The Toyota Land Cruiser holds 12% of the Bahraini market in 2019, more than any brand bar Toyota.
After imploding down 19% in 2016 and 25.6% in 2017, new light vehicle sales in Bahrain seemed to be on the mend in 2018 with a much slimmer -4.8% drop, but they are back in hell so far in 2019 at -19.4% to just 11.562 units over the first 5 months. Both top selling brands Toyota (-22.2%) and Nissan (-30.2%) fall even faster than the market but remain dominant at 37.7% and 9.7% share respectively. In contrast, Hyundai (+7.1%) and Honda (+2.7%) in the Top 4 as well as Isuzu (+9.6%) and Chevrolet (+2.7%) in the remainder of the Top 10 manage to post gains. Just outside the Top 10, Chinese carmaker MG (+149.5%) scores the most spectacular uptick in the entire market by far, with Jaguar (+85.7%), Genesis (+61.5%), Volvo (+45%), Maserati (+27.3%) and Cadillac (+24.1%) also impressive further down.
Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser (+13.6%) ignores the surrounding gloom with the only gain in the Top 7 – let alone a double-digit one – and is headed towards an 8th annual win over the past 9 years with a dominant 12% share. That’s more than double the #2, the Nissan Sunny (-16.9%) distancing the Toyota Prado (-43.3%), Camry (-21.1%) and Hyundai Accent (-6.4%), The Isuzu TF (+208.5%) and Lexus ES (+74.3%) shine in the Top 10, just as the Toyota Rush (#24) dominates new launches above the Toyota Ace (#29), Hyundai Kona (#51) and Lexus UX (#54).
Full January-May 2019 Top 35 All-brands and Top 55 models below.