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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.

United Arab Emirates: Where Ferraris go to die?

December 7th, 2012 1 comment

Ferrari 599 GTB. Picture by Ed Callow, all rights reserved.

This update is brought to you by HSBC.

If you are a regular BSCB reader you will know that the new car market in the United Arab Emirates is up a formidable 29% year-on-year so far in 2012 at 228,702 registrations. HSBC says the main reasons for this growth have been favourable oil prices and stability in the fundamental parts of the economy, as well as an increasing range of cars available. There are however two very interesting and quite unique car sales trends in the UAE that I haven’t covered yet, mainly because they apply to the used car market. The first one is that more and more people in the UAE seem to be buying classic cars (over 30 years old), with 7,000 to 8,000 in the country at the moment. Note the ‘Range of cars’ link is sponsored.

Burj Khalifa, Dubai. Found any abandoned Ferraris lately? Picture by Avatarmin, all rights reserved.

The second trend in the UAE relates to luxurious cars. We know that a lot of African countries are where European cars like the Mercedes 190 go to finish their long and eventful life. But who would have thought the UAE is shaping up to be where Ferraris go to die? Given fuel is cheaper, many expats and UAE nationals do give up to the temption to splash out on their dream car…

Or perhaps a lost Mercedes SLS AMG? Picture by Martijn Beekmans, all rights reserved.

However the turmoil in the international economy has disrupted their owners’ ability to pay for them. UAE law frowns upon debt, so rather than face stiff penalties their owners have fled the city, or even the country, abandoning their cars. If you see a Ferrari lying around unused and unloved (yes you read that right), you’ll know why. When these cars get towed away and if no one has claimed them after 15 days, they go up for auction, giving consumers the chance to take one at a knock down price…

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United Arab Emirates September 2012: Nissan Sunny shines

November 22nd, 2012 No comments

Nissan Sunny

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New car sales in the United Arab Emirates are up another flamboyant 35% year-on-year in Septembet to 28,650 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 228,702 units, up 29% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux ranks #1 for the 4th consecutive month and the 6th time this year with 2,120 sales and 7.4% share, adding up 15,382 and 6.7% year-to-date, now with an almost unassailable lead over the Toyota Prado (11,032 units) and the Toyota Land Cruiser (10,996) for the title of UAE’s most popular model in 2012. Exceptional performance of the medium commercial vehicle Fuso Canter, up to #2 this month at 1,244 sales and 4.#. It ranks #5 year-to-date.

Kia Quoris

There are 5 Toyotas in the Top 6 this month like in the 2012 YTD ranking with the Corolla at #5 and 3.8% and the Camry at #6 and 3.5%. The new generation Nissan Sunny is an instant success in the Emirates, pushing the nameplate up 6 ranks on last month to #7 at 785 units and 2.7% share. Other great performers include the Nissan X-Terra up 4 to #18, the Nissan Urvan up 27 to #28, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 80 to #34, the Chevrolet Malibu finally taking off, up 52 spots to #35, the Lexus ES up 11 to #38 and the Ford Figo up 85 to #52.

Infiniti JX35

As far as newcomers are concerned, for its 2nd month of sales in the Emirates the Infiniti JX35 is up to #84 with 68 sales, and in September the Peugeot 208 (7 units), VW Polo (6 sales) Chevrolet Colorado (5 units) and Kia Quoris (2 sales) all make their very first appearance in the Emirati models ranking…

Previous month: UAE August 2012: Toyota Hilux and Prado still on top

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Full September 2012 Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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United Arab Emirates August 2012: Toy Hilux and Prado still on top

October 3rd, 2012 No comments

Toyota Hilux. Picture by Abdulmalik Al-Sabeg, all rights reserved. (click to enlarge)

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New car sales in the United Arab Emirates are up another spectacular 36% year-on-year in August to 27,300 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 200,052 units, up 29% on 2011. The Toyota Hilux seems to have taken a definitive advantage in the Emirati models ranking this year, at #1 for the third consecutive month and the 5th time in 2012 with 2,090 sales and 7.7%, also topping the 2012 year-to-date ranking at 13,262 units and 6.6%. The Toyota Prado ranks 2nd like in July with 1,491 sales and 5.5% but is #3 year-to-date at 9,874 units and 4.9%, only 11 units below the Toyota Land Cruiser, #3 in August. The Toyota Corolla is up 2 spots to make the Emirati Top 4 100% Toyota for the 5th consecutive time…

Nancy Ajram endorsement of the Nissan Micra

The Fuso Canter is the best-selling non-Toyota model for the 4th month in a row at #5, ahead of the Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, D22 and Patrol with the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up rounding up the Top 10. The Mitsubishi Pajero is up 10 spots to #11, the Nissan X-Terra up 64 to #22, the Nissan Micra up 75 to #25, the BMW 7 Series also up 75 to #33, the Hyundai Azera up 14 to #36, the Chevrolet Tahoe also up 14 to #39, the Lexus ES up 38 to #49 and the VW Passat at #54.

Previous month: United Arab Emirates July 2012: Toyota Hilux and Prado strong

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Full August 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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United Arab Emirates July 2012: Toyota Hilux and Prado strong

September 16th, 2012 No comments

Armoured Toyota Hilux. Picture by aressecurityvehicles, all rights reserved.

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The Emirati new car market is up a huge 46% year-on-year in July to 23,911 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 172,752 units, up 28% on 2011. Already #1 last month, the Toyota Hilux gets further up in July, reaching an excellent 8.6% market share thanks to 2,068 sales. It is also #1 year-to-date at 11,172 units and 6.5%. The Toyota Prado is also very strong this month, up one spot to #2 with 1,572 sales and 6.6%, ahead of the Toyota Land Cruiser at 1,132 units and 4.7%. The Toyota Camry is stable at #4 with 3.5%, followed by the Fuso Canter, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Altima, very solid at #7 and 2.9% share vs. #10 and 2% year-to-date.

VW Touareg

Other great performers this month in the United Arab Emirates include the Nissan Sunny up 4 spots to #12 vs. #21 ytd, the Hyundai Sonata at #18 vs. #24, the Hyundai Tucson at #20 vs. #28, the Range Rover Sport at #31 vs. #40, the Honda Civic up 24 ranks to #33, the VW Touareg up 56 to #34, the Mercedes C-Class up 12 to #38, the Renault Duster up 24 to #45, the Ford Fusion up 68 to #49, the Hyundai Azera up 55 to #50, the Toyota Previa up 59 to #60, the Chevrolet Silverado up 42 to #61, the Toyota Aurion up 32 to #67, the Chevrolet Malibu at #70 vs. #124 ytd and the Infiniti G up 50 spots to #85.

Previous month: United Arab Emirates June 2012: Toyota Hilux at 8%, Camry up

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Full July 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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United Arab Emirates June 2012: Toyota Hilux at 8%, Camry up

August 7th, 2012 4 comments

Toyota Camry

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Emirati consumers are definitely in the mood for buying new cars in 2012: the market is up a huge 54% year-on-year in June at 25,255 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 148,841 units, up 26% on 2011. This month the Toyota Hilux takes a clear advantage in the models ranking, selling 2,025 units for an 8% market share and reinforcing its lead in the 2012 year-to-date ranking at 9,104 sales and 6.1%. Leader last month, the Toyota Land Cruiser is down to #2 at 1,318 units and 5.2%, followed by the Toyota Prado up one spot to #3 and 1,084 sales.

BMW 7 Series

Helped by the new model, the Toyota Camry is up to #4 with 921 units and 3.6% vs. 3.1% year-to-date and passes the Toyota Corolla, down 3 spots to #5. Like last month, the Fuso Canter is the best-selling non-Toyota at #6, ahead of the Nissan Altima at #8 (+6), the Mitsubishi L200 at #9 (+2) and the Nissan D22 at #10 (-2). The Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up is strong again at #7 vs. #11 in 2012.

Chevrolet Malibu

Other great performers in the UAE in June include the Hyundai Sonata up 10 ranks on June to #17, the BMW 5 Series up 16 to #25, the Jeep Grand Cherokee up 11 to #38, the BMW 7 Series up a massive 83 spots to #45, the Ford Figo up 67 to #49, the Lexus GS up 26 to #60 and the Chevrolet Malibu up 25 to #64.

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Full June 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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United Arab Emirates May 2012: Toyota Land Cruiser rocks on

June 30th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Land Cruiser

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The Emirati new car market is in full swing in 2012: up 49% year-on-year in May to 27,283 registrations and up 50% year-to-date to 123,486 units. While in 2011 the Toyota Corolla snatched a last minute pole position from the Toyota Hilux, this year the fight is even more intense and involves 4 Toyotas. The Land Cruiser is the most popular model in the country in May with 1,665 sales and 6.1%, ahead of the Corolla at 1,535 and 5.6%, the Hilux at 1,505 and 5.5% and the Prado at 5.1%.

Toyota Prado

In April it was a completely different story: the Prado took the lead with a brilliant 6.7% markets share and was followed by the Hilux (5.6%) and Land Cruiser (5.3%). Year-to-date in 2012, we have yet another picture with the Hilux in command at 5.7% followed by the Land Cruiser at 5.1% and the Prado and Corolla both at 4.6%. Plus in May two additional Toyotas rank in the Top 6: the Camry at #5 with a strong 3.6% share and the Land Cruiser Pick-up having a huge month at 3.3% share vs. 1.9% year-to-date and 1.5% in 2011…

Hyundai Azera

Other great performers this month include the Mitsubishi Pajero up 13 spots on April to #10, the Nissan Sunny very solid at #12, the BMW X5 up 5 to #19, the Hyundai Santa Fe up 23 to #21, the Kia Rio up 7 to #33, the Hyundai Azera up to #39, the Nissan Micra up 69 ranks to #46, the BMW 6 Series up to #59 and the Renault Duster landing at #72.

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Full May 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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United Arab Emirates March 2012: Toyota Hilux back in command

May 12th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Hilux

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Emirati car sales are up 9% in March to 24,904 units, bringing the year-to-date total to 71,458 registrations, up 13% on 2011. After losing the best-seller title in extremis to the Corolla last year due to supply issues, the Toyota Hilux is now back in command, ranking #1 both in March with 1,940 sales and 7.8% share and year-to-date at 4,191 units and 5.9%. The Toyota Land Cruiser is up 3 spots on last month to land #2 with 1,648 sales and 6.6% and is now #3 year-to-date like in 2011.

Toyota Land Cruiser

Down one spot to #3 this month, the Toyota Corolla however is still #2 year-to-date at 3,419 units and 4.8%. Another very solid month for the Fuso Canter at #4, followed by the Toyota Camry, Yaris, Nissan Tiida and Patrol. Big moves are found further down the ranking with the Ford Focus up 22 spots to #27, the Hyundai Veracruz up 81 to #31 even though it is at the end of its life, the Ford Fiesta up a huge 155 ranks to #33, the Dodge Charger up 22 to #35 and the Infiniti FX up 86 to #36. Notice also the Range Rover Evoque up 12 spots to #87.

Previous month: UAE March 2012: Toyota Corolla and Hilux fight it out

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Full March 2012 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

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United Arab Emirates February 2012: Corolla & Hilux fight it out

April 9th, 2012 No comments

Toyota Corolla

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The Emirati car market is up 16% year-on-year both in February at 23,914 registrations and year-to-date at 46,551. Best-seller in extremis last year, the Toyota Corolla is #1 again after 2 months in 2012 with 2,398 sales and 5.2% share. However the Toyota Hilux, weak in January at 2.8%, reclaims the top spot in February at 1,607 units and 6.7%. It is #2 year-to-date with 2,251 sales and 4.8%. The Fuso Canter rounds up the podium at 3.7%.

BMW X5. Picture by Fahad Al Nusf, all rights reserved.

Another 3 Toyotas follow in the February ranking: the Prado at 3.7%, Land Cruiser at 3.4% and Camry at 3.1%. Great performers this month include the BMW X5 at #18 with 326 sales and 1.4% vs.#32 in 2011, Hyundai Accent at #20 vs.#42, Hyundai Azera at #53 vs.#161 and Infiniti M at #69 vs.#167.

Ford Taurus

Ford has a great month with the Edge at #25 vs.#45 in 2011, Expedition at #30 vs.#85, Figo at #37 vs.#101, Taurus at #47 vs.#98 and Crown Victoria at #54 vs.#150. Notice also the Range Rover Sport at #39, BMW X6 at #42, Audi A8 at #92 and Cadillac SRX at #117.

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Full February Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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United Arab Emirates 2011: Corolla snatches last minute win

January 27th, 2012 2 comments

Toyota Corolla

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Emirati consumers purchased 21,197 new vehicles in December for a 2011 final total of 243,582 units. After Oman, the United Arab Emirates is the second country in the region where the Toyota Hilux saw its leadership slip between its wheels in the last month of the year: #1 YTD at end Nov and ranking first 6 times this year, December sales disrupted by the Thai floods kicked the Hilux down 2nd place in the Full Year with 11,416 sales and 4.7%. The Toyota Corolla, #1 four times this year, is the best-selling model in the UAE with 12,288 units and 5% share.

Mitsubishi Pajero

The iconic Land Cruiser takes the third spot with 11,011 sales and 4.5%, ahead of the Toyota Camry at 3.8% and Toyota Prado at 3.7%. The Nissan Tiida is the best-selling non-Toyota model in the UAE at #6 with 7,380 sales and 3%, only 20 units above the Mitsubishi Pajero reaching in the UAE its best ranking in the region. Mitsubishi is fairly strong in the Emirates, placing the L200 Pick-up at #10, the Lancer at #11 and being the only brand to manage to place a model at #2 in the monthly rankings: the Pajero in May and June and the L200 in July.

Mercedes S Class

The best-selling non-Japanese model in the Kia Sportage at #19 and the best-selling non-Asian model is the BMW 5 Series at #25. Notice also the Toyota FJ Cruiser at #22 with 2,308 sales, the Mercedes E-Class at #26, BMW X6 at #30, Porsche Cayenne at #31, BMW X5 at #32, BMW 7 Series at #35, Range Rover Sport at #37 and Mercedes S-Class at #38.

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Full Year 2011, December and every Monthly Top 100 Ranking Tables below.

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