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Bahrain January-April 2017: Land Cruiser #1, Kia up in market down 35%

The Toyota Land Cruiser remains the best-seller in Bahrain so far this year.

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The Bahraini new car market tumbles down 35% year-on-year over the first four months of 2017 to 11.837 registrations. Market leader Toyota is in freefall, losing almost half its sales year-on-year to drop to a still ultra-dominant 37% share. It is followed by Hyundai (-22%) and Nissan (-43%) while Kia manages to gain 3%, overtaking Lexus (-52%) to leap onto 4th place overall. Chevrolet (+6%) is the only other brand in positive territory inside the Top 10. Honda (-10%) and Mazda (-11%) manage to gain market share also. Further down, Infiniti (+1%), Audi (+5%), Dodge (+24%), Geely (+40%) and Ram (+244%) are among the rare brands posting positive results while Suzuki, Jaguar (both at -46%), Isuzu (-47%) and Ford (-51%) struggle.

In the models ranking, Toyota monopolises the Top 4 (Top 5 over the Full Year 2016) with the Land Cruiser in the lead but dropping to 7.3% share vs. 9% over the FY2016. The Prado (6.5%), Corolla (4.1%) and Yaris (4%) on the other hand all improve their share vs. FY2016. Add the Hiace, Hilux, Camry and RAV4 to make it 8 Toyotas in the Top 9 vs. 7 in the Top 8 in FY2016. Like last year, the Hyundai Accent is the best-selling non-Toyota nameplate, improving to 5th place. The Nissan Sunny is the only other non-Toyota nameplate inside the Top 10 at #10. Just outside, we witness some drastic improvements: the Kia Sportage jumps from #33 in FY16 to #13, the Honda City from #29 to #14, the Mitsubishi L200 from #31 to #17 and the Kia Picanto from #82 to #19.

Previous post: Bahrain Full Year 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado on top

One year ago: Bahrain January-April 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser soars to 13.8% share

Full January-April 2017 Top 43 brands and Top 263 models below.

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