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Not helped by a month of December down 25% year-on-year, the Israeli new car market is down 9% on a record 2011 this year to 204,939 registrations. The models ranking is completely reshuffled: after at least 7 consecutive years of reign of the Mazda3, the Ford Focus brilliantly become the top selling model in Israel this year with sales up a huge 151% to 15,792 units for a gargantuan 7.7% market share. The Toyota Corolla stays #2 but loses 29% to 8,138 sales and 4%.
The Hyundai i35 (aka Elantra) is up 135% and 17 spots to round up the podium thanks to 7,589 sales and 3.7%, and a third model more than doubles its sales vs. last year in the Top 10: the Kia Picanto is up 131% and 19 ranks to land in 5th place at 6,054 units and 3%. The Hyundai i20 is up 6% to #4, the Hyundai i25 (aka Accent) up 51% to #6, the Seat Ibiza up 35% to #7 and the Mazda3 down 7 spots and 55% to #8.
Brand-wise, Hyundai remains the most popular carmaker in the country and improves its market share to 15.4% thanks to 31,525 sales. It is now followed by Ford, up 83% and 6 spots to #2 at 20,101 units and 9.8% while Toyota rounds up the podium like last year at 9.8% also. Kia is up 23% to 9.4% share, Skoda up 5 ranks and 22% to #5 at 5.5% share but Mazda is down 4 ranks and 48% to #6 with 11,092 sales and 5.4%.
Full models ranking: Israel Full Year 2012: Now with Top 262 All-models ranking available!
One year ago: Israel Full Year 2011: Toyota Corolla threatens Mazda3
Full Year 2012 Top 10 models and brands Ranking Tables below.