The Toyota Camry is #1 in Saudi Arabia again.
The big event of the year in Saudi Arabia was women being allowed to drive from June 24 onwards. Unfortunately, as I predicted in an interview with the BBC.co.uk, this hasn’t had a positive effect on new car sales in the country just yet, with deliveries down another painful -23.4% in 2018 to just 411.223 units. Depressingly, this is the third consecutive 20%+ fall in Saudi Arabia after steep declines in both 2016 (-21.4%) and 2017 (-22.3%), which means the market has now lost 53.2% since its peak of 879.704 units in 2015. Brand leader Toyota (-23.3%) almost perfectly matches the market to keep its share unchanged at 31.7% but Hyundai (-29.8%) sees its footprint thaw from 20.3% to 18.6%. Nissan (-24.2%) remains in third place at 6.6% but Mazda (+20.2%) stuns with a double-digit gains lifting it from #9 last year to #4 and 5.9%. The only other Top 10 carmaker to record a positive result is Mitsubishi up a smashing 105.7% to #10. Elsewhere, Chevrolet (-10.6%), Honda (-17.3%) and Isuzu (-20.3%) improve their share but Kia (-39.9%) and Ford (-24.5%) aren’t that lucky. Further down, Chinese MG (+764.1%) is the hero of the year, up 15 spots to #13, with Ram (+134.9%), Maserati (+49.7%), McLaren (+33.3%), Jaguar (+28%) and Jeep (+8.7%) also managing a gain while Volvo returns at #29.
The new CX-9 helps Mazda up 20.2% this year in Saudi Arabia.
Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Camry (-23.2%) follows the market to repeat at #1 with 6.5% share, but the Toyota Hilux (-19.6%) is nudging closer less than 1.200 units below vs. 3.000 last year. The Hyundai Accent (-25.7%) overtakes the Sonata (-28.9%) for third place, with the Hyundai Elantra (-26.6%) and Toyota Corolla (-27.8%) camping on their positions below. The Isuzu D-Max (+13.5%) is up 5 spots to break back into the Top 10 at #8, with the Mazda CX-9 (+170%) up 31 to #14, the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup (+7.4%) up 5 to #17, the Chevrolet Spark (+49.6%) up 14 to #19 and the Mitsubishi Attrage (up 100-fold) up 177 to #22 for its first full year of sales since returning in market. The MG 360 (+491.3%), Honda Civic (+90.5%), Nissan X-Trail (+55.4%), Mitsubishi Pajero (+38.3% and L200 (+33.9%) also shine in the Top 50. The Mazda CX-5 (#46) is the most popular 2018 (re)launch ahead of the Toyota Rush (#60), MG RX5 (#71), Hyundai Kona (#91) and Geely Emgrand GS (#93).
Full Year 2018 Top 40 All-brands and Top 60 models vs. Full Year 2017 figures below.