Brazil September 2017: Kwid surges to #2 overall, lifts Renault to 10.6% share

The Renault Kwid is only outsold by the Chevrolet Onix this month in Brazil.

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The Brazilian new car market has turned the corner in spectacular fashion, with September sales shooting up 24.9% year-on-year to 193.580 after lifting 17.8% in August. The year-to-date tally is now up 7.9% or 115.000 units to 1.573.562. The September surge is the largest since the 29% increase of April 2013. Brand leader Chevrolet exactly follows the market at +25% to 18.2% share but Fiat trails it at +15% to 13%. Volkswagen compensates for a September 2016 score plagued by a supplier crisis and gains 97% to 12% share, still below the 12.5% it commands year-to-date. The most spectacular performer in Brazil this month is French manufacturer Renault up a fantastic 69% to 10.6% share, up almost 3 full percentage points on August and to BSCB’s knowledge the carmaker’s first ever month above 10% share in Brazil, smashing its previous record of 8.5% established in December 2014. The reason behind this sudden surge is a model that has already proven a hit in India: the Kwid.

In what is surely one of the biggest surprises of 2017, the Kwid soars 259% and 25 spots on its August score to land directly in 2nd place for its fourth appearance in the Brazilian sales charts. At 10.358 sales, it hits a similar monthly volume as the ones delivered in India a few months back, but is markedly above its Indian performance in terms of overall ranking. In the remainder of the Renault lineup, the Sandero (-21%), Duster (-48%) and Oroch (-66%) are hit hard but the Logan (+28%) isn’t, on the contrary. The Kwid has already overtaken the Fiat Argo, launched on the same month, with a total volume to-date of 13.603 vs. 13.163, and is shaping up to be a truly global success for Renault.

Back to the brands ranking: among the rest of the Top 20, only Peugeot (+28%), Jeep (+57%) and Mercedes (+88%) outpace the market this month while Chery becomes the best-selling Chinese carmaker in the country year-to-date, overtaking JAC. Over in the models charts, the Chevrolet Onix continues to gallop well ahead of the market with a 37% imp[rovemnet in September, while below the newcomer the Kwid, the Ford Ka (+32%) passes the Hyundai HB20, down a rare 15%. The Chevrolet Prisma (+15%) trails the market while the Toyota Corolla (+26%) matches it and the VW Gol (+176%) and Fox (+96%) catch up for lost time a year ago. The Jeep Compass is back inside the Top 10, the Fiat Argo is up 6 spots to a record #11 while the Fiat Mobi goes from #8 in August to #16 this month, potentially already affected by the Kwid.

Previous month: Brazil August 2017: Chevrolet Onix and Renault Kwid shine, market up 17.8%

One year ago: Brazil September 2016: Supplier crisis sinks Volkswagen down 56% to #7

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Belgium August-September 2017: BMW X1 shoots up to 2nd place

The BMW X1 is the 2nd best-selling vehicle in Belgium in July. 

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New car sales in Belgium are down 2% year-on-year in September to 40.895 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally remains in positive at +2.6% to 435.341 units. Brand leader Volkswagen plunges down 11% to 9.1% share, whereas its next three followers are all up: Opel (+5%) is up five spots on last month to #2, and both BMW and Renault are up 3% year-on-year. Mercedes (+5%), Audi (+6%), Skoda and Nissan (both at +11%) also shine in the Top 10. Beyond, notice Porsche up 15%, Land Rover up 16%, Suzuki up 20%, Dacia up 46%, Smart up 50% and Ferrari up 200% but Volvo is down 15%, Toyota is down 16%, Citroen down 19%, Honda down 20%, Jeep and Mini down 21%, Tesla down 23%, DS down 24%, Hyundai down 27%, Mitsubishi down 28% and Ssangyong down 44%.

The Top 10 models for the January-August period are now available and once again there are a few changes in the YTD ranking. The VW Golf cements its pole position thanks to a 2.5% share in August, now leading over the Renault Clio (1.6% in August) by 369 sales. The Hyundai Tucson and Opel Corsa both outsell the Clio in August but remain below YTD, while the BMW X1 shoots up to 2nd place overall this month with 2.3% share, snapping the 5th spot year-to-date off the VW Polo. The Peugeot 2008 is getting closer to the Citroen C3 at #7 and the Peugeot 208 reappears in the YTD Top 10 at #10 despite sales down 2% year-on-year

Previous post: Belgium July-August 2017: Hyundai Tucson leads, VW Golf #1 YTD

Previous year: Belgium Full Year 2016: VW Golf back to #1, Hyundai Tucson on podium

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Mexico August 2017: Chevy Beat up to #4, Accent and Cavalier land

The Chevrolet Beat soars to 4th place for its third month in market. 

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The sky is getting darker by the month in Mexico with August sales posting the fourth year-on-year decline in the past five months at -6.5% to 125.343 units. The year-to-date remains in positive territory for less than 3.000 sales at +0.3% to a record 990.567 but should shift into negative by the time September results are known if the trend continues as per the past few months. Market leader Nissan doubles the market decline at -13% to 23.1% share vs. 24.3% so far this year while Chevrolet does even worse at -16% to 15.9% which is actually higher than its YTD level of 15.8%. Volkswagen is in line with the rest of the podium at -14% to 12.2% but below, Toyota (-3%), Honda (+1%) and most strikingly Kia, soaring 30%, manage to improve their market shares year-on-year. Mazda (+2%), Hyundai (+23%) and Dodge (+6%) complete the Top 10 with market-defying improvements. Beyond, BMW (+10%), Jeep (+11%), Ferrari (+11%), Mini (+12%), Ram (+15%), Smart (+21%), Suzuki (+34%), Subaru (+40%) and Fiat (+78%) all brilliantly post double-digit gains.

The Hyundai Accent has kicked off local production in Mexico.

Model-wise, the Nissan Versa (+13%) and Pickup (+16%) both go against the grain with double-digit gains whereas the Chevrolet Aveo falls 20% in third place. The all-new Chevrolet Beat, now helped with the launch of a notchback variant, shoots up another 5 spots to #4 overall after breaking into the Mexican Top 10 for the first time just last month. The Ford Figo is up 19% to break into the Top 10 for the 2nd time ever after last January to hit a record 9th place. The locally-produced Kia Rio is down one rank to #11 but up 104%, the Nissan Kicks is up another two spots on last month to #14, the VW Tiguan is up 11-fold on its August 2016 score to #26, the Toyota Hilux is up 77%, the Mazda CX-5 up 81%, the Renault Duster up 65% and the Honda Odyssey up 192%. There are two newcomers in the Mexican sales charts this month: the Hyundai Accent has kicked off local production at the Kia plant in Pesqueria, Nuevo Leon, reaching 1.044 sales for its first month in market (#34) and the China-made Chevrolet Cavalier has landed at #81 with 296 units sold in August.

The China-made Chevrolet Cavalier has reached Mexican shores. Pictures autocosmos.com.mx

Previous month: Mexico July 2017: Third decline in four months at -7.3%

One year ago: Mexico August 2016: Newest local Kia fires ahead, market up 20%

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Sweden September 2017: Outgoing generation holds Volvo XC60 at #1

The Volvo XC60 “Classic” enables the nameplate to cement its #1 ranking at home.

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New car sales in Sweden mark a pause in September, down 1.9% year-on-year to 31.672 registrations, but the year-to-date total is still up 3.1% to a record-breaking 279.839 units. Homegrown leader Volvo gains a sturdy 8% but remains well below its YTD market share at 18.4% vs. 19.6% while the reverse happens for Volkswagen, up 10% to 17.3% vs. 15% so far in 2017. Kia edges up 2%, a stark contrast with its sister brand Hyundai plummeting down 39%, and also snaps this month the third spot year-to-date off Toyota down 25%. BMW (+0.1%), Mercedes (+16%) and Skoda (+11%) frankly beat the market and are the only other manufacturers in positive in the Top 10, with Audi (-1%), Renault (-5%) and Peugeot (-5%) all down. Beyond, Seat (+36%), Subaru (+20%), Land Rover (+21%) and Ssangyong (+320%) post the largest gains in the Top 30 whereas Citroen (-21%), Lexus (-21%), Mitsubishi (-26%), Ford (-33%), Dacia (-35%) and Tesla (-61%) all struggle.

Kia Niro – Kia is now the third best-selling carmaker in Sweden below Volvo and Volkswagen.

The models ranking continues to see a two-pronged domination by the Volvo XC60, with total sales up 78% to a record 2.683 and 8.5% share ahead of a very dynamic VW Golf up 24% to 2.361 and 7.5% share, its highest scores since November 2015. However, the XC60 score splits into 1.989 “Classic” previous generation (+32% year-on-year) and 694 new generations, double its August score. These detailed figures courtesy of Nils from local publication ViBilagare, who is also reporting that the new XC60 has quickly become a quite usual sight in Stockholm in just the last few weeks. To be noted also is that the XC60 “Classic” currently sold are not stock clearance: the previous generation is still manufactured in Ghent, where it will be replaced by the new XC40 mid-November. All-in-all, it’s fair to say the Volvo XC60 has now secured its first annual pole position at home. Indeed, its closest rival, the new Volvo S/V90, lodges another disappointing month at just 4% share, below the VW Passat (+1%). The VW Tiguan (+116%), Kia Niro (+113%), Mercedes E-Class (+68%) and Kia Optima (+29% to #14 vs. #44 YTD) are the most impressive gainers in the Top 20. Finally, we welcome the Kia Stonic directly inside the Swedish Top 100.

Previous month: Sweden August 2017: Volvo leads, XC60 cements newfound leadership

One year ago: Sweden September 2016: VW Golf best-seller for third month in a row

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UK September 2017: Nissan Qashqai first Japanese model to rank #1

The Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling vehicle in the UK for the first time in history.

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The UK market suffers a sixth consecutive month of decline in September, one of the two biggest months of the year as it coincides with new license plates, down 9.3% to 426.170 registrations. This is the first September decline since 2011, pulling the year-to-date total down 3.9% to 2.066.411 and setting the UK towards its first year in negative since 2011 also. The uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the weak pound has delayed purchase decisions and made cars dearer, all combining to affect the UK market negatively. As a result, business (-5.2%), private (-8.8%) and fleet sales (-10.1%) are all in negative this month. Once ultra-dominant Ford (-19%) and Vauxhall (-26%) register the harshest declines in the Top 10 just as Vauxhall falls to a record-low 5th place for the third time this year. Volkswagen has a very solid month, up 8% to 8.5% share vs. 9.3% for Ford, while BMW (-3%), Mercedes (-2%) and Audi (-5%) all decline slower than the market, resulting in improved shares. Aston Martin (+11%), Alfa Romeo (+12%), Seat (+14%) and Infiniti (+59%) are the only carmakers posting double-digit gains in the Top 40, whereas Mazda (-20%), DS (-29%), Smart (-29%), Subaru (-33%), Bentley (-39%), Fiat (-42%), Ssangyong (-54%), Lotus (-57%) and Jeep (-58%) all implode.

The VW Golf posts a 5th consecutive month inside the UK Top 2.

The main event for the month in the UK is the first ever pole position of the locally-produced Nissan Qashqai in the models ranking. The Qashqai had ranked #2 twice before in the UK (January 2016 and April 2017) but had never been the best-selling vehicle in the country before, making it the very first Japanese nameplate to top the charts of any of the Top 4 European markets (Germany, UK, France and Italy). Coincidentally, the Qashqai is also #1 in Spain this month, which means it should easily beat its record European ranking of #5 (hit in February/March 2013, and February/July 2017). Its UK sales are up a whopping 27% year-on-year to 13.499 which actually isn’t the nameplate’s UK volume record (13.742 last March).

There are a few explanations to the Qashqai’s historic first place this month. See below.

So, why the Qashqai and why now? There are a few explanations to this historic #1 spot. Firstly, it wouldn’t have happened without the excruciatingly long generation transition (and more premium positioning) the traditional leader, the Ford Fiesta, is enduring: down another 45% this month to #3 overall. Secondly, a facelifted version with updated equipment and technology launched in July, renewing the interest for the nameplate. We have reached out to both SMMT and Nissan UK for more insights but they remained surprisingly tight-lipped. So we’ll propose a few additional explanations. With the Vauxhall Astra falling by the wayside recently (-48% this month), the Qashqai is one of only a handful of high volume models still produced in the UK, the other two local productions in the September Top 10 being the Mini (#7) and Nissan Juke (#8).

With the pound at record lows, these local productions give more discount leeway to dealers compared to dearer imports from the European Union – such as the Fiesta or Corsa, but then again, the Golf, also imported, is up 16% to a close #2 in September… On uk-car-discount.co.uk, rebates on the new Qashqai range from £3.425 to £6.924, or 18 to 23% of its retail price. In September 92.2% of Qashqai were purchased in England, traditionally fleet-heavy, vs. 90.4% year-to-date, and the Qashqai only appeared in one other nation’s Top 10: #7 in Wales. It did not make it to the Northern Irish nor Scottish Top 10s: logical in Scotland, but not in Northern Ireland. This seems to indicate a particularly strong fleet month for the Qashqai benefiting from heavy discounting. Nissan UK’s silence about its star nameplate’s performance even given pointed questions would make us incline towards that explanation, keeping in mind discount-boosted private sales were also strong, but in England only.

Previous month: UK August 2017: Golf #1, Mokka X and Kuga break records

One year ago: UK September 2016: Fleet sales edge market up 1.6% despite Brexit

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Norway September 2017: Tesla snaps staggering 15% market share

The Model X posts a record month in Norway, pushing the Tesla brand to record heights.

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The Norwegian new car market is down 2.7% year-on-year in September to 13.484 units, leading to a year-to-date total up just 0.4% to 116.358 registrations. The performer of the month in Norway is without a doubt electric carmaker Tesla, striking again but this time with even more strength. September results show the U.S. carmaker broke the 2.000 monthly sales barrier for the first time in its history – the brand launched here in July 2013 – at 2.003 units, only 80 below market leader Volkswagen. This equals to a staggering 14.9% share of the Norwegian market. For perspective, its previous bests in Norway were 1.493 sales and 10.8% share in March 2014 when it also ranked #2 and when the Model S was by far the best-seller in the country, this for the third time after September and December 2013. Tesla had only managed to break the 1.000 monthly unit barrier once more: in March 2015 when it sold 1.140 for a 8.1% share and third place overall.

The Volvo V90 is up to 4th place in Norway this month thanks to its PHEV variant. 

This month Tesla places both its two nameplates on the Norwegian podium: below the VW Golf up 37% to 10.1% share (69% for the e-Golf), the Model S is up 4-fold on September 2016 to 1.007 sales and 7.5% share, its best result in 2.5 years – since March 2015, while the Model X is up 66% year-on-year to smash its volume and share records at 996 units and 7.4%, previous best being 609 and 4.3% last June. It’s fair to say Norwegian customers cannot wait for the new Model 3… Other great performers in Norway this month include Volvo up 26%, Porsche up 38%, Hyundai up 42% and Mini up 158%. Model-wise, notice the Volvo V90 shooting up 10 spots on August to #4 pushed by the PHEV variant accounting for 60% of its sales this month, the Mercedes GLC up 82% to #20, the Peugeot 3008 up 7-fold to #23, the BMW 5 Series up 176% and the Mini Countryman up 10-fold.

Previous month: Norway August 2017: e-Golf pushes Golf sales above 10% share

One year ago: Norway September 2016: Tesla Model X soars to 2nd place

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Europe August 2017: Discover the Top 345 models and Top 56 brands

The DS 7 makes its first appearance in the European sales charts. 

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Final data for Europe is now available, showing August sales up 4.8% year-on-year to 892.893 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 4% or 403.000 sales to 10.470.593. Firstly, the three main events described in our previous August European sales post remain: Mercedes ranks #2 brand, the Skoda Octavia jumps on the European podium for the first time at #3 and the Dacia Sandero hits a record-breaking 5th place. In fact, the entire Top 40 brands is confirmed, with only minor changes at the tail end of the ranking: MG passing Chevrolet to #41 and Dodge passing Cadillac to #49. Chinese Geely (-11.1%) and DR Motor (+46.2%) have reverse fortunes but remains below 25 sales each across the entire continent.

In the models ranking, the entire Top 20 is confirmed, with only a few changes on the preliminary Top 50 we published last week. The Ford Kuga is up to #22, passing the Mercedes GLC which still posts a record-breaking #23 spot, the Peugeot 3008 passes the Ford Focus to #25, the Mercedes A-Class passes the Peugeot 308 to #29 and the Ford Fiesta passes the Peugeot 2008 to #32. Great performers in the Top 100 include the Nissan X-Trail (+51.1%), Mercedes GLA (+26.6%), Nissan Micra (+73.9%), Dacia Logan (+36.3%), Seat Ateca (+385.4%) and Peugeot 5008 (+202.1%).

The Toyota C-HR leads all recent launches (<12 months) at #41, followed by the Audi Q2 at #49, the Skoda Kodiaq up 31 spots to #57, the Opel Crossland X up 14 to #85, the Suzuki Ignis up 15 ranks to break into the European Top 100 for the first time at #97, the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at #168 and the Range Rover Velar at #185. Finally, even though they haven’t appeared in any local sales charts in August, this month we welcome the Citroen C3 Aircross at #290 and the DS 7 at #311.

Previous post: Europe August 2017: Mercedes #2, Octavia on podium, Sandero in Top 5

Previous month: Europe July 2017: Discover the Top 340 models and Top 57 brands

One year ago: Europe August 2016: VW Tiguan breaks into Top 10 for the first time

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Hungary September 2017: Suzuki Vitara up 102% in market up 16.8%

The Suzuki Vitara holds 8.8% of the Hungarian market in September. 

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The Hungarian new car market is up another whopping 16.8% year-on-year in September to 9.607 units, with the year-to-date tally now up 19.1% to 82.681. Suzuki more than doubles the market growth with a 37% surge to 14.1% share in August, matching its YTD progression to 13% share. Ford (+10%) is back up two spots to the #2 rank it holds year-to-date but with a weaker 9.1% share, and Opel also trails the market at +6% to 8.5% in third place. Toyota on the other hand signs the largest gain in the Top 10 at +47%, with other great gainers including Dacia (+44%), Kia (+39%), Hyundai (+33%) and Renault (+23%). Skoda drops 15% to #6. Model-wise, the Suzuki Vitara more than doubles its sales year-on-year (+102%) to hit a stunning 8.8% market share, distancing the Skoda Octavia (-11%) and Ford Focus (+62%). The Dacia Duster is  up 80% to #6, the Hyundai i30 breaks into the Top 10 at #7 vs. #47 in 2016 and the VW Golf also returns to the Top 10 at #8.

Previous post: Hungary July 2017: Suzuki SX4 S-Cross on podium in market up 15.8%

One year ago: Hungary September 2016: 3 Suzukis in Top 4 for the first time since 2009

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Saudi Arabia August 2017: Hyundai Sonata #1, Renault up 4-fold

Saudi women will be able to drive from June 2018.

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The Saudi new car market, by far the largest in the region, is down a harsh 26% year-on-year in August to 44.542 registrations, matching the year-to-date decline of -27% to 339.944 units. The recent decision by the government to allow women to drive from June next year is good news for local car sales that are likely to get a related boost in 2018. Our local correspondent however warns that the positive effect, although real, will be seen in the longer term after a possible initial spike as a lot of marketing dollars and cash incentives will be spent to capitalise on this new opportunity. The more immediate effect will be hired expat drivers’ jobs being slowly phased out, and well-off Saudi women taking the wheel of an already owned car rather than each and every one buying a new car. Robust sales will also depend on how fast driving schools will set up ladies specific classes to process the demand and how quickly women holding a EU or US driving license will be able to convert them into Saudi licenses.

The Hyundai Sonata is the best-selling vehicle in Saudi Arabia in August.

Saudi best-seller Toyota follows the market at -26% to 33.5% share this month, a full two percentage points higher than its YTD level of 31.5%. Hyundai falls harder at -35% but also lands higher than YTD at 21.1% share vs. 19.5%. Nissan (-32%) and Kia (-43%) also struggle while Renault is the success story of the year with sales up 4-fold (281%) to 4.7% share in 5th place. It ranks 7th year-to-date vs. #10 over the Full Year 2016. Lexus (+1%), Chevrolet (+5%), Dodge (+19%), Mitsubishi (+49%), Land Rover (+61%), BMW (+76%), Chrysler (+81%) and Jeep (+763%) also shine inside the Top 20. Genesis lands at #21.

The Toyota Camry remains the best-seller year-to-date. 

The models ranking is once again the theatre of a significant reshuffle: boosted by its facelift, the Hyundai Sonata is up 58% to take the leadership in August with a stunning 8.8% share vs. 4.7% and 5th place year-to-date. The Toyota Camry (-10%) is knocked down to 2nd place but comfortably holds onto the YTD pole position with 8.4% share and sales up a robust 25%. The Toyota Hilux completes the podium but drops 33%, in line with its 35% YTD decline, distancing the Hyundai Accent (-50% vs. -41% YTD) and Elantra (-53% vs. -45% YTD) both continuing to implode. The Nissan Sunny (+11%) and Mazda6 (+8%) are the only two additional nameplates to gain ground in the Top 10.

The Renault Talisman ranks #12 in Saudi Arabia this month. 

Other great performers near the top of the ranking include the Toyota Land Cruiser up 57%, the Chevrolet Tahoe up 106%, the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup up 116% and the Nissan Navara up 10-fold on its August 2016 score. Responsible for the exceptional year of French manufacturer Renault, the Talisman and Koleos are the two most popular recent launches in the country (<12 months). The former ranks #12 in August with 2% share vs. #19 and 1.6% YTD while the latter is 16th this month after peaking at #4 in June. It ranks #17 so far in 2017. The next best-selling newcomers are the Genesis G80 at #66, the Geely Emgrand GT at #73 and the Ram 1200 at #95.

Previous post: Saudi Arabia First Half 2017: Toyota Camry leads, Renault Koleos smashes in

One year ago: Saudi Arabia January-July 2016: Hyundai Accent and Elantra take charge

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United Arab Emirates August 2017: Nissan Patrol up 67% to 10.3% share

The Nissan Patrol holds 10.3% of the UAE market in August. 

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New car sales in the UAE are down 12% year-on-year in August to 21.027 units, faring a little better than year-to-date down a harsh 18% to 173.921 registrations. Leader Toyota follows the market with a 13% decline to 31.6% market share vs. 30.3% year-to-date, but once again Nissan stands out as the only manufacturer to gain ground in the Top 10 with a splendid 25% year-on-year increase to 21.9% share vs. 17.2% so far in 2017. Mitsubishi (-3%), Kia (-8%) and BMW (-9%) lose less ground than the market but Ford (-20%), Chevrolet (-23%), Honda (-42%) and most strikingly Hyundai (-69%) all freefall. Further down the ranking, GMC (+17%), Mazda (+44%), Hino (+22%) and Peugeot (+5%) are the only Top 25 carmakers in positive, with Lincoln (+150%), Ram (+118%) and McLaren (+100%) dominating smaller brands. Chinese SAIC-MG (+7%) and Geely (+32%) also both gain ground year-on-year.

The BMW X5 ranks at a stunning 5th place in the UAE in August. 

Over in the models ranking, the Nissan Patrol soars 67% year-on-yera to break the 10% market share barrier at 10.3%, increasing the gap over its archenemy the Toyota Land Cruiser down 5% to 7.5% share. Year-to-date, the Patrol also leads with 7.4% of the market thanks to deliveries up 35% vs. -7% and 6.7% for the Land Cruiser. In August, the Toyota Prado jumps 42% to land in third position, with the Mitsubishi Lancer EX also very impressive at #4 and +64%. Even though the BMW X5 is up just 5%, this means an outstanding 5th place overall for the luxury SUV in the UAE. Toyota also places the Hilux (-53%), Camry (+16%) and Corolla (+6%) in the Top 8. Notice also the Ford Escape up 162% to #24 thanks to the new generation. The Nissan Kicks (#24) dominates recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Geely Emgrand GT (#101), Fiat Fullback (#128, Dodge Neon (#137), Chevrolet Trailblazer (#141) and Mazda CX-3 (#144).

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