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After dropping 15.2% over the Full Year 2017, the United Arab Emirates new car market falls a further 17.7% over the first 10 months of 2018 to 180.794 units, a decline that reduces drastically to -9.1% when comparing the same set of manufacturers, in effect removing the VW and BMW Groups from 2017 figures as these have not reported 2018 sales – and the BMW brand alone held 6.8% of the UAE market a year ago. Leader Toyota (-19%) is in difficulty at 30% share whereas Nissan (+16%) improves greatly to 24.5% as does Mitsubishi (+9%) at 12.2%, meaning the Top 3 brands hold exactly two-thirds of the UAE market so far in 2018 (66.7%) with all other marques below 4%. Land Rover (+39%) is the only one in positive in the remainder of the Top 10, with Lexus (-31%), Hyundai (-30%), Kia (-30%) and Chevrolet (-20%) hit the hardest. Further down, MG (+96%), Lincoln (+46%), Jaguar (+12%), Infiniti (+4%) brave the adverse conditions to post gains but Citroen (-82%), Geely (-59%), Cadillac (-52%), Isuzu (-34%), GMC (-32%), Maserati (-31%) and Volvo (-28%) dive.
Over in the models ranking, the Nissan Patrol (+19%) is brilliantly headed towards a second consecutive annual pole position, cementing its domination with and outstanding 10.8% share. This year the UAE podium is 100% composed of large, luxurious SUVs, with the Toyota Land Cruiser (-15%) at #2 and the Mitsubishi Pajero (+77%) at #3. The Nissan Sunny (+65%) is the best-selling passenger car at #4, up five spots on FY17, distancing the Toyota Hilux (-20%), Prado (-10%) and Mitsubishi Lancer EX (-37%). Below, the Nissan Altima (+10%), Kicks (+68%) and Sentra (+36%) impress in a Top 20 exclusively made of Japanese models. Below the Kia Sportage (-31%), first Korean at #21, the Range Rover (+45%) breaks the Asian spell at #22, followed by the Jeep Wrangler (+8%) at #27 and the Range Rover Sport (+6%) at #33. The Toyota Rush (#40) is the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) above the Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (#56).
Full January-October 2018 Top 35 All-brands and Top 50 models below.