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Kuwaiti new car sales resist much better than most Middle-Eastern markets this year at just -2.1% to 81.619 units over the first 10 months of 2018, a small drop that even transforms into a 2% gain when taking into account the same set of carmakers – meaning removing the BMW and VW Group from 2017 figures as they have stopped reporting for the region. In Kuwait 3 brands hold half the market: Toyota (+6%) goes agains the grain to improve its share to 30.6%, Mitsubishi (-7%) drops to 10.2% and Nissan (+9%) soars to 10.1%. In the remainder of the Top 10, Honda (+16%) posts the largest gain, while Ford (+8%) and GMC (+5%) also brilliantly gain ground. Further down, Lincoln (+1689%), MG (+406%), Chrysler (+116%), Renault (+66%), Jaguar (+56%), Land Rover (+47%), McLaren (+28%), Jeep (+27%), Aston Martin (+24%), Acura (+17%) and Volvo (+10%) also do well.
Model-wise, the Toyota Prado (-7%) looks all set for a 9th straight annual win in Kuwait at an extravagant 12.6% share, while the next five best-sellers all post double-digit gains! They are led by the Mitsubishi Pajero (+18%) and Toyota Camry (+21%) ahead of the Toyota Land Cruiser (+13%), Hilux (+33%) and Corolla (+14%). But it’s the Nissan Sunny (+95%) that posts the largest gain in the Top 15. The Nissan Sentra (+298%), Range Rover (+98%), Toyota Yaris (+49%), Honda Civic (+45%), GMC Sierra (+39%), Toyota RAV4 (+39%) and Ford F-Series (+37%) are among the best performers in the remainder of the Top 50 while the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#73) tops all recent launches ahead of the Toyota Rush (#85), MG RX5 (#92), MG ZS (#98) and Jeep Compass (#109).
Full January-October 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 50 models below.