Turkey August 2016: Renault Symbol and VW Passat on top

Renault Symbol Turkey August 2016The Renault Symbol is the most popular vehicle in Turkey in August. 

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August sales are still reeling from the political unrest of July, down 13% to 71.556 units. The year-to-date tally is now down 5% to 568.906. Volkswagen remains the best-selling manufacturer in the country despite deliveries falling sharply at -18% to 11.167, Fiat is up 2 spots on July to 2nd place with 7.720 sales and 10.8% share, overtaking Ford (-27%) and Renault (-23%). Toyota (+18%), Skoda (+38%), Seat (+23%), Land Rover (+172%) and Suzuki (+2746%) post significant year-on-year gains. Model-wise, the Renault Symbol surges 74% to 2.892 sales and 4% share just as the larger and more expensive Fluence is being replace by the Megane Sedan. It distances the VW Passat up 6%, the Opel Astra up 30% and the Fiat Egea at 2.488 sales, still not managing to replicate the success of its predecessor the Linea.

Previous month: Turkey July 2016: Opel Astra, Fiat Egea and Renault Symbol in photo finish

One year ago: Turkey August 2015: VW Jetta and Renault Fluence on top

One year ago (all models): Turkey July-August 2015: Now with All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

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Greece August 2016: Toyota places 3 nameplates in Top 4

Toyota Auris Greece August 2016Toyota Auris 

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The Greek new car market slips down 7% year-on-year in August to just 4.174 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally is up 10.5% to 58.621 units. Toyota goes against the grain with a 19% year-on-year gain to 699 sales and 16.7% share, distancing Opel at 8.2% (+10%), Volkswagen at 7.2% (+6%) and Nissan at 7% (+46%). Mercedes slips down 9% to #5, but Fiat gains 30% to #7. Hyundai (-22%), Citroen (-23%), BMW (-34%) and Renault (-50%) are the main culprits of the market decrease this month. The Toyota Yaris remains the best-selling vehicle in the country despite deliveries down 6% to 377 ahead of the Opel Corsa down 19% to 163. The Toyota Auris (+202%) and Aygo (+43%) make it 3 Toyotas in the Top 4. Other impressive gainers include the Opel Astra (+68%), Nissan Micra (+271%) and BMW X1 (+436%)

Previous month: Greece July 2016: Toyota Yaris back in charge, Fiat Panda up to #2

One year ago: Greece August 2015: BMW 1 Series and Mercedes A Class shoot up

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Romania August 2016: Romania August 2016: Opel Astra shines in market up 69%

Opel Astra Romania August 2016Opel Astra

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August sales in Romania are up 69% year-on-year to 12.411 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 15% to 58.631 units in 8 months. Dacia evolves like its home market at +70% to 4.175 sales, resulting in a mammoth 33.6% share vs. 29.7% so far in 2016. Volkswagen (+37%) and Skoda (+53%) are back above Renault which ranked #2 last month but gains another 110% in August. Inside the Top 10, Ford (+76%), Opel (+93%) and Hyundai (+141%) stand out, outside, Peugeot (+150%), Honda (+198%) and Lexus (+220%) impress. Model-wise, Dacia monopolises the podium again with the Logan (+64%), Sandero (+114%) and Duster (+74%) in the lead but the Opel Astra at #4 and best-selling foreigner (+254%) and the Ford Fiesta at #9 (+249%) deliver the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10. Notice also the Renault Clio (+110%), Skoda Rapid (+129%), Suzuki Vitara (+153%), Renault Captur (+221%) and Hyundai i20 (+308%) posting spectacular gains.

Previous month: Romania July 2016: Dacia recovers to 35.8% share, Logan to 24.5%

One year ago: Romania August 2015: Dacia monopolises podium again

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United Arab Emirates January-July 2016: Land Cruiser takes charge

Toyota Land Cruiser UAE July 2016The Toyota Land Cruiser tops the UAE sales charts so far in 2016. 

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Reflecting an overall gloomy trend in the Middle-East, new light vehicles in the United Arab Emirates are down a steep 20% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to 189.084 units. Toyota maintains its stranglehold on the market, selling almost double any other carmaker around with 56.983 units and 30.1% share vs. 30.019 and 15.9% for #2 Nissan. Mitsubishi falls 33% to 11.1% in third place above BMW, stunning at -2% and 6% share vs. 4.9% a year ago, Hyundai (-15%), Ford (-23$) and Lexus (-5%) round up the Top 5 with Infiniti (+1%), Dodge (+6%), Peugeot (+21%), Jaguar (+9%), Volvo (+12%) and Geely (+2600%) the only Top 30 carmakers posting year-on-year gains. Ram (#31), SAIC-MG (#33) and Opel (#35) also leap up.

bmw-7-series-uae-july-2016Sales of BMW 7 Series are up 5-fold in the UAE with the arrival of the new generation.

In the models ranking, thanks to sales down just 2% due to the arrival of the new generation, the Toyota Land Cruiser takes the lead of the UAE sales charts with 10.926 sales and 5.8% share, overtaking the Toyota Hilux at 9.195 (-29%) and the Mitsubishi Lancer EX at 8.517 (-37%). The Nissan Patrol (-19%), Mitsubishi Pajero (-16%) and Toyota Prado (-23%), all evolve roughly in the same category as the market leader but all fall sharply. The only nameplates managing a year-on-year sales gain inside the Top 20 are the Toyota Camry (+5%), Fortuner (+9%), Lexus LX (+2%) and Nissan X-Trail (+61%). Helping the brand achieve the 4th spot detailed above, the BMW X4 is up 182% to #32 and the 7 Series up 5-fold on the previous generation to #33. The Hyundai Creta lands at #36, the Mitsubishi Montero Sport at #69 and the Suzuki Vitara at #165. Full sales charts are below.

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Previous post: UAE January-April 2016: Mitsubishi Lancer EX stays #1, Pajero up to #3

Previous year: United Arab Emirates Full Year 2015: Mitsubishi Lancer EX up to #1

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Lebanon January-July 2016: Toyota places Yaris, Prado & Land Cruiser on podium

toyota-prado-lebanon-july-2016The Toyota Prado is up 64% to rank #2 in Lebanon so far in 2016. 

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The Lebanese new car market is down slightly so far in 2016 at -6% over the first 7 months of the year to 29.252 registrations. Toyota fights the overall negative trend to post a stellar 14% year-on-year gain to lift its market share to 28.8% thanks to 8.421 sales. Kia (-10%) at 15.2% and Nissan (-11%) at 12.1% follow above Hyundai (11.6%) and Renault (5.6%) while Mitsubishi tumbles down 47% to 6th place. Lexus (+31%), Chevrolet (+34%), Mazda (+39%), Infiniti (+100%) and most strikingly Peugeot (+113%) post spectacular gains. We welcome back Opel at #26. Model-wise, the Toyota Yaris remains the best-sellers thanks to sales up 7% to 2.430 and this time the podium is 100% Toyota with the Prado up a stunning 64% to #2 and the Land Cruiser up 36% to #3. The Kia Picanto (-16%), Hyundai i10 (-24%) and Kia Rio (-14%) are relegated to #4, #5 and #6 respectively. Notice also the Hyundai Accent up 119% to #7, the Renault Sandero up 107% to #13 and the Suzuki Vitara landing directly just one unit off a Top 20 ranking at #21.

Previous post: Lebanon January-April 2016: Toyota cements domination, Yaris #1

Previous year: Lebanon Full Year 2016: Toyota Yaris and Mitsubishi Lancer EX triumph

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Qatar January-July 2016: Land Cruiser, Lexus LX & Bentley Bentayga shine

lexus-lx-qatar-july-2016-picture-courtesy-caronweb-comThe Lexus LX ranks #4 best-seller in Qatar so far in 2016. 

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New light vehicle sales in Qatar are down a steep 30% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to an almost round 40.003 units vs. 56.759 a year ago. Toyota accounts for over 1 in every 3 sales in the country, even managing to improve its market share to 34.6% thanks to deliveries down ‘just’ 26%. Nissan is hit harder at -35% in 2nd place with Mitsubishi (-24%) rounding up the podium. Kia goes from 3.6% share a year ago to 5% now thanks to sales down just 2% but the best performer in the Top 10 is without a doubt luxury marque Lexus posting a stunning 47% year-on-year increase to 1.979 units and 4.9% share. Outside the Top 10, Jeep (+171%), Infiniti (+14%), Peugeot (+149%), Ram (+257%), Bentley (+38%), Jaguar (+15%) and Volvo (+29%) also shine but Hyundai (-78%), Volkswagen (-60%) and Land Rover (-50%) struggle.

bentley-bentayga-qatar-july-2016The Bentley Bentayga is already among the 100 best-sellers in Qatar. 

The Toyota Land Cruiser is king of the sales charts once again in Qatar, improving its market share greatly from 9% a year ago to 13.7% now thanks to deliveries up 7% to 5.483. The Toyota Hilux (-38%) sells less than half of this amount at 2.189 with the Mitsubishi Lancer EX (-21%) in tow. Replicating the performance of the brand into the models ranking, the Lexus LX leaps up 71% year-on-year to land at a world-best 4th place with 1.663 sales and 4.2% share, missing out on a podium ranking for just 4 units. The Toyota Corolla (-27%), Prado (-37%) and Nissan Patrol (-56%) suffer the most inside the Top 10. Below, notice the Ford F-Series up 86% to #19, the Kia Picanto up 69% to #22 and Jeep Grand Cherokee up 144% to #23. Among recent launches, the Hyundai Creta (#58) and Bentley Bentayga – already among Qatar’s 100 best-sellers at #94 – do best. The full sales charts are below.

Previous post: Qatar January-April 2016: Land Cruiser at 15.2% share, Lexus LX #3

Previous year: Qatar Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser sails off to 10.2% share

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Oman January-July 2016: Hilux and Land Cruiser P/Up to market down 21%

Toyota Hilux Oman July 2016. Picture courtesy saudishift.comThe Toyota Hilux remains the best-selling vehicle in Oman in 2016. 

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The Omani new light vehicle market is down 21% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to 91.318 registrations. Toyota continues to account for more than 1 in every 2 sales in the country but sees its market share thaw to 52% from 54.2% a year ago due to sales down 24%. Reversely, Hyundai (+2%), Lexus (+4%) and Isuzu (+9%) all gain ground inside the Top 5 whereas Nissan crumbles down 33%. Chevrolet (+3%) and Jeep (+48%) are the only other carmakers displaying positive results within the 20 best-sellers. Toyota logically monopolises the Top 5 best-selling models charts but four of them fall even faster than the market: the Hilux remains the market leader despite deliveries down 29% and is followed by the Land Cruiser Pickup (-30%), Land Cruiser SW (-31%), Prado (-34%) and Corolla (-13%). The Hyundai Elantra, up 11%, is the most popular non-Toyota in Oman at #6. Notice the Hyundai Sonata up 92% to #10, the Toyota Fortuner up 39% to #15 and the Nissan D22 Pickup up 51% to #20, The Hyundai Creta lands at a cool 23rd spot with 792 sales so far this year.

Previous post: Oman January-April 2016: Toyota holds 53.9% market share

Previous year: Oman Full Year 2015: Toyota Land Cruiser P/up edges past Hilux

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Kuwait January-July 2016: Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser & Camry on top

Toyota Prado Kuwait July 2016. Picture courtesy crankandpiston.comThe Toyota Prado is #1 in Kuwait so far in 2016. Picture crankandpiston.com

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New light vehicle sales in Kuwait are down a harsh 29% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to just 62.355 registrations. Market leaders Toyota (-37%) and Nissan (-33%) are hit even harder while Mitsubishi (-11%) and Chevrolet (-15%) both gain share just below. Lexus manages to gain 12% over the same period in 2015 and sees its market share leap from 3% a year ago to 4.8% now. Similarly, Ford goes from 2.2% to 2.8% and GMC from 1.9% to 2.4%. Outside the Top 10, notice Jeep up 1%, Hino up 86%, Peugeot up 11% and Jaguar up 27%. Lincoln (+274%), Acura (+261%), SAIC (+144%) and Volvo (+1200%) post extravagant gains but remain at low volumes.

mitsubishi-pajero-kuwait-july-2016-picture-courtesy-performancedrive-com-auThe Mitsubishi Pajero is up 53% to land in 4th place. Picture performancedrive.com.au 

Model-wise, the Toyota Prado remains by far the most popular choice in Kuwait, and this despite sales tumbling down 43% year-on-year to 5.607 for a 9% market share. The Toyota Land Cruiser (+1%) and Camry (-32%) complete a podium 100% Toyota. Excellent performance of the Mitsubishi Pajero up 53% to 4th place with 2.477 sales and of the Nissan Patrol also going against the grain at +8% to 2.387 in 5th position. Notice also the Kia Optima up 53% to #10, the Nissan X-Trail up 22% to #12, Toyota RAV4 up 28% to #18, Mitsubishi Outlander up 70% to #24 and Lexus RX up 74% to #25.

Previous post: Kuwait January-April 2016: Prado, Land Cruiser, Patrol and Pajero on top

Previous year: Kuwait Full Year 2015: Toyota Prado crosses 10% share milestone

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Cyprus August 2016: Nissan Qashqai reclaims YTD lead

Nissan Qashqai Cyprus August 2016. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Nissan Qashqai is the best-selling nameplate in Cyprus so far in 2016. 

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Thanks to our partnership with SEMO Cyprus and INNOSOFT, today is the day for the Cyprus market update. August sales are up 18% year-on-year to 779 units, lifting the year-to-date tally up 33% to 8.766 deliveries. The Nissan Qashqai reclaims the year-to-date lead it held back in 2014 with 488 sales, edging past the VW Golf (478) and the Ford Fiesta (468), leader in August like last year. The Toyota RAV4 (#3), Nissan Juke (#4), Honda CR-V (#7), Renault Captur (#8) and Hyundai Tucson (#9) make August the month of SUVs in Cyprus.

Previous month: Cyprus July 2016: Ford Focus and Hyundai Tucson shine

One year ago: Cyprus August 2015: Ford Fiesta best-seller

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South Korea August 2016: Hyundai and VW struggle, Samsung shines

Renault Samsung SM6 South Korea July 2016. Picture courtesy motorgraph.comRenault Samsung SM6 

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The South Korean new car market is down a harsh 11% year-on-year in August to 123.463 registrations, with local carmakers down 11% and foreigners down 13%. Yet the year-to-date tally remains in positive territory at +4% to 1.189.532 units. Locals are up 5% but foreigners down 7%. Hyundai, handicapped by repeated strikes at his local factories, is hit the hardest at -18% to 42.112 sales and 34.1% share of local brands vs. 37.1% year-to-date, with sister brand Kia registering the 2nd largest drop among locals at -10% to 37.404 and 30.3%. GM Korea falls slightly slower than the market at -8% to remain third while Renault Samsung (+24%) holds onto its newly acquired 4th spot ahead of Ssangyong (+2%), all this solely thanks to the tremendous success of the SM6 aka Renault Talisman, back inside the overall Top 10 in August with 4.577 deliveries or 59% of the brand’s sales this month.

Volkswagen South Korea July 2016. Picture courtest theguardian.com and Kim Hong Ji ReutersVolkswagen disappears at -98% with its entire lineup hit by a stop sale in South Korea.

The big story among foreign carmakers is the skidding into oblivion of Volkswagen, imploding down 98% to just 76 sales at #23 now that its entire lineup is stifled with a stop sale order. Only the VW CC (23) and Touareg (53) remain in the August sales charts, all other nameplates disappear. Audi (-83%) is also hit and drops to #15 vs. #8 year-to-date. Mercedes on the other hand is faring beautifully at +32% to 4.835 sales and 3.9% share, well ahead of BMW at 3.047 (-16%). Land Rover (+299%) and Jaguar (+332%) are the best foreign performers in August, followed by Lexus (+148%), Ford (+115%), Mini (+87%) and Honda (+76%).

chevrolet-impala-south-korea-august-2016Chevrolet Impala sales are up 118% year-on-year in South Korea. 

Over in the models ranking, the Hyundai Avante is up 3 spots on July to land in pole position for only the third time this year after February and June and despite deliveries freefalling 23% to 6.756. In fact, 6 of the Top 7 August best-sellers drop significantly vs. August 2015: the Chevrolet Spark (-16%), Kia Morning (-21%), Sorento (-25%), Hyundai Sonata (-28%) and Santa Fe (-30%). Only the Kia Carnival (+18%) goes against the grain in 6th place.

Chevrolet Volt South Korea July 2016The Chevrolet Volts arrives in South Korea in August. 

The Ssangyong Tivoli is back inside the Top 10 with 4.357 sales. The Hyundai Tucson (+31%), Chevrolet Malibu (+102%), Kia K7 (+117%) and Chevrolet Impala (+118%) post impressive gains while other recent launches mark a pause: the Kia Niro is down 2 spots on July to #23, the Genesis EQ900 is stable at #25 and the Hyundai Ioniq down 4 to #32. Finally, we welcome the Chevrolet Volt in the South Korean sales charts in August with a lonely two sales for now. The Mercedes E-Class (+60%) and C-Class (-6%) lead foreign models above the BMW 5 Series, 3 Series and Mercedes S Class. The Ford Explorer jumps to #6, the Honda Accord is up to #12 and the Cadillac CT6 makes its first appearance at #43.

Previous month: South Korea July 2016: Kia teases Hyundai for market lead, VW implodes (-86%)

One year ago: South Korea August 2016: Facelifted Chevrolet Spark soars to #4

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