For the first time since December 2010, I can give you an update on new vehicle sales in Cameroon. Over the first half of 2013, 2.300 new vehicles found a buyer in the country, that includes Passenger Cars, Light and Heavy Commercial Vehicles. One manufacturer has an absolute stranglehold on the Cameroon market: Toyota, selling 1.065 vehicle over the period for a 46% market share. The #2 is Mercedes at 191 units or 8.3%, followed by Suzuki at 131 sales, Mitsubishi at 118 and Hyundai at 112. Based on YouTube observations of the streets of the capital Yaoundé, the Toyota Hilux should be the best-seller here, with the Toyota Hiace, Nissan Hardbody, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Mitsubishi L200 also successful. Note that more than half the cars in circulation are various generations of Toyota Corolla and Starlet (many of them as taxis).
* Click on title for Cameroon street scenes! *
The car market in Cameroon is still relatively limited with 3,167 new vehicles sold in 2007 (vs. around 75,000 yearly used car sales). Toyota holds close to half the market (40% in 2004 – last official figures) and should place the Hilux ahead of the ranking in the country.
Other successful models in Cameroon include the Toyota Hiace, Nissan Hardbody, Suzuki Grand Vitara and Mitsubishi L200. More than half the cars in circulation are various generations of Toyota Corolla and Starlet (many of them as taxis) but the latest Corolla has not made its mark.
Street scenes below.