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Israel Full Year 2016: Kia Sportage first ever crossover to lead charts

Kia Sportage Israel 2016. Picture courtesy Kia Sportage is the best-selling vehicle in Israel in 2016. 

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Thanks to our partnership with, we can now share with you Full Year 2016 data for Israel. Registrations are up 12.5% year-on-year to 286.728 units, with an exchange of leading positions in the brands ranking between sister brands Hyundai and Kia. Hyundai surges 25% to 39.086 sales and 13.6%, bypassing Kia up 13% to 38.069 and 13.3%. Toyota remains third with 10.5% (+3%) while Skoda (+21%) overtakes both Mitsubishi (+12%) and Mazda (-16%) to land in 4th place. Double-digit gainers inside the Top 20 also include Volkswagen (+14%), Renault (+16%), Audi (+25%), Chevrolet (+26%), Honda (+30%), Citroen (+33%) and Ford, up a spectacular 106% now that the new generation Focus is available and has been gobbled up by fleet companies. Further down, recent introduction Dacia confirms it has struck a chord with Israeli customers at +43%, with Mercedes (+33%), Land Rover (+80%), Ssangyong (+93%), Jaguar (+132%) and Smart (+400%) also posting spectacular gains.

Hyundai Tucson Israel September 2016. Picture courtesy Tucson

We witness a first in the models ranking: thanks to deliveries up 29% to 14.072, the Kia Sportage is the first ever crossover to lead the annual Israeli sales charts, knocking last year’s leader, the Kia Picanto (+5%) to 2nd place in a Kia 1-2. In fact, the Hyundai Tucson, landing directly at #3 for its first full year of sales, makes it two crossovers on the podium. The Mitsubishi Outlander gains 88% and 5 spots to rank 5th, the Seat Ibiza is up 28% to break into the Top 10, with other impressive gainers including the Subaru Impreza (+31%), Suzuki Vitara (+385%), Skoda Rapid (+45%), Citroen Berlingo (+84%), Chevrolet Spark (+254%) and VW Golf (+43%). The Hyundai Elantra is the most popular all-new nameplate at #27 (the previous generation was sold as the i35), ahead of the Suzuki Baleno (#44), Celerio (#54), Honda HR-V (#59) and Renault Kadjar (#76).

Previous post: Israel October 2016: Hyundai and Kia dominate market down 35%

Previous year: Israel Full Year 2015: Kia most popular brand, Picanto reclaims lead

Two years ago: Israel Full Year 2014: Toyota Corolla takes the lead

Full Year 2016 Top 50 All-brands and Top 330 All-models vs Full Year 2015 figures below.

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