The Nissan Sunny leaps up 5 spots on 2017 to land in 2nd place in Bahrain.
After freefalling down 19% in 2016 and 25.6% in 2017, the Bahraini new light vehicle market encouragingly stabilises in 2018 at -4.8% and 34.865 sales. Once again Toyota (-7.3%) fares a little worse but its advantage over the other carmakers present in the country is unassailable: it holds a 38.3% share vs. just 12.9% for Nissan albeit up a smashing 30.2% year-on-year. Honda (+20%), Isuzu (+11.4%), Mazda (+4.8%) and Lexus (+1.8%) also impress with year-on-year gains in the remainder of the Top 10 whereas Kia (-23.5%), Chevrolet (-20.1%) and Mitsubishi (-8.4%) disappoint. Below, MG (+527.7%), Jaguar (+206.7%), Land Rover (+172.6%), Genesis (+160%), Ram (+77.6%), Jeep (+45%) and Volvo (+22.6%) all lodge spectacular gains.
Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser (-10.2%) manages a 7th annual win in the past 8 years but sees its market share thaw to 9.2%, still a very large margin over the Nissan Sunny (+68.6%) aka Versa soaring up 5 spots on 2017 to land in 2nd place. It is the only non-Toyota nameplate in the Top 7 with the remainder of the Top 10 following very varied fortunes: the Nissan Kicks (+67.1%) breaks into the Bahraini Top 10 for its first full year in market, the Toyota Camry (+5%) and Hilux (+4.9%) defy the odds to post year-on-year gains, the Toyota Yaris (-3.4%), Corolla (-4.9%) and Hiace (-9.1%) contain their fall but the Toyota Prado (-40.2%) and Hyundai Accent (-34.1%) freefall. The Toyota Rush (#36) is the only 2018 launch in the Top 50, with the next best things being the MG ZS (#76), MG RX5 (#99) and Infiniti QX30 (#110).
Two years ago: Bahrain 2016: Toyota Land Cruiser and Prado on top
Full Year 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2017 figures below.