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New car sales in Oman drop a sharp 14% year-on-year over the First Half of 2018 to 63.110 registrations, a decline reduced to -12% when accounting for the same set of manufacturers (removing the VW and BMW Groups from 2017 data as they are not reporting in 2018). Brand leader Toyota manages to tighten its already iron grip on the Omani market thanks to a 11% skid that pushes its market up to 47.4% from 46% a year ago. The Top 5 carmakers are unchanged year-on-year, with Nissan (-1%) resisting the best in 2nd place followed by Hyundai and Kia both imploding 38% and Lexus down 18%. Mitsubishi (+14%) and Honda (+4%) post the only gains in the Top 10 just as Isuzu (-39%) and Mazda (-16%) fall faster than the market and Jeep (-7%) gains share and one spot to #8. Among smaller brands, SAIC MG (+2625%), Renault (+229%), Ram (+216%), Chrysler (+173%), Land Rover (+58%) and Subaru (+47%) make themselves noticed.
Big surprise atop the Omani models ranking: the Nissan Patrol surges 36% year-on-year to firmly snap the lead at a staggering 13.1% share vs. 8.3% a year ago. The Patrol is bound to become the first non-Toyota to lead the annual Omani charts this decade, as the top spot had been shared by the Toyota Land Cruiser (-2%), Hilux (-11%) and Land Cruiser Pickup (-1%) so far – it is in fact in this order that the 3 nameplates complete the H1 2018 Top 4. The Toyota Previa (+266%), Fortuner (+73%) and Yaris (+43%) also shine whereas the Prado (-79%) and RAV4 (-47%) totally implode in a Top 15 exclusively composed of Toyota and Nissan nameplates! The Kia Sportage (+31%) is up 10 spots to become the best-selling non-Toyota or Nissan nameplate in Oman. The Toyota Rush (#80), launched in June, is the best-selling newcomer in a list that also includes the Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf (#216), exclusive to the Middle-East and also appearing in Kuwait over the period.
Full H1 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full H1 2017 figures below.