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Oman 7 months 2020: Nissan (+5%), MG (+126.2%) defy market imploding -41%

The Nissan Patrol is up to #2 overall in Oman so far in 2020.

New car sales in Oman crash -41% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2020 to 36.730. Even though Q1 sales were holding very well at -2.8%, the last few months have been nothing short of horrendous. April imploded -78.3% to 1.771 vs. 8.167 a year ago, May was off -69.2% to 3.177 vs. 10.310,  June down -70.4% to 2.828 vs. 9.560 and July cratered another -47% to 5.078 vs. 9.588. Brand leader Toyota (-51.3%) falls even faster than the market, losing over half its 2019 volume but remaining by far the favourite carmaker in Oman with 42.2% share. Nissan (+5%) manages the very impressive feat of staying in positive and as a result sees its market share shoot up from just 17.1% last year to 30.4% so far in 2020… Newcomer MG (+126.2%) is the only additional gainer in the Top 10, lurching from #16 a year ago to #7 this year, while Suzuki (-17.4%), Isuzu (-25.3%) and Kia (-40.4%) resist somewhat but Hyundai (-70.1%), Mazda (-60.7%), Mitsubishi (-50.6%) and Lexus (-44.9%) are hit hard. Below, Honda (-5.5%), Ram (-15.6%), Hino (-16%), Fiat (-17.6%), Lincoln (-17.6%) and Volvo (-22.9%) stand out.

Over in the models ranking, the Nissan Sunny (+98.3%) almost doubles its sales year-on-year and surges 4 spots to easily snap the overall pole position with a mammoth 15.3% share. Nissan even manages a 1-2 in Oman with the Patrol (-35.1%) edging up one spot to #2, having its fall padded by the new generation. Leader over the Full Year 2019, the Toyota Land Cruiser (-52.4%) falls to #3, distancing the Toyota Hilux (-54.1%) and Land Cruiser Pickup (-40.2%). Nissan also places the Sentra (+18.6%) at #6 vs. #13 a year ago. The MG5 is the best-selling recent launch at a fantastic 21st place ahead of the Kia Pegas (#36), MG RX8 (#41), HS (#42), Kia Seltos (#56), Mazda CX-30 (#69) and Land Rover Defender (#93).

Previous post: Oman Q1 2020: Nissan (+76.7%) helps keep market drop to just -2.8%

One year ago: Oman First Half 2019: Toyota hits 50% share in market down -15%

Full 7 months 2020 Top 35 All-brands and Top 80 models vs. Full 2019 figures below.

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