* See the Top 43 brands and Top 50 models by clicking on the title *
We inaugurate our First Half 2018 updates for the Middle East – rare data that only BSCB reliably publishes – with Bahrain. A forenote to all upcoming Middle Eastern updates is that both the VW and BMW Groups have decided to stop sharing sales data for the region, joining Daimler Group which did this a few years ago. This doesn’t help the total results of each country as most markets are struggling even when keeping all manufacturers in. We will show comparable figures excluding these carmakers to see the real evolution of each market. In Bahrain, the total market is down just 3% year-on-year over the First Half of 2018 to 17.236 registrations, but in fact up 2% if we remove the VW and BMW Group 2017 figures, so an island of strength in the region.
Toyota (-1%) remains ultra-dominant here with 38.1% share vs. 37.2% a year ago, while Nissan soars 37% to easily cross the 10% share milestone at 11.7% vs. 8.3% over the same period in 2017, overtaking Hyundai (-33%) freefalling from 9.7% to 6.7%. Mitsubishi (+39%), Honda (+17%) and Mazda (+16%) also vastly outpace the market in the Top 10, while further down Chinese SAIC MG (+964%), Chrysler (+162%), Ram (+160%), Suzuki (+117%), Land Rover (+71%), Peugeot (+44%), Jaguar (+41%) and Renault (+31%) make themselves noticed. Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser (+0.3%) is stable at 8.3% share, well above the Nissan Sunny up 113% and 6 spots to #2 with Toyota monopolising the remainder of the Top 7 with the Prado (-29%), Corolla (-4%), Yaris (+0.4%), Camry (+27%) and Hiace (+13%). The Nissan Kicks soars 109% and 20 spots to #11, the Mitsubishi Lancer is up 186% and 36 ranks to #13 and the Honda CR-V is up 62% and 15 spots to #18.
Full H1 2018 Top 43 brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2017 figures below.