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After freefalling 25.6% in 2017, the new vehicle market in Bahrain drastically slows its fall in 2018 with a slim 6.7% year-on-year drop over the first 10 months to 27.938 units, a fall reduced further to -2.9% when accounting for the same set of brands, meaning the BMW and VW Groups removed from 2017 totals as these haven’t reported 2018 figures. Brand leader Toyota (-9%) falls slightly faster than the market but remains at an unsurmountable 38.7%, well above Nissan at 12.6% even though the latter posts a brilliant 31% year-on-year gain, the largest in the Top 13. In the remainder of the Top 10, Honda (+13%), Mitsubishi (+7%), Mazda (+2%) and Isuzu (+0.1%) also edge up whereas Hyundai (-27%), Kia (-17%) and Chevrolet (-16%) struggle. Further down, notice MG (+613%), Jaguar (+140%), Land Rover (+130%), Ram (+105%), Suzuki (+52%) and Volvo (+42%) all scoring spectacular gains with Jeep (+15%) also very strong.
Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Land Cruiser (-6%) matches the market to comfortably head towards a 5th consecutive annual win, but if last year the Top Four was 100% Toyota, this time the picture is very different: the Nissan Sunny (+77%) leaps up five spots to #2, distancing the Toyota Prado (-38%), Yaris (-4%) and Corolla (-13%) while the Camry (+12%) and Nissan Kicks (+86%) impress, the latter breaking into the Top 10. The Toyota Rush (#38) is by far the most popular new launch ahead of the MG ZS (#82) and MG RX5 (#101). Indeed the Roewe brand cannot be used by SAIC outside China as Rover rights are held by Tata, therefore the MG brand is used.
One year ago: Bahrain November 2017: Toyota Land Cruiser leads, up 88%
Full January-October 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 50 models below.