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The Omani new car market is down 8% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 73.364 registrations. Toyota continues to dominate the brands charts head-and-shoulders but sees its market share drop a full six percentage points to 46% due to a 19% year-on-year drop. Reversely, Nissan shoots up a spectacular 123% to go from 8.7% share in 2016 to 21.2% now. In third place, Hyundai freefalls 42% to 7.2% share but sister company Kia goes the other way around, posting a stellar 73% rise to 5.5% share. Below, Lexus (-35%), Isuzu (-40%) and Mitsubishi (-20%) struggle. Other rare gainers include Jeep (-23%), BMW (+21%) and Maserati (+75%).
Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux remains in the lead but drops a harsh 25%. It is now threatened for the pole position by the Nissan Patrol, up a fantastic 259% and 9 spots over the same period last year to land in 2nd place overall, only 134 units below the Hilux. The fight for the annual Omani top spot will be very tight indeed. The rest of the Top 5 is 100% Toyota with the Land Cruiser down 21% but staying at #3. the Prado down 3% and the Land Cruiser Pickup down 42% from #2 to #4. Just below, the Nissan Juke is up 8-fold (!) from #43 a year ago to #6 now, the Nissan Sunny is up 218% from #26 to #9 and the Nissan X-Trail is up 326% from #38 to #12. Notice also the Toyota Prius up 488%, the Kia Rio up 139%, the Kia Sorento up 100% and the Toyota Previa up 141%. We welcome the Geely X7 Sport at #47 and the Nissan Kicks at #66.
Full H1 2017 Top 38 All-brands and Top 310 All-models vs. Full H1 2016 figures below.