Chinese MG is now a Top 10 brand in Qatar. Picture yallamotor.com
After three consecutive years of stifling double-digit falls pulling the market down from 92.916 units in 2015 to just 45.653 last year, the Qatari new light vehicle market has stabilised at just -0.7% to 45.344 registrations in 2019. Brand leader Toyota (+6%) swims upstream with a sturdy gain leading to a 36.9% share vs. 34.6% in 2018. Nissan (-9.2%) easily remains at #2 despite a stiff loss, while Kia (+2%) overtakes a straggling Mitsubishi (-25.6%) to snap the third spot on the podium. Below a solid Chevrolet (+3.5%) and damaged Lexus (-25.6%), Hyundai (+52.4%), Honda (+12.2%) and GMC (+7%) all manage stellar gains but the hero of the year is MG (+295.9%) multiplying its 2018 volume by four and leaping up 9 spots to break into the annual Top 10 brands at #10. Further down, Lincoln (+350%), Maserati (+45.2%), Ram (+23.4%), Subaru (+23.1%) and Volvo (+22.2%) also shine while Changan lands at #19.
Old-fashioned but cheap: the Nissan Sunny is up 44.2% Picture Yallamotor.
Model-wise, the Toyota Land Cruiser (-1.1%) completes a full decade of reign, having ranked #1 every single year since at least 2010 and securing its 2nd highest ever market share at 14.3%, only bettered by last year’s 14.4%. The Nissan Sunny (+44.2%) surges 3 spots to land at #2 but only sells 36% of the Land Cruiser’s volume, just as the Toyota Hilux (+7.4%) edges up one spot to topple the Nissan Patrol (-28.4%) and Lexus LX (-33.5%) out of the podium. The Toyota Yaris (+55%), Corolla (+43.1%) and Camry (+20.9%) prove sedans are not dead yet in Qatar, the latter two nameplates making a reentry inside the annual Top 10. The MG5 (a rebadged Roewe i5 for export markets) is the most popular 2019 launch in Qatar at #52, distancing the Kia Pegas (#56), Honda HR-V (#83), MG 350 (#87) and Kia Telluride (#96).
Full Year 2019 Top 35 All-brands and Top 60 models vs. Full Year 2018 figures below.