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Lebanon January-April 2017: Prado leads, Datsun impresses

The Toyota Prado is the best-selling vehicle in Lebanon so far this year.

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Contrary to the majority of other markets in the region, new vehicle sales in Lebanon are actually up year-on-year over the first four months of 2017 at +1% to 16.248 registrations. Best-seller Toyota advances faster than the market at +10% and crosses the 30% share milestone at 30.8%. The Japanese manufacturer sells more than double the #2, Kia, down 7% to 13.3% while Nissan (-18%) and Hyundai (-17%) tumble down. Renault is also down at -8% but remains in 5th place. Suzuki (+24%) overtakes Mitsubishi (-39%) for 6th place overall with Chevrolet (+14%) and Mazda (+30%) the other two brands in positive inside the Top 10. The big surprise comes from Nissan’s low-cost brand Datsun which manages a successful landing directly in 10th place with over 2% of the Lebanese market. Outside the Top 10, Infiniti (+92%), Honda (+180%) and GMC (+125%) post spectacular gains.

Datsun mi-DO. Picture courtesy 

The Lebanese models ranking is dominated by two Toyotas both improving their market share year-on-year: the Prado lifts to an imposing 12.2% ahead of the Land Cruiser at 9.7%. The Nissan Patrol gains two spots on its FY16 ranking to land on the third step of the podium, overtaking the Kia Picanto (#4) and Toyota Yaris (#7). The Hyundai i10 also steps up two ranks to #5 while the Kia Rio remains at #6. Illustrating the brand’s strong debut, the Datsun mi-Do leaps directly to 13th place, outselling such tried-and-tested nameplates as the Hyundai Accent, , Renault Sandero, Suzuki Swift and Mazda2. Notice also the Toyota FJ Cruiser’s swan song, back up to #18 vs. #42 over FY16 and the Infiniti Q30 up 46 spots to #21.

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