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The Algerian new car market is up a whopping 50% year-on-year in 2012 to hit a record 433,320 registrations. Le Soir d’Algerie goes even so far as saying that when including about 60,000 non communicated sales by Chinese carmakers and 30,000 private imports, Algeria passes South Africa to become the #1 car market in Africa with over 520,000 units – except more than 620,000 vehicles were sold in South Africa this year… It is nevertheless an outstanding performance for Algeria, which comes just as Renault announced they will be the first carmaker to build production facilities in the country in 2014.
An interesting development atop the models ranking: after at least 3 years of Renault Symbol domination, the Peugeot 207 brilliantly takes the lead, boosted by end-of-life aggressive pricing and up a huge 132% on 2011 to 35,821 sales and 8.3%. This makes Algeria the only country in the world to crown the 207, given the model was last #1 in France in 2010. The Dacia Logan is up 4 spots and an equally impressive 113% to 28,952 units and 6.7% while both the Hyundai Accent and Toyota Hilux stay put at #3 and 26,331 sales and #4 and 20,870 respectively. #1 in 2011, the Renault Symbol is down 27% and 4 ranks to #5 at 20,552 units.
Further down, both the Renault Clio Campus and VW Polo triple their sales to #6 and #8 respectively, the Seat Ibiza is the most impressive of all with sales multiplied by 5 compared to 2011 at 10,876, the Toyota Yaris is up 122%, the Chevrolet Spark up 142% and the Peugeot 308 up 122%. Notice also the Dacia Duster up 99%, the Great Wall Voleex C30 at 3,871 units and the Great Wall Wingle at 1,720.
Full Year 2012 Top 17 models and Top 15 brands + December Top 5 Ranking Tables below.