The Toyota Land Cruiser is the best-selling vehicle in the GCC.
The Gulf Cooperation Council is an economic union including Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. In 2019 and on the sole strength of Saudi Arabia (+30.6%), sales in the region shoot up 12% to easily cross back above the annual million unit milestone at 1.046.821 sales. Toyota (+6.2%) halves the market growth rate but comfortably remains in pole position with 32.3% share or just under 1 in every 3 new cars registered. Hyundai (+50.5%) posts the most spectacular gain in the Top 10, overtaking Nissan (-7.9%) to snap the 2nd spot overall. Mitsubishi (+4.6%) sees its share thaw to 5.6%, distancing Kia (+15.3%), Chevrolet (+8.5%) and Mazda (+37.8%) like in 2018 just as Lexus (+7.6%) and Isuzu (+13.3%) both leapfrog past Ford (-5.4%). Chinese MG (+129.9%) is the most impressive carmaker in the entire market, jumping up 5 spots to #12 and 1.5% share, but Changan (#15) is already close behind for its first annual appearance in the GCC charts thanks to a stunning landing in Saudi Arabia.
Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Land Cruiser (+7%) snaps its first annual victory this decade, overtaking the leader since 2010, the Toyota Hilux (+1.7%). Indeed the Land Cruiser won no less than 5 out of the 6 GCC market in 2019 (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the UAE) vs. none for the Hilux which compensated with strong scores in every market. The Toyota Camry (+13%) holds onto the third spot while the Nissan Sunny (+37%) is up one to #4 and both the Hyundai Accent (+74.9%) and Elantra (+65.9%) benefit from outstanding scores in Saudi Arabia where they rak #1 and #2 respectively. The Toyota Yaris (+28.1%) also shines at #7, with Toyota also placing the Corolla (-0.3%) and Prado (-10.4%) inside the Top 10 for a total of 6 nameplates. The Mitsubishi Attrage (+108%), Mazda CX-9 (+53.1%), Mazda6 (+45.8%), Hyundai Tucson (+41.1%) and Isuzu TF (+33.1%) stand out below as the best-selling 2019 launch titles goes to the Kia Pegas (#42) above the Changan Eado (#59) and CS75 (#71).
Full Year 2019 Top 38 All-brands and Top 50 models vs. Full Year 2018 figures below.