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France 1-22 October 2014: Citroen C3 up to 2nd place

November 1st, 2014 No comments

Citroen C3 France October 2014. Picture courtesy of L'ArgusCitroen C3

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Still no sparks for French new car sales, down 0.4% year-on-year over the first 3 weeks of October. Peugeot keeps the lead for now thanks to sales up 7% vs. -1% for Renault in 2nd place while Citroen is up 4% in third step. Volkswagen stays 4th but drops 1%, Dacia is up a huge 32% but doesn’t have any models in the Top 10, Ford is up 14% and overtakes Toyota down 22%. The Renault Clio is now way above any other vehicle in the country in the models sales charts with 4,570 units sold over the period. While the Peugeot 308 still battles with its little sister the Peugeot 208 for the brand’s supremacy (4,030 sales vs. 3,969), the Citroen C3 jumps up to 2nd place thanks to 4,040 units. The Peugeot 2008 at #5 makes it 3 Peugeots in the Top 5 vs. just one Renault, even though we welcome back the Scénic (#8) and Captur (#10) in the Top 10.

Previous post: France 1-15 October 2014: Peugeot 308 remains above 208

Previous month: France September 2014: Renault Twingo III up to 8th place

One year ago: France 1-21 October 2013: Peugeot 2008 up to 5th place

Full 1-22 October 2014 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.

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USA Coast to Coast 2014: Driving the Old Route 66 (Part 1)

October 31st, 2014 No comments

1. Ram 1500 Albert Route 66Albert on the Route 66 in Tucumcari New Mexico. 

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This is it! After stopping in Oklahoma City, we are now on one of my most anticipated stretches of road in this entire trip: the Old Route 66, or the Mother Road as it is fondly called. Even though I didn’t have enough time to drive Route 66 in its entire length from Chicago to Los Angeles, I still managed to hop on it for a good 1/3 of its length, all the way from Oklahoma City OK to Gallup NM, driving alongside Interstate 40 which ended up replacing it and visiting places such as Clinton OK, Texola OK, Shamrock TX, Amarillo TX, Tucumcari NM and Albuquerque NM. We will hop back onto Route 66 later in this Coast to Coast trip in California. A thorough visit of this part of Route 66 full of photographs as well as my impressions on the vehicle landscape in this region of the United States are below.

Route 66 mapThe stretch of Route 66 we are following

This part of Route 66, arguably the most ‘historic’ as this is where it all started, sweeps through 3 states: Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico. Although New Mexico car sales data will be covered in more detail in my next Report, it is worth noting that looking at the Top 5 best-sellers in each of these states, a passenger car only appears once: the Toyota Camry at #4 in Texas. Indeed the entire Top 5 in both Oklahoma and New Mexico are monopolised by full-size pickup trucks, the first two states displaying this since the start of my Coast to Coast trip.

Ford F150 F250 Route 66Ford F150 and F250 Super Duty in Sayre OK

Best-selling light vehicles in Oklahoma – 2013:

Pos Model 2013
1 Chevrolet Silverado 13,994
2 Ford F-150 11,517
3 Ram Pickup 9,762
4 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4,932
5 GMC Sierra 4,712

Source: JATO

Ford F250 x 2 Route 662 x Ford F-250 Super Duty in Elk City OK

Chevrolet Silverado Route 66 1A Chevrolet Silverado in our mirror near Elk City OK

Best-selling light vehicles in Texas – 2013:

Pos Model 2013
1 Ford F-150 96,663
2 Chevrolet Silverado 78,047
3 Ram Pickup 67,378
4 Toyota Camry 36,953
5 Ford F-250 Super Duty 33,305

Source: JATO

Ram 2500 Route 66Ram 2500 in Elk City OK

Ford F250 Shamrock 2Ford F-250 Super Duty in Shamrock TX

Best-selling light vehicles in New Mexico – 2013:

Pos Model 2013
1 Ford F-150 4,757
2 Chevrolet Silverado 3,601
3 Ram Pickup 3,368
4 GMC Sierra 2,214
5 Ford F-250 Super Duty 1,837

Source: JATO

Matt Route 66You know you’re in full-size pickup heartland when the squeegees are also full-size.

If the Ford F-150 dominates in Texas and New Mexico, the Chevrolet Silverado, #2 in both states, takes the lead in Oklahoma, kicking the F-150 to #2 there. The Ram Pickup, my very own Albert, remains very stable in third position of all states explored here while the Ford F-250 Super Duty manages the very impressive feat of ranking inside the Top 5 in all of these states as well, peaking at #4 in Oklahoma. The GMC Sierra appears twice: at #4 in New Mexico (its best state ranking so far in this trip) and #5 in Oklahoma, and finally as I mentioned above the Toyota Camry makes a lonely appearance at #4 in Texas.

Dodge Pickup Route 66Vintage Dodge Pickup near Foss OK

That is for official stats, but what does real life observation tell us? Having the opportunity to slow down and take the secondary road that the remnants of Route 66 have become enables us to take in the sleepiness of most towns we crossed. This is the heartland of pickup country, 2 or 3 pickup trucks of various ages parked in front of each house and no sedan in sight isn’t rare. The 2-door white ‘tradesman’ Ford F150 rules here, the F250 Super Duty is even over performing on its Top 5 ranking in the parts of the states we crossed, I would put it on the podium and even potentially in first place in Elk City OK. Even though we were in Texas for part of the journey, the locally-produced Toyota Tundra is much less frequent on this stretch of land as is the Nissan Altima, reversing a trend we have seen since Tennessee and as we approached the Mexican border.

7. Chevrolet Impala Route 66Chevrolet Impala rental in Elk City OK

Being a particularly touristic part of Route 66, the ratio of rental cars is on a steep rising curve, with the favourites being the Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe and Impala. This isn’t any different to what I have seen on American roads since my departure from New York City.

Now that we have cleared the vehicle landscape in this part of the country, let’s get straight into Route 66 highlights, starting with a bit of history on this legendary stretch of road, courtesy of the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum in Clinton OK, a very authentic, thorough and friendly-manned little museum way more interesting than its larger, commercial and fake-looking counterpart a few miles further down the Route in Elk City OK.

Route 66 ca. 1920Road conditions on Rock Island railroad crossing OK ca. 1920 (Picture courtesy ODOT)

The beginning

The numerical designation 66 wasn’t assigned to the Chicago-to-Los Angeles route before 1926, but the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum traces the history of the first paved road system in Oklahoma, the foundation of what would become U.S. Route 66. $1 million was allocated in 1917 for the construction of the Oklahoma state road system, with the first paving laid in 1918 on a stretch that would later be Route 66. From the outset, public road planners intended U.S. 66 to connect the main streets of rural and urban communities along its course for the most practical of reasons: most small towns had no prior access to a major national thoroughfare.

IMG_9968Paving an Oklahoma section of what would become Route 66, ca. 1920

Paving and traffic growth

U.S. 66 was first signed into law in 1927 as one of the original U.S. Highways. Much of the early highway was gravel or graded dirt. Due to the efforts of the U.S. Highway 66 Association established by Tulsa businessman Cyrus Avery, Route 66 became the first U.S. highway to be completely paved in 1938. Traffic grew because of the geography through which it passed: much of the highway was essentially flat and made it a popular truck route. In the aftermath of the Great Depression of 1929, a large part of unemployed workers found their salute in the construction and paving of Route 66, and the Dust Bowl of the 1930s saw many farming families, mainly from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, and Texas, heading west on the Route 66 course for agricultural jobs in California.

AAA service station Route 66 1930AAA Route 66 service station in St James MO ca. 1930

Being the first truly long distance highway in the U.S., Route 66 encouraged the development of more than a few iconic highway habits that are still at play today…

The filling station

One of them is the filling station: on a road that stretched for over 2000 miles, gas stations became a necessity. Before the establishment of dedicated gasoline stations, fuel was purchased at liveries, repair shops or general stores. The drivers poured gas into buckets and then funnelled it into their gas tanks. By the 1920s, with the growing popularity of the automobile, filling stations became the lifeline of Route 66. One could not travel along Route 66 without stopping at a filling station approximately every 70 miles because cars had smaller gas tanks then. Between 1920 and 1930 the number of gas stations in the U.S. increased from 15,000 to 124,000. They evolved from the simplest concept, a house or shack with one or two service pumps in front to a more elaborate model with service bays and tired outlets, selling a particular brand of gasoline.

First Parking meter Oklahoma City 1935The first parking meters in the world were installed in Oklahoma City on 16 July 1935 (above).

The parking meter

With the increase of traffic generated by Route 66, businesses began to develop along Main Street and the need for parking became an issue. In order to control parking and to encourage turnover of users, a method of device had to be created to curb the problem. Two professors of engineering from Oklahoma State University devised the parking meter as a viable solution to the increasing need for Main Street parking control. The first of their meters was installed in Oklahoma City on 16 July 1935 as part of a 175-meter experiment. They proved very successful and were soon implemented all over town. The rest is, well… history. Because it was relatively easy to abuse a parking meter system, many town established patrolling meter person which became a hot topic along Route 66.

Truck Route 66 1940Capital Steel & Foundation truck in a no passing zone of Route 66 east of Oklahoma City ca. 1940

Commerce

One of the earliest arguments for new and better roads such as Route 66 was commerce, and it did not take long for truckers to take advantage of new opportunities. With the inability of the railroad system to handle the growing volume of traffic during World War II, over-the-road trucking traffic increased. Paved roads opened small towns and rural consumers to efficient and low-cost truck delivery. Of the 25.000 trucks registered in Oklahoma in 1926, most used the paved highways and competed directly with the railroads. Responding to complaints from railroad companies the state legislature passed a regulatory law in 1929 that set truck rates and routes.

Oklahoma buses 1940

Bus travel

The bus industry, born in the early 1920s, boomed during the 1930s and 1940s. Bus lines had to get permits from the State Corporation to operate over fixed routes. Bus stops were located at gas stations, hotels, grocery stores and restaurants. The bus driver stopped if a flag was hanging outside, the flag later replaced by a light. Bus traffic increased dramatically during World War II and peaked after the war. In 1944, Oklahoma was served by 31 bus companies, with the heaviest traffic located along Route 66. Several towns on the Mother Road, such as Oklahoma City and Tulsa, had as many as eight different bus companies serving their area.

Burma-Shave advertising Route 66Iconic Burma-Shave advertising signs on Route 66

Snow Cap Drive-In Route 66Snow Cap Drive-In in Seligman AZ

Blue Swallow Motel 1939The Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari NM was created in 1939

Oklahoma Roadside Park Route 66Route 66 sign for Roadside park in Oklahoma

Motels

Route 66 was affected by the expanding economy and middle-class vacationers. This led to several changes – the most dramatic was the expansion of the variety of overnight accommodations. In the 1920s, local merchants had set aside campsites near downtown business districts to keep potential customers nearby. Entrepreneurs quickly developed additional camp areas with services, on the edges of towns. Campsite cabins were soon equipped with cots, chairs, and camp stoves, costing from 50c to 74c per night. By 1926, most cabins included a bed, table, benches and water pitcher. Check out my review of the best motel chains in the U.S. as part of this Coast to Coast series here.

Route 66 sign

The end

The beginning of the end for Route 66 came in 1956 with the signing of the Interstate Highway Act by President Dwight Eisenhower who was influenced by his appreciation of the German Autobahn network as a necessary component of a national defense system. Super highways, with divided lanes, limited access and no Stop signs were first built along Route 66 in California and Illinois. In 1976, when the states of California, Illinois and Missouri removed the old 66 shields from the road, the Mother Road ceased to exist as a continuous stretch of highway. In 1984, Arizona also saw its final stretch of highway decommissioned with the completion of Interstate 40 just north of Williams, Arizona. The U.S. Route 66 officially ceased to exist in 1985, with no single interstate route designated to replace it. Within many cities, the route became a “business loop” for the interstate. Some sections became state roads, local roads, private drives, or were abandoned completely.

Today, it requires careful planning to follow Route 66 on the part I travelled along, with many ‘jogs’ across Interstate 40 required, and a mile-by-mile map sometimes necessary. Next I will go into the detail of the most interesting stops along Route 66 from Oklahoma City OK to Gallup NM, including:

1. Texola OK

2. U-Drop Inn and Tower station in Shamrock TX

3. Magnolia gas station in Shamrock TX

4. Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo TX

5. Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari NM

6. Main street in Tucumcari NM

7. Albuquerque NM

8. Gallup NM

… so stay tuned for Part 2 of this Route 66 section of my US Coast to Coast 2014 Photo Report!

The Full Photo Report continues below.

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Italy September 2014: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models

October 30th, 2014 1 comment

Ford Ecosport Italy September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Ford Ecosport is up to #59 in Italy in September.

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As is the tradition on BSCB I can now give you more detail about the Italian models ranking. And there is a lot of movement beyond the familiar Top 50, starting with the Mercedes GLA up a further 7 ranks on August to land at a record… #51 with 616 sales and 0.6%, only two units off its first Top 50 ranking which should happen within the next few months. Boosted by the new model, the Mini is up another 3 ranks on last month to #58 vs. #74 year-to-date while the Ford Ecosport smashes its record Italian ranking anew, up 17 spots to #59, and here to a Top 50 performance in the next couple of months is in the cards. The VW Golf Sportsvan continues its progression, up 9 ranks to #66, whereas the Peugeot 108 stalls at #68 for now and the Suzuki Alto is up a fantastic 29 spots to #77.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Italy September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frFirst Top 80 ranking for the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in Italy.

We have 3 all-new nameplates making their grand entrance in the Italian Top 150 in September: the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer lands directly at a beautiful 79th spot with 346 sales, the Citroen C4 Cactus is not far behind at #88 and 292 units while the Nissan Pulsar is a notch below at #132 with 119 sales. Notice also the Fiat Sedici getting an nth (last?) wind, up 46 spots to #95, the Kia Soul breaking into the Italian Top 100 at #99, the BMW X4 missing out on doing the same thing for 3 spots, up 36 ranks to #103, the Porsche Macan down 13 ranks to #109 but still selling 5 times more than the brand’s second best-seller at 203 units vs. 40 for the Porsche 911, and the Jeep Renegade taking a tiny break for now, down 3 spots to #119.

Previous post: Italy September 2014: Lancia Ypsilon up to record second place

Previous month: Italy August 2014: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

One year ago: Italy September 2013: Now with the Top 150 best-selling models!

Full September 2014 Top 150 models Ranking Table below.

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Egypt September 2014: Renault Logan shoots up to 6th place

October 30th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Logan Egypt September 2014. Picture courtesy of uol.com.brRenault Logan (Brazilian model pictured)

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Egyptian new vehicle sales are definitely back on an explosive growth trend after a couple of wobbly years due to an unstable political situation. The market is up a vertiginous 53% year-on-year in September to 28,264 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total to 210,544 units, up 48% on the same period in 2013 and already above the Full Year 2013 total (195,869 sales)! After being overtaken by the Chevrolet TFR (aka Isuzu D-Max) in August, the Hyundai Verna, an Accent from two generations ago mainly used as taxi, reclaims its crown in the models sales charts thanks to an excellent 2,650 sales and 9.4% share vs. 2,366 and 8.4% for the TFR. Below, the Nissan Sunny and Geely Emgrand 7 are faithful to the #3 and #4 respective spots they occupy year-to-date, while the Chevrolet Aveo is up one notch to 5th place.

Peugeot 3008 Egypt September 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frPeugeot 3008

The big event is in 6th position: boosted by the arrival of the new generation, the Renault Logan Sedan shoots up 31 ranks on August and sells 1,020 units for a 3.6% market share vs. 1.3% and #21 year-to-date. This is the Logan nameplate’s best ranking in Egypt since December 2012 when it actually ranked #1. Other great performers this month include the Mitsubishi Lancer EX up 6 spots to #10, the Kia Sportage stable at #13 vs. #22 YTD, the Renault Sandero returning to the charts here too thanks to the new model at #19 vs. #38 YTD, the Jinbei Haise splitting its ranking in two at #23 vs. #45 YTD, Nissan Sentra at #33 vs. #76, Peugeot 3008 at #41 vs. #80 and the Suzuki New Alto 800 stabilising around the #50 mark at #52.

Brilliance S30 Egypt September 2014a Brilliance S30 Egypt September 2014bBrilliance S30

We welcome no less than 5 all-new models in the Egyptian sales charts in September, 3 of which Chinese. We start with the Hyundai Grand i10 imported from India and landing directly at the Top 50’s doorstep at #54 with 80 units sold. The DFSK (DongFeng) K01 mini pickup follows at #70 and 42 sales while the BAIC (Beijing Auto) MZ40 minivan and the Brilliance-Jinbei S30 both sell 32 units and rank #79 and #80 respectively. Lastly the Ford Ka sells one unit but it is unclear whether this is a leftover from the European model or the start of the new Brazilian model being imported here. If you have more info about the Egyptian Ka please get in touch by commenting on this article.

Previous month: Egypt August 2014: Chevrolet TFR leads, teases Hyundai Verna for #1 YTD

One year ago: Egypt September 2013: Geely Emgrand 7 settles in Top 5

Full September 2014 Top 165 All-models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Egypt

Serbia September 2014: Locally-produced Fiat 500L back up to #2

October 30th, 2014 No comments

Fiat 500L Serbia September 2014. Picture courtesy of quattroruote.itFiat 500L

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According to Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 1,450 new cars were sold in Serbia in September, lifting the year-to-date total to 15,605 units. The Skoda Fabia keeps the lead of the models sales charts both in September (5.3% share) and year-to-date (6.2%) however the locally-produced Fiat 500L is back up to 2nd place this month only two units below the Fabia and pushes its year-to-date total to 881 sales and 5.6%. The Fiat Ducato shoots up from outside the August Top 10 directly to #3, the Skoda Octavia remains 4th while the VW Polo ranks 5th. Hyundai places 3 models inside the Top 8: the ix35 at #6, the i20 at #7 and the i30 at #8, and now also fits these 3 same models inside the year-to-date Top 10: the i30 at #6, i20 at #8 and the ix35 at #10.

Previous month: Serbia August 2014: Dacia Duster up to 2nd place

Previous year: Serbia Full Year 2013: Locally produced Fiat 500L grabs top spot

Full September 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Serbia

Bosnia & Herzegovina September 2014: 3 Skodas in Top 4

October 30th, 2014 No comments

Jed Leceister Audi Q3 White blueThe Skoda Rapid misses out on the Bosnian pole position for one unit this month.

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Thanks to Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu I can share with you today the Top 10 most popular vehicles in Bosnia & Herzegovina in September when the overall market adds up to 488 sales, or 4.985 year-to-date. The noose tightens for Czech manufacturer Skoda, placing 3 of its models inside the Bosnian Top 4 this month: the Octavia keeps the lead thanks to 7.6% share, only one unit above the Skoda Rapid in 2nd place vs. #6 year-to-date while the Skoda Fabia is up 4 spots on August to #4 and 4.7% share. The Opel Astra rounds up the podium like it did over the Full Year 2013 and like it does so far in 2014 year-to-date. The Fiat Punto (#8), Nissan Qashqai (#9) and Citroen C4 (#10) are newcomers in the Top 10 this month.

Previous month: Bosnia August 2014: Skoda Octavia up to 17% market share

Previous year: Bosnia & Herzegovina Full Year 2013: Skoda Octavia king

Full September 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Bosnia & Herzegovina

Republic of Macedonia September 2014: VW Amarok up to #2

October 30th, 2014 4 comments

VW Amarok Macedonia September 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deThe VW Amarok is up to #2 in the Republic of Macedonia in September.

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Based on data communicated by Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 326 new light vehicles were sold in the Republic of Macedonia in September, meaning the year-to-date total now stands at 3.101 units. Once again we have a very volatile models sales charts this month: 8 out of the Top 10 best-selling models in September weren’t in the August Top 10… The Ford Focus takes the lead with 5.2% share followed by the VW Amarok at 4.3%, making its very first appearance in the Macedonian Top 10 since BSCB has started following this country. The Skoda Rapid and VW Golf are now equal-#1 year-to-date (!) each with 146 units sold for a 4.7% market share. Notice also the Opel Antara up to #6, the Toyota Aygo at #7, Mitsubishi ASX at #9 and Seat Leon at #10.

Previous month: Republic of Macedonia August 2014: Opel Corsa and Ford Transit on top 

Previous year: Republic of Macedonia Full Year 2013: VW Golf and Ford Fiesta win

Full September 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Categories: Macedonia

Moldova September 2014: BMW X5 now in year-to-date Top 10

October 30th, 2014 No comments

BMW X5 Moldova September 2014BMW X5

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According to data published by Central European market data specialists www.ceauto.co.hu, 283 new light vehicles found a buyer in Moldova in September, bringing the year-to-date score to 3,233 units. The Dacia Logan is sovereign once again with a 11% market share in September compared to 13.9% year-to-date, to which can be added the 3,9% (#7) delivered by the Logan MCV this month and 2.8% year-to-date. The Skoda Octavia is up one spot on August to #2 and the Dacia Duster is up 6 to round up the podium, kicking the Hyundai Santa Fe down to #4. The Korean SUV however holds onto the 2nd spot year-to-date. A model I have kept stressing the success of here in Moldova is the BMW X5, posting a 4th consecutive month inside the Moldovan Top 10 which earns it its first Top 10 year-to-date ranking in the world at #10 with 66 sales and 2% share.

Previous month: Moldova August 2014: BMW X5 up to 6th position

Previous year: Moldova Full Year 2013: Dacia Logan and Duster on top

Full September 2014 Top 10 models Ranking Table below.

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Gulf August 2014: Nissan Patrol consistently shines

October 30th, 2014 No comments

Nissan Patrol Gulf August 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.com The Nissan Patrol is the best-selling non-Toyota in all 4 nations covered in this report.

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Now that Gulf Cooperation Council data is available for August, I will share with you the highlights in each country in the region. You can find the Saudi Arabia update here and the UAE report here, for the remaining four countries and the Gulf region as a whole, see below for the complete analysis.

In Bahrain, new car sales slow down their growth to 8% year-on-year in August to 4,718 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 42,266 units, up 17% on 2013. The Toyota Prado outsells both the Land Cruiser and Hilux to jump into pole position with a fantastic 455 units and 9.6% share. Its deficit on the Land Cruiser year-to-date is now only 85 sales, meaning the Prado should dislodge the Land Cruiser from its YTD throne if it continues at the same rate. The Corolla (4.5%), Hiace (3.7%) and Yaris (3.3%) make the Top 6 100% Toyota this month in Bahrain, with the best-selling non-Toyota being the Nissan Patrol at #7 followed by the Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage. The Lexus LX continues to deliver world-best performances here, ranking at an outstanding #10 with 2.4% share, with the Mitsubishi Lancer (#15) and BMW 7 Series (#25 vs. #59 year-to-date) also performing particularly well.

Lexus LX Gulf August 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Lexus LX is among the 10 best-sellers in Bahrain.

In Kuwait, the new car market is markedly less dynamic than other parts of the region, up ‘only’ 3% year-on-year in August to 12,188 registrations and 2% year-to-date to 100,964 units. Operating the exact reverse move than in the UAE and Bahrain, the Toyota Hilux takes a frank advantage over the Prado in Kuwait, selling a huge 1,308 units this month for a 10.7% market share vs. 7.6% year-to-date. 10.7% is exactly the market share of the Toyota Prado year-to-date here, however at just 7% in August it ranks 2nd while the Toyota Camry rounds up the podium in both rankings. The Corolla completes a Top 5 100% Toyota with the Nissan Patrol the most popular non-Toyota here too at #5, one spot below its YTD ranking. Noticeable good performers in Bahrain this month also include the Mitsubishi Lancer EX at #8 vs. #31 YTD, the Toyota Aurion at #15 vs. #27, the Hyundai Sonata at #18 vs. #33 and the Hyundai i10 at #41 vs. #154.

Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup Oman August 2014The Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup leads in Oman with 12.8% market share.

In Oman, new light vehicle sales have stalled: up 2% in August to 18,970 registrations but down 5 units (!) year-to-date to 145,954…  The Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up achieves the unbelievable feat of topping the Omani models sales charts with a huge 12.8% market share thanks to 2,419 sales. It still ranks 2nd year-to-date however at 10.3% below the Toyota Hilux at 11.3%. Here too the Top 5 is 100% Toyota with the Prado (#3), Land Cruiser (#4) and Hiace (#5) and the Nissan Patrol is the best-selling non-Toyota at #6. Notice the Toyota RAV4 up to #12 vs. #22 YTD, the Lexus LX at #13, Lexus ES back up to #24, Nissan X Terra up to #29, Nissan Juke up to #34 and the Geely EC7 at #53 after shining at #30 in July vs. #80 year-to-date.

Ford Figo Qatar August 2014. Picture courtesy of mouthshut.comThe Ford Figo is a new entrant in the Qatari Top 10

In Qatar, the market is up a very satisfying 23% in August to 7,770 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 62,541 units, up 8% on 2013. Surpassed by the Toyota Hilux in the July models sales charts, the Toyota Land Cruiser reclaims its due title this month thanks to just one unit! It sells 482 examples over the month vs. 481 for the Hilux, but remains firmly in control year-to-date at 5,155 sales vs. 4,287. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Top 4 models are 100% Toyota (add the Corolla and Prado) and in Qatar too the best-selling non-Toyota is the Nissan Patrol at #5 and 3.6% share. Great performances of the Nissan Navara up a huge 63 spots on July to #7 vs. #38 year-to-date, the Ford Figo taking off at #9 and 2.6% share vs. #52 YTD and the Chevrolet Tahoe up 12 ranks to #17.

The overall Gulf Cooperation Council region data and analysis will follow shortly.

Previous posts for each nation:

Bahrain June 2014: Toyota Prado beats Land Cruiser

Kuwait June 2014: Toyota Camry on podium

Oman June 2014: Top 6 best-sellers 100% Toyota

Qatar June 2014: Toyota Hilux edges past Land Cruiser

Previous year for each nation:

Bahrain Full Year 2013: Toyota Prado dislodges Land Cruiser

Kuwait Full Year 2013: Toyota Prado leads at record 10.3% share

Oman Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser PU/HT at world-best #2

Qatar Full Year 2013: Toyota Land Cruiser and Lexus LX shine

Full August 2014 Bahrain + Qatar Top 50, Kuwait + Oman Top 100 models Ranking Tables below.

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United Arab Emirates August 2014: Toyota Prado back in charge

October 30th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Prado UAE August 2014. Picture courtesy of drivenews.co.zaToyota Prado

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New car saes in the United Arab Emirates are up 7% year-on-year in August to 33,227 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 266,257 units, up 12% on 2013. Down to 5th position in July, the Toyota Prado is back in charge of the UAE models sales charts in August thanks to 1.640 sales and 4.9% share, however this is not enough to dislodge the Toyota Hilux from its year-to-date pedestal at 13,861 units and 5.2% vs. 12.483 and 4.7% for the Prado. Although composed of the same vehicles as year-to-date, the UAE August Top 5 gets a complete reshuffle: the Toyota Land Cruiser is up one spot to #2, the Nissan Patrol down one to #3, still ahead of its year-to-date 4th place, and the Toyota Corolla remains #4 above the Hilux.

Range Rover UAE August 2014. Picture courtesy of motoringme.comThe Range Rover is among the 20 most successful models in the UAE this month.

The Toyota Yaris is boosted by the new model to 3.6% share vs. 3% year-to-date but stays in 6th place, while the Mitsubishi Lancer EX is up to #8, the Hyundai Elantra up to #14 vs. #23 YTD, the Toyota Coaster up to #15 vs. #33, the Range Rover breaks into the Top 20 at #20 with 370 sales and 1.1% share of the market vs. #35 YTD, the BMW X6 is up 10 spots on July to #21, the Nissan Pathfinder up to #22 vs. #30 YTD, the Toyota RAV4 up to #26 vs. #38 and the Chevrolet Tahoe up to #48 vs. #75.

Previous post: UAE June 2014: Nissan Tiida almost in Top 10

Previous year: UAE Full Year 2013: Toyota Prado edges Hilux out

Full August 2014 Top 200 models Ranking Table below.

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