 12% market share

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Full May 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Saudi Arabia March 2012: Toyota Hilux close to 12% market share

May 12th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Hilux

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The Saudi car market is up 7% year-on-year in March at 57,569 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 164,209 units, up 10% on 2011. With supply issues now resolved, the Toyota Hilux reaches heights no model had approached in at least 18 months, up to a massive 11.6% market share thanks to 6,695 sales and dominates the 2012 year-to-date ranking head and shoulders at 15,108 units and 9.2%.

Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up

The Toyota Corolla is up one spot to #2 with 3,612 sales and 6.3% ahead of the Hyundai Accent, taking a breather after record figures in February with 3,388 units and 5.9%, and the Hyundai Elantra, getting stronger at 4.9% and 2,846 sales. Very solid month for the Toyota Land Cruiser, up 5 spots to #7 at 1,881 units and 3.3%, and its Pick-up variant, up 16 ranks to #15 with 1,125 sales and 2%.

Ford Flex

Other great performers this month in Saudi Arabia include the Mitsubishi L200 up 24 spots to #26, the Kia Optima up 6 to #27, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 23 to #32, the Ford Flex staying in the Top 50 at #48 vs. #89 in 2011, the Hyundai Genesis up 24 to #49 and the Kia Frontier up 37 to #50. Further down, notice the Lexus GS landing directly at #73, the Range Rover up 80 spots to #77 and the GMC Terrain up 106 to #84.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia February 2012: 3 Hyundais in Top 5, Accent #2 at 8%

Previous year: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top

Full March 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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Saudi Arabia February 2012: 3 Hyundais in Top 5, Accent #2 at 8%

April 9th, 2012 Comments off

Hyundai Accent

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Saudi new car sales are up a healthy 14% year-on-year in February at 55,805 registrations, with the year-to-date total up 12% at 106,640 units. As it was the case over the Full Year 2011, the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in the country in February with a very strong 10.2% market share thanks to 5,675 sales. Is spite of a weak 4th place in January the Hilux is also #1 year-to-date at 8,413 units and 7.9%.

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s pressure is however getting stronger by the month in Saudi Arabia, with the Korean carmaker placing no less than 3 models in the February Top 5! The Hyundai Accent ranks #2 for the 4th time in the last 6 months and breaks its volume and market share records at an outstanding 4,473 sales and 8%!

#1 in January, the Toyota Corolla is down to #3 this month, followed by the new gen Hyundai Elantra also delivering its highest ranking, volume and share since its May 2011 launch with an impressive 2,552 units and 4.6%. In 5th place the Hyundai Sonata lodges its third best volume in the last 12 months with 2,189 sales and 3.9% share. #2 in 2011, the Toyota Camry is down to #6 this month while the new generation spreads across the country.

Ford Expedition

Other great performers in February include the Ford Expedition up to #8 with 1,346 sales, its highest ranking in over a year in the county, the GMC Sierra at #20 vs.#37 in 2011, the Chevrolet Cruze at #24 vs.#41, Ford Edge at #34 vs.#64, Chevrolet Sonic at #35 vs.#96, Ford Flex at #47 vs.#89 and Chrysler 300C at #60 vs.#124.

Peugeot 3008

Peugeot seems to be doing something right in Saudi Arabia right now: whereas it had no model within the Saudi Top 150 over the Full Year 2011, it places no less than 5 in February! The 3008 is #125, followed by the 206 at #132, the 308 at #135, the 5008 at #141 and the 207 at #144… Notice also Lincoln placing the Town Car at #148 and the MKT at #150.

Previous post: Saudi Arabia Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux and Camry on top, Hyundai shines

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