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The Solomon Islands are located east of Papua New Guinea and composed of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands stretching 1.500 km (930 mi). Solomon is home to 599.419 inhabitants and has sometimes been described as an ‘unformed state’. The country’s capital, Honiara, is located on the island of Guadalcanal.
The new car market in the Solomon Island has been freefalling for the past few years and 2017 is no exception with a steep 28.5% year-on-year decline to just 226 registrations, to be compared with 433 in 2014. Toyota tightens an already air-tight grip on the Solomon market thanks to deliveries down “just” 14% to 48.2% share vs. 40.2% in 2016. Isuzu also improves to 33.2%, with the two leading brands now holding 81.4% of the market vs. 68% a year ago. Nissan implodes 49% to just 8.4% vs. 11.7% in 2016 and Hyundai fares even worse at -61% to 7.1% share vs. 13% a year ago. Great Wall disappears from the ranking after selling just one unit in 2016. The Toyota Hilux is estimated to be the best-selling nameplate in the Solomon Islands.
Full Year 2017 Top 6 All-brands vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.