Hyundai Verna taxi in Cairo. Photo by Hossam.
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Car sales in Egypt are down 15% year-on-year in December at 17,711 units, bringing the final 2011 total to 176,157 registrations, down 29% on 2010. The Hyundai Verna, an Accent from two generations ago, keeps its title of best-selling car in Egypt and even manages to increase its market share from 8.8% in 2010 to a square 10% in 2011 thanks to 17,690 sales, down 20%. The Verna owes its #1 spot to its success with taxi companies: a third of its sales or 5,622 units were taxis.
The Chevrolet TFR (aka Isuzu D-Max) stays in 2nd position and behaves exactly like the market at -29% to 13,789 units and 7.8% share. In fact the podium is unchanged vs. 2010 with the Chevrolet Lanos still valiant in third place with 10,475 sales and 5.9%, down 38%. The big change comes just after: launched early this year, the new generation Hyundai Elantra is an instant hit with Egyptian consumers and flirted with the pole position most of the year, reaching it in November and finishing 2011 in 4th place at 8,535 units and 4.9% share.
The new generation Hyundai Accent also starts with a bang, directly #5 with 7,658 sales and 4.3%, ahead of the Chevrolet Aveo up 3 spots to #6 (-12%), Kia Carens (-38%), previous generation Hyundai Elantra (-53%), Chevrolet Optra (-37%) and Nissan Sunny (-55%). Other good performers this year include the Toyota Hilux up 4% to #13, the Mitsubishi Lancer up 19 ranks and 126% to #17, Renault Sandero up to #29 and Renault Duster up to #34. The best-selling ‘Chinese’ model is the Speranza Tiggo at #14 with 3,326 sales (-27%).
In December, the new generation Hyundai Elantra continues to impress after its November pole position, down to a still outstanding 2nd place behind the Verna at 1,459 units and 8.2%. The Skoda Octavia A5 has an exceptional month at #4, the Renault Logan is strong at #8 as is the Speranza Tiggo at #9, the Speranza A113 at #11, Renault Duster at #24, Kia Sportage at #25 and Speranza M11 at #29.
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Full Year 2011 Top 120 and December 2011 Top 75 Ranking Tables below.