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Tunisia Full Year 2019: Renault Clio best-seller, Kia (+24.9%), Chinese (+66.2%) impress in market down -4.2%

Kia soars to #1 Passenger Car brand and #2 overall in 2019.

Discover a decade’s worth of Tunisian Historical Data here.

2/03 update: Now with the Top 40 PC brands and Top 50 PC models.

New vehicle sales in Tunisia skid again in 2019 at -4.2% to 49.216 registrations. The market drop is solely the responsibility of Light Commercial Vehicle sales down -19.5% to 12.919 whereas Passenger Cars actually gain 2.8% to 36.296 units. Isuzu (-23.5%) is hit full frontal but remains the most popular carmaker in the country for the 4th year in a row, while Kia (+24.9%) does the opposite and soars 3 spots to land in 2nd place overall, also snapping the Passenger Cars brand lead. Renault (+0.7%) and Peugeot (+5.3%) camp on their positions at #3 and #4 respectively, Volkswagen (-0.3%) is up one spot to #5 and Hyundai (-1.2%) up two to #6 but Citroen (-38.2%) implodes to #7 whereas it was market leader in 2015.

Seat (+29%) posts the largest gain in the Top 10. Below, the Chinese are the most dynamic with Geely (+2560%), ZX Auto (+260%), Foton (+145.6%), Great Wall (+125.1%), MG (+96.7%), Chery (+59.3%) and Dongfeng (+36.9%) scoring 9 of the 10 largest gains in the Tunisian market in 2019. Overall, Chinese brands shoot up 66.2% to 9.4% share vs. just 5.4% in 2018. Honda (+52.4%), Skoda (+44%), local carmaker Wallyscar (+37.8%), Mahindra (+34.1%), Mercedes (+17.5%) and Suzuki (+13.4%) also shine with market-defying double-digit gains.

The Mahindra KUV100 ranks at a world best #6 in Tunisia in 2019.

Over in the models ranking, the Renault Clio dominates head and shoulders with just under 2.700 sales, well above the Kia Rio, VW Polo and Kia Picanto all around 1.800 units. The Seat Ibiza rounds out the Top 5, with the Mahindra KUV100 up to a surprising 6th position which is to BSCB knowledge a world record ranking. Both the Hyundai i20 and Grand i10 also make it into the Top 10. The Chery QQ (#15) is the most popular Chinese nameplate ahead of the MG ZS (#17), Haval H6 (#20) and Chery Tiggo 2 (#29).

Previous year: Tunisia Full Year 2018: Isuzu (+1.2%) tightens hold on market down -19.4%

Two years ago: Tunisia Full Year 2017: Isuzu, Citroen, Renault top market up 5.1%

Full Year 2019 Top 60 All-brands, Top 40 Passenger Car brands, Top 15 LCV brands vs. Full Year 2018 figures below.

Full Year 2019 Top 50 PC models below.

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