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New car sales in the United Arab Emirates sink a steep 15.2% year-on-year in 2017 to 271.123 registrations. Toyota limits its fall to -13% and as a result climbs back above the symbolic 30% share milestone at 30.5% vs. 29.7% a year ago. Nissan does even better with a slim 1% drop triggering a 2.5 percentage point increase of its market share from 15.2% to 17.7%. Mitsubishi on the other hand falls heavily at -18% to 9% share in third place. BMW (-1%), Kia (-1%), Chevrolet (-3%), Lexus (-6%) and Honda (-13%) all beat the market in the Top 10 whereas Hyundai (-54%) and Ford (-21%) implode. Further down, Citroen (+140%), Geely (+62%), Ram (+42%), Peugeot (+38%), Volvo (+27%), Mazda (+17%) and Dodge (+8%) all impress with sizeable gains.
Big event in the UAE models ranking: for only the second time in the past 8 years, a Toyota isn’t the best-seller, this honour going to the Nissan Patrol thanks to deliveries surging 36% to a sumptuous 7.8% market share, knocking its archenemy the Toyota Land Cruiser – leader in 2016 – down 3% to #2. The Toyota Hilux (-25%) rounds up the podium like in 2016, followed this time by the Toyota Prado (-6%), Mitsubishi Lancer EX (-21%) and Toyota Camry (+19%). The BMW X5 (+11%) climbs up two spots to a stunning 7th place overall and the Nissan Kicks (#24) is the best-selling all-new launch in UAE for 2017 as is the case in most Middle-Eastern markets. It is followed here by the Mazda CX-3 (#130), Geely X7 Sport (#140) and Range Rover Velar (#146).
Previous year: United Arab Emirates 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser takes control
Full Year 2017 Top 42 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2016 figures below.