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Tunisia 9 months 2010: Symbol clear leader

renault-symbol-tunisia-2Renault Symbol

Controlled by annual import quotas, the Tunisian market is nevertheless growing a whopping 76% over 2009 with around 35,300 registrations in the first 9 months of 2010. Like in neighbouring Algeria, the Renault Symbol is the best-selling car here, with 6,867 units sold and a massive 19.5% market share.

The new VW Polo arrives in 2nd at 2,635 sales (7.5%). Other successful models include the Fiat Grande Punto, the Kia Rio and Picanto, the VW Golf (2.8%) and Jetta (2.1%), Renault Clio Campus (2.2%), Fiat Palio (1.8%) and Peugeot 206 sedan. The Mitsubishi L200 should lead the commercial vehicles ranking.

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Syria 2010: Cerato Forte and Elantra fight it out

Syrian consumers have chosen: they are into Korean cars, and nothing else – well, nearly nothing else. Hyundai Elantras can be seen literally on every street corner, which means the model must have been securing at least 10% of the market since its launch in 2006.

Another Korean model which seems to have enjoyed an even more spectacular success since its 2009 launch is the Kia Cerato Forte, with a dozen already appearing on 15 minutes’ worth of 2010 YouTube videos of the streets of Damascus.

Hyundai Elantra in Damascus

Lastly, the third extremely successful model in Syria is the Kia Rio, with other models worth mentioning being the Kia Picanto, Hyundai Accent, Tucson and Santa Fe.

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Malta 2010: Toyota Yaris should be on top

Toyota Yaris

The Maltese car market is influenced by neighbours Greece and Italy and, in all likeliness, should be led by the Toyota Yaris. The other models that could step onto the podium in Malta are the Hyundai Getz, Fiat Grande Punto and Peugeot 207.

Nissan Juke

The previous generations of VW Polo and Ford Fiesta also seem to have been pretty successful in the island so we can assume that the new gens should receive the same treatment. Let’s also note the dynamism of Nissan with the Qashqai, and the Juke, apparently very well received in Malta, and of Suzuki with the Alto likely to be well placed too.

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Romania October 2010: 3 Dacias in Top 4!

The Romanian market is starting to recover from a catastrophic start in 2010 (-85% in January vs. ’09!): October is at +9% with 8,281 sales, with the Year-to-date figure still down 27% with 70,629 registrations.

No surprises on top: the Dacia Logan is king with 27.7% of the market, very close to its YTD figure (18,960 sales at 26.8%). The Skoda Octavia is very solid in #2 with 6.7% (YTD: 4,375 sales and 6.2%) and was #2 in 6 out of the last 8 months.

Dacia places its 3 models in the Top 4 this month: the Duster is 3rd with 4.6% (#5 YTD at 3.7%). Its best month-to-date is August at #2 and 8.8%. The Sandero is 4th with 3.7%, which actually is its best month of the year: it has failed to shine up until now with a weak 8th spot YTD at 2.5%.

Very strong in 5th is the Renault Symbol, #3 YTD at 3.9%, it even spent 3 months above 5% market share this year. The Astra, Golf and Aveo follow. Exceptional performance of the Hyundai ix35: 11th in October (up from 30th in September) with 1.8% of the market.

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Thailand January-August 2010: Hilux leader, Nissan March #12

Nissan March

The Thai market is recovering from the crisis at full speed: the first 8 months 2010 are at +56% vs. ’09 at 488.088 registrations! The Top 4 is stable: Toyota Hilux (20%), Isuzu D-Max (15%), Toyota Vios (8%) and Honda City (6%) dominate the sales. The Corolla Altis regains the advantage on the Honda Civic in 5th.

Two models that recently kicked-off production in the country pop up in the ranking. The Mazda2 is #8 with 15,431 sales, including 7,404 sedans. The Nissan March new gen, whose first unit in the world came out of the Samut Prakan plant last March, is #12 with 9,527 sales (a monthly rate equivalent to a Top 10 position), the rest being shipped to Japan, SE Asia and Australia.

Many thanks to my dear Mum and Dad who uncovered these figures in the Thai press while staying in the country in November 2010.

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Brazil mid-November 2010: Gol takes off, Agile in #11

Fenavabre publishes detailed car sales data twice a month, so we have access to the Brazilian models ranking for the first half of November. The market is up a massive 30% over ’09 with 160,583 registrations.

The Gol/Uno fight seems to be over already with the Gol reaching 9.9% at 15,921 sales, now way ahead of the Uno at 7%. The Fiat Palio seems to now recover from the Uno launch, back to #5 with 4.3% market share (vs. 3.3% in Oct).

The Chevrolet Agile, a no-frills restyled Aveo built in the country, reaches a best-ever 2.5% market share in 11th with 4,014 sales. Other October highlights include the new gen VW SpaceFox in 34th (#47 YTD) and the Citroen C3 Aircross breaking into the Top 50 in 44th, up from #67 in October.

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Jordan 2010: old gen Mitsubishi Lancer likely to be #1

Absolutely no car sales data coming from Jordan, so I’m using YouTube videos of Amman’s streets to find out more about this market. This is complete speculation based on very little information so please get it touch if you have any more info!

It looks like the old generation Mitsubishi Lancer is holding the #1 spot in Jordan, having been kept in the range alongside the new gen Lancer EX. Not far behind, we could find the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Camry and Hyundai Elantra, possibly followed by the Honda Civic and Kia Picanto. The Toyota Hilux and Mitsubishi L200 should be the best-selling commercial vehicles. I also noticed a few Chery QQ’s in the streets of Amman.

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Iran 2010: Peugeot 405 should top the market

Saipa Tiba

Iran is the biggest car market in the Middle-East with an estimated 1 million+ cars sold each year. Two main manufacturers share the market: Iran Khodro (IKCO) and Saipa.

Saipa has launched the new Tiba, destined to become the brand’s biggest seller: 15,000 units were built in 2009 but its objective is to reach 200,000 units per year by 2012. The Saipa Pride (a 1986 Kia Pride) apparently accounts for up to 30% of Iran’s car park.

Iran Khodro launched the Soren in 2007, a revised version of the 2000 Samand which was the first Iranian-designed car. It is exported in 18 countries and 77,409 units were produced in 2008. The Iran Khodro Runna, based on the Peugeot 206, will launch in September 2011 and aims to reach 150,000 units a year at full production.

Iran Khodro Soren

IKCO also produces a restyled version of the 1987 Peugeot 405 under various names (405, Pars, RC and Roa) with enormous success: 258,090 units were produced in 2008 alone! The Peugeot 206 is also produced in Iran (2008 production figure is 78,399: 39,480 SD, 38,919 HB).

Peugeot Pars

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Yemen 2010: Hilux and Yaris Sedan in command

Toyota Yaris in Yemeni street

There are no official car sales figures available for Yemen, so I relied on observation of the main Yemeni cities’ streets through YouTube videos. They show that in all likeliness, the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Yemen, followed by the Toyota Yaris Sedan.

Toyota seems to have a strong hold over the Yemeni market with the Land Cruiser and Camry possibly in #3 and #4. The other very successful brand in Yemen is Hyundai which should place the Getz, Sonata and Tucson within the Top 10.

Toyota Hilux in background

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Lebanon January-September 2010: Koreans up 87%!

The Lebanese car market is doing well in 2010 with 25,565 cars sold in the first 9 months, a 5% increase on ’09. Japanese cars account for 39.2% of total sales (down 15%), Korean cars for 30.8% (up 87%!) and European 23.3%.

The Association of Automobile Importers in Lebanon released the following figures: Kia is the best-selling brand with 4,837 sales (18.9%) ahead of Nissan at 4,180 (16.3%), Hyundai (3,018 and 11.8%) and Toyota (2,539 and 9.9%).

In this context and based on observation of Beirut’s streets through YouTube videos, my guess is the Kia Picanto is the #1 car in Lebanon, followed by the Nissan Tiida and the Hyundai Getz. The Honda Civic, BMW 3 Series and Mercedes C Class should also be in the Top 10. This is 100% speculation, so if you have any more info please get in touch!

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