Saudi Arabia July 2013: Corolla takes the lead year-to-date!

Toyota Corolla Saudi Arabia July 2013The Toyota Corolla is now in pole position year-to-date in Saudi Arabia…

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As usual with a bit of delay we can explore the Gulf region, let’s start with Saudi Arabia, whose new car market is up a healthy 6% year-on-year in July to 64,870 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 433,611 units, also up 6% on 2012. And we witness a coup atop the models ranking this month: now in total run-out mode, the Toyota Corolla takes the lead both in July with 6,877 sales and a huge 10.6% market share and year-to-date at 34,430 units and 7.9%, passing the Toyota Hilux down to a weak third place this month and adding up to 32,340 sales and 7.5% year-to-date.

Chevrolet Impala Saudi Arabia July 2013. Picture courtesy of almuraba.netThe Chevrolet Impala breaks into the Saudi Top 100 for its 2nd month in market.

Surprise leader in June, the Hyundai Elantra is down to a still remarkable 2nd place in July at 4,531 units and 7%, a little bit over its year-to-date level of 6.8%. The Toyota Camry and Hyundai Accent keep their June rankings at #4 and #5 respectively, which is reverse their year-to-date order. The Honda Accord jumps 3 ranks to a brilliant 7th place at 2.9% vs. #13 year-to-date while the Chevrolet Tahoe is very solid at #8 and 2.8% share, the Toyota Fortuner is up 4 to #9 and the GMC Yukon up 6 to #12. Excellent hold of the Toyota Sequoia at #13 vs. #24 year-to-date. Notice also the Chevrolet Impala up to #80 for its 2nd month in market.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia June 2013: Hyundai Elantra beats all Toyotas!

One year ago: Saudi Arabia July 2012: Ford Expedition up again

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Saudi Arabia June 2013: Hyundai Elantra beats all Toyotas!

Hyundai Elantra Saudi Arabia June 2013Hyundai Elantra

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New car sales are down 5% year-on-year in Saudi Arabia to 60,002 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 363,523 units, up 5% on 2012. For the first time on BSCB I can share with you a brands ranking in Saudi Arabia – but keep in mind Mercedes, Renault and Chinese manufacturers data is unavailable. Toyota leads the way by far with 40.2% share over the first half of 2013 thanks to 146,237 sales, followed by Hyundai (20%), Ford (6.9%), Chevrolet and Kia both at 5.8%.

Ford Expedition Saudi Arabia June 2013The Ford Expedition is up to #7 this month in Saudi Arabia.

However there is a big surprise atop the Saudi models ranking in June: with a massive 5,273 sales and 8.8% share (in all likeliness best-ever scores for the model in the country), the Hyundai Elantra becomes the most popular vehicle in the country in June, ahead of the Toyota Hilux (7.3%), Corolla (6.7%) and Camry (6%)… The Toyota Hilux leads the year-to-date race with 28,768 units and 7.9%, followed by the Toyota Corolla very close at 27,553 sales and 7.6%, the Hyundai Elantra at 6.9% and Hyundai Accent at 5.7%.

Toyota Sequoia Saudi Arabia June 2013The Toyota Sequoia knocks at the Saudi Top 10’s door this month!

Other great performers this month include the Ford Expedition, unflagging in 7th position at 1,986 units sold and 3.3% share vs. #11 and 2.4% year-to-date, the Honda Accord up to #10, Toyota Sequoia up to #11 with 2.2% share vs. #25 and 1.2% year-to-date, Ford Taurus up to #12 vs. #21, Ford F-Series up to #22 vs. #49, Mazda6 up to #27 vs. #40 and the Mitsubishi Lancer up to #37 vs. #77. Finally, notice the Lamborghini Aventador rounding up the Top 200 year-to-date with 20 units sold.

Lamborghini Aventador Saudi Arabia June 2013. Picture courtesy of dexigner.comLamborghini Aventador

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One year ago: Saudi Arabia June 2012: Ford Expedition and GMC Yukon superstars

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Saudi Arabia February 2013: Toyota Hilux edges back past Corolla

Toyota Hilux Saudi Arabia February 2013Toyota Hilux

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Excellent month for new car sales in Saudi Arabia once again, up 12% year-on-year in February to 62,284 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 121,583 units, up 14% on 2012. Note my source is slightly different for all Middle-Eastern countries this month so there will be some little differences. First neither Mercedes nor Renault have reported sales for the region this month so they don’t appear in the ranking. Passed by the Toyota Corolla last month, the Toyota Hilux is back to its traditional pole position in February with 5,224 sales and 8.4% vs. 4,907 and 7.9%, even edging past the Corolla year-to-date at 10,019 units vs. 10,016…

Chevrolet Tahoe Saudi Arabia February 2013Chevrolet Tahoe

The rest of the Top 9 is absolutely identical to the January ranking, talk about a stable market! Both the Hyundai Elantra (6.5%) and Accent (5.5%) lodge stronger market share, the Toyota Yaris is down 4.8%, the Camry up to 4.7% and the Hyundai Sonata stable at 3%. The Chevrolet Tahoe is up 10 spots and doubles its market share vs. January at #10 and 2.6%, the Honda Accord is up 8 to #15, the Ford Econoline appears at #17, the Toyota RAV4 is up 14 to #18, Toyota Aurion up 28 to #32, Chevrolet Trailblazer up 40 to #50 and the Hyundai Genesis is up 34 to #51.

Previous month: Saudi Arabia January 2013: Toyota Corolla in top spot

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

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Saudi Arabia January 2013: Toyota Corolla in top spot

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Traditionally available with a little bit of delay, new car sales in Saudi Arabia start the new year with a bang: up 17% on January 2012 to 59,719 registrations. Surprise in pole position: for the first time since January 2012, the Toyota Corolla leads the Saudi models ranking thanks to an excellent 5,109 sales and 8.6% share vs. 4,795 and 8% for the Hilux, #1 over the Full Year 2012. Hyundai is strong this month and places the Elantra at #3 with 3,458 units and 5.8%, the Accent at #4 with 3,133 sales and 5.2% and the Sonata at #7 with 1,771 units and 3%.

Kia Cerato Saudi Arabia January 2013. Picture courtesy of uae.yallamotor.comKia Cerato

Other great performers this month include the Toyota Yaris up to #5 with 3,109 sales and 5.2%, the Isuzu D-Max up to #8 with 1,757 units and 2.9%, the Kia Cerato up to #11 with 1,410 sales and 2.4% thanks to the all-new model now in dealerships, the Ford Edge up 20 spots on December to #16, Ford Flex up 41 to #36 and the Cadillac ATS making its very first appearance in the Saudi models ranking at #149 with 18 sales.

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

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

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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

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Saudi Arabia November 2012: Chevy Colorado just outside Top 10

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

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Gulf: Direct fast-forward to November 2012 sales

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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…

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

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