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It’s always a very happy event on BSCB when a new country opens up with official sales data. It is the case today for the central Asian nation of Georgia. Georgian new car sales edge down 0.7% year-on-year in 2017 to 3.470 registrations. One carmaker dominates this market head and shoulders: Toyota, soaring 17% this year to improve its share by six percentage points to a mammoth 39.8%. Hyundai (+0.4%) overtakes Ford (-23%) to claim 2nd place overall while Mercedes (-6%) remains in a splendid 4th position. The most impressive evolution for the year is without a doubt delivered by Skoda, up almost 5-fold on its 2016 score and 13 spots to land at #5. Mitsubishi (+24%) and Suzuki (+12%) also break into the Top 10 while further down, Jaguar (+100%), Peugeot (+86%), Land Rover (+50%), Porsche (+39%) and Mazda (+25%) impress but Opel (-65%), Honda (-58%), Kia (-58%), Mini (-54%), Foton (-47%), Volkswagen (-46%), Audi (-39%) and Chevrolet (-36%) disappoint.
As expected, the top of the Georgian models ranking is a Toyota affair, with the Japanese manufacturer monopolising the Top 5 like it did in 2016. The order is different from last year though: thanks to deliveries up 24%, the Toyota Land Cruiser 200 replaces its slightly smaller sibling the Toyota Prado, leader in 2016 but down 41% to #5 this year. The Toyota RAV4 (+6%) and Corolla (+15%) both advance one spot to #2 and #3 respectively while the Toyota C-HR makes a thunderous arrival at #4 overall for its first full year in market, simply its best 2017 ranking anywhere in the world equalling its score at home in Japan.
In 2017 the Skoda Octavia, up 14-fold and 68 spots year-on-year, is the best-selling non-Toyota nameplate in Georgia and one of only two in the Top 10 along with the Hyundai Tucson (+71%) at #8. The Toyota Fortuner, Prius and Hilux make it indeed 8 Toyotas in the 2017 Georgian Top 10. Best-selling non-Toyota last year, the Lada Niva dives 27% to disappear from the Top 10. Notice also the Mercedes GLE (+55%), Suzuki Vitara (+65%), Skoda Rapid (+189%), Ford Fiesta (+79%) and Hyundai Creta (+125%) all making waves in the Top 20. The Nissan Kicks (#50) is the best-selling launch for the year ahead of the Range Rover Velar (#59) and Fiat Fullback (#64).
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Full Year 2017 Top 47 All-brands and Top 275 All-models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.