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The Lebanese new car market edges up 2% both in August to 5.029 registrations and year-to-date at 34.990 units. Toyota remains the runaway leader, selling almost three times the amount of any other carmaker. In August, the Japanese manufacturer vastly outpaces the market with a 31% surge to 39.2% share, bettering its YTD level of 35% (+23%). The following brands in the charts, on the contrary, are all struggling: Kia (-7%), Nissan (-22%) and most strikingly Hyundai (-42%). Suzuki (+25%), BMW (+56%) and Chevrolet (+117%) shine in the Top 10, while beyond GMC (+46%), Infiniti (+64%), Land Rover (+167%) and Chinese Geely (+460%) make themselves noticed. Newly relaunched Datsun drops to #11 and 1.3% share this month vs. #10 and 1.9% so far in 2017.
In the models ranking, the top two best-selling nameplate impressively tighten their stranglehold on the Lebanese charts: the Toyota Prado is up 44% year-on-year to 17.2% share vs. 14.2% YTD while the Land Cruiser shoots up 142% to 12% share vs. 10.5% year-to-date. In third place, the Kia Picanto is far down at 5.1% of the market, down 3% year-on-year. It distances the Kia Rio (+9%) and Hyundai Accent, stable. The Nissan X-Trail signs the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 10 at +248% with the Kia Cerato (+27%) and Suzuki Swift (+41%) also posting robust increases. The Nissan Kicks (#17) leads newcomers above the Chevrolet Aveo (#23), Suzuki Baleno (#33), Toyota C-HR (#36) and Mazda CX-3 (#43).
Full August 2017 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models below.