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Iraq First Half 2018: Kia on top, Renault back in market up 29%

The Kia Sorento climbs to #2 in Iraq with just under 10% share.

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New vehicle sales in Iraq continue to recover with a 29% year-on-year surge halfway through 2018 to 22.111 registrations, and even +30% when removing the BMW Group from the 2017 equation as the manufacturer stopped reporting sales in the region this year. Kia (+38%) tightens its grip even further on the Iraqi market, reaching 53.7% share so far this year vs. 50.3% at the same stage last year. Toyota (+30%) also improves slightly to 15.4% share but it’s Hyundai (+109%) that posts the most impressive gain near the top, going from 9.3% of the market halfway through 2017 to 15.1% and just 82 units below Toyota now. Nissan (-54%) on the other hand implodes all the while Renault returns directly in a brilliant 5th place. Ram (+480%), Jeep (+265%) and Dodge (+156%) also impress.

Renault has returned to Iraq with the Duster and Symbol (pictured).

Logically, there are 6 Korean nameplates in the Top 7 in Iraq over the period, with the Kia Frontier (+19%) head and shoulders above the competition at 30.4% share followed by the Kia Sorento (+223%) at 9.9% and the Hyundai Tucson (+45%) at 7.1%. The Toyota Hilux (+17%) is down two spots to #4, ahead of the Kia Cerato (+68%), Sportage (+32%) and Hyundai Elantra (+1231%). The Renault Duster lands directly at #10 and the Symbol at #16.

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Iraq Full Year 2017: Kia Frontier up to 32.1% share in recovering market

One in three new vehicles sold in Iraq in 2017 is a Kia Frontier.

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After dropping 44% in 2015 and 48% in 2016, new car sales in Iraq have turned the corner in 2017 with a sizeable 17.5% jump to 33.825 units. Kia is more dominant than ever thanks to deliveries surging 46% to 48.8% share, whereas Toyota sees its share drop three percentage points to 18.6% due to sales up just 1%. Nissan gains 20% to overtake Hyundai (-37%) while Chevrolet (+36%) rounds up the Top 5 like in 2016. Suzuki (+414%), GMC (+191%) and BMW (+42%) also shine near the top while Renault appears at #10.

The Sorento (#5) helps Kia reach almost 50% market share in Iraq in 2017. 

Model-wise, the Kia Frontier is the best-seller for at least the 4th year in a row, significantly improving its footprint thanks to sales shooting up 94% to 32.1% share, one in three vehicles sold in Iraq. The Toyota Hilux (+37%) is back above the Kia Sportage (-20%) to hold the #2 spot while the Hyundai Tucson soars 58% and three spots to #4 and the Kia Sorento is up 14% to #5. The Nissan Navara (#7), Chevrolet Cobalt (#10), Nissan Patrol (#13) and Suzuki Swift DZire (#16) also shine while the Renault Duster (#21) and Nissan Kicks (#25) make a solid appearance in the Iraqi charts.

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Iraq November 2017: Kia Frontier #1, Chevrolet Cobalt up to #2

The Uzbekistan-made Chevy Cobalt is up to #2 in Iraq this month.

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The Iraqi new car market is in full recovery mode: it soars 27.2% year-on-year in November to 3.050 registrations, lifting the year-to-date volume up 16.2% to 30.122 units with one month remaining in the year. Kia keeps its stranglehold on the brands ranking with just under 50% share thanks to deliveries up 23%. Toyota also gains 23% to hit 20.7% share vs. 17.8% so far this year. Hyundai doubles its sales to reach 13.1%, distancing Chevrolet up 5-fold to 10.6% and Suzuki up 7-fold to 3.2%. The Top 5 manufacturers hold 97.4% of the Iraqi market in November as Nissan has a month off. In the models ranking, the Kia Frontier is sovereign like in neighbouring Jordan, even doubling its sales year-on-year to hit 33.2% share. The surprise is in 2nd place: the Chevrolet Cobalt is up 17-fold to 10.6% share – but it’s the previous generation of the nameplate (2011-2015) that is sold here, meaning it is imported from Uzbekistan where it is assembled as the Ravon R4. The Cobalt distances the Toyota Hilux (+94%) and Land Cruiser Pickup (+74%), while the Hyundai Tucson (+516%) rounds up the Top 5 above the Hyundai Elantra (+233%). The Suzuki Swift DZire sedan slips into the November Top 10.

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Iraq August 2017: Kia up 61%, Toyota up 89% in market up 26%

Toyota Hilux Iraqi sales are up 87% in August. Picture Almuraba.net

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The Iraqi new car market confirms it is on the mend in 2017 with August sales up 26% to 2.612 units, leading to a year-to-date total up 15% to 21.755. Market leaders Kia (+61%) and Toyota (+89%) pull the market up and add up to an ultra-dominant 79.3% market share this month vs. 68.8% so far in 2017. It would appear that Nissan, still #3 year-to-date with 13.3% share, has interrupted sales in Iraq. Chevrolet (-38%), Hyundai (-68%) and Suzuki (+1580%) round up the Top 5 with GMC (+390%), Land Rover (+65%) and BMW (+28%) also posting spectacular gains.

The Kia Frontier remains by far the most popular nameplate in Iraq, selling more than double any other model on sale in the country, but slows down its growth at +56% to 27.7% share in August vs. 32.1% (+104%) year-to-date. The Toyota Hilux is up one spot on its FY2016 ranking to #2 overall thanks to deliveries up a whopping 87% this month. It knocks the Kia Sportage (+56%) down to #3. The Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup surges up 7-fold on August 2016 to land in 4th place overall, above the Chevrolet Cobalt up to #5 vs. #16 year-to-date. The Kia Sorento (+256%), Toyota Prado (+125%) and Suzuki Swift Dzire (+1120%) also shine in the Top 10.

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Iraq First Half 2017: Kia Frontier doubles sales to hold 32.9% of market

The Kia Frontier holds one-third of the Iraqi new vehicle market so far in 2017.

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New light vehicle sales in Iraq are on the mend, up 12% year-on-year over the First Half of 2017 to 17.152 units. This total is in fact the sole work of the two best-selling manufacturers, without which the Iraqi market would be plunging down. Kia shoots up 52% to go from 37% of the market a year ago to 50.3% this year while Nissan is up 36% to step up from 13.8% to 16.8%. In contrast, Toyota declines 17% and is knocked down one spot to #3 and Hyundai pummels down 31%, also losing one rank to #4. BMW (+150%(, Suzuki (+70%) and GMC (+1109%) post robust gains on very low bases in 2016.

The Nissan Kicks lands at #15 in Iraq this year. 

Model-wise, the Kia Frontier spectacularly doubles its sales year-on-year (+109%) to cement its pole position, now holding no less than one third of the Iraqi market. It distances the Toyota Hilux up 26% to #2, the Hyundai Tucson up 86% to #3 and the Nissan Sunny up 147% to #4. The Kia Sportage (-28%) and Toyota Land Cruiser (-42%) are in great difficulty but within the Top 10 the Kia Cerato (+81%), Nissan Patrol (+263%) and Chevrolet Tahoe (+195%) also impress. The Nissan Navara replaces the D22 Pickup and lands at #12 while the Nissan Kicks is also an instant success in Iraq, arriving directly at #15.

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Iraq Full Year 2016: Kia Frontier and Sportage outsell Toyota Hilux

The Kia Sportage climbs to 2nd spot overall in Iraq in 2016. 

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Car sales in Iraq continue to struggle: after a 44% drop in 2015, the market falls a further 48% in 2016 to just 28.788 registrations. Market leader Kia roughly follows the market at -51% to a gargantuan 39.4% share vs. 41.6% a year ago, followed by Toyota at 21.6% (-41%), Hyundai at 15.8% (-56%) and Nissan at 11.3% (-30%). Chevrolet (-56%) and Ford (-21%) also see their ranking unchanged and are the only other brands commanding over 1% market share. Among smaller-volume brands, only BMW (+26%) and Volkswagen (+273%) post positive results.

Nissan Pickup Iraq April 2016The Nissan D22 is back inside the Iraqi Top 10.

The Kia Frontier remains the best-selling nameplate in the country for the third year in a row with sales down 41% improving its share to 19.5%, making Iraq only the second market worldwide to crown this pickup alongside Syria. The Kia Sportage gains two spots to #2 thanks to deliveries down just 32% to 7.6% share, knocking the Toyota Hilux down to #3. The Toyota Land Cruiser is up four spots to #4, the Nissan D22 Pickup reappears in the ranking at #8, the Nissan Sunny is up 25% to #13, the Chevrolet Cruze up 221% to #14, the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup up 14% to #15, the Chevrolet Tahoe up 279% to #20 and the Hyundai Creta up 440% to #27.

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Iraq: 2011-2017 Historical Data now available

Toyota HIlux Iraq June 2013Toyota Hilux in Iraq, June 2013. Picture courtesy of Khaled Farhad (click to enlarge).

Historical Data covering the past six years is now available for Iraq. Direct links below.

Iraq 2011-2017: All Make and All Models monthly data available. Contact us here for more details

Iraq 2014: First ever data shows Kia Frontier #1

Iraq 2015: Kia Frontier outsells Toyota Hilux for #1

Iraq 2016: Kia Frontier and Sportage outsell Toyota Hilux

Iraq 2017: Kia Frontier up to 32.1% in recovering market

Iraq January-July 2016: Kia Frontier and Sportage top market down 51%

Kia Frontier Iraq July 2016. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is more dominant than ever in Iraq at 17.5% market share… 

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The Iraqi new vehicle market is logically impacted by the continuing conflict at the north of the country with sales down 51% year-on-year over the first seven months of 2016 to just 16.913 units. Kia skids down even faster than the market at -61% and sees its market share lose 10 points from 47.1% to 37.3%, still ultra-dominant though. Toyota drops ‘just’ 50% to improve its share slightly to 20.9% and reclaims the 2nd spot off Hyundai down 62% to 16.6%. Reversely,  Nissan surges 145% to 4th place and Ford leaps 72% to 5th. Land Rover (+9%), Jaguar (+14%) and Volkswagen (+50%) are the only other gainers among the 16 brands having registered at least one sale in Iraq over the period.

Kia Sportage Iraq July 2016…followed by the Kia Sportage at 7.4%. 

Model-wise, despite tumbling down 53% – only slightly more than the market – the Kia Frontier actually tightens its grip on the sales charts with a mammoth 17.5% share vs. just 7.4% for its most immediate follower, the Kia Sportage down 48%. The Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup surges 6 spots year-on-year to land on the third step of the podium thanks to sales down just 15%. The Toyota Hilux, #2 a year ago, dives 66% to #4 and is now threatened by the Nissan Patrol Pickup at #5. The Kia Sorento suffers particularly at -74%, going from #3 a year ago to #7 in 2016. Going against the grain are the Nissan Sunny (+118%), Chevrolet Cruze (+277%), Nissan Urvan (+442%) and Hyundai HR Truck (+481%).

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Iraq January-April 2016: Nissan teases Toyota for #2 brand below Kia

Nissan Pickup Iraq April 2016Nissan D22

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The Iraqi new car market plunges by 46% year-on-year over the first four months of 2016 to just 11.732 registrations. Market leader Kia falls faster than the market at -60%, resulting in a much reduced market share, still at a towering 36.3% though. At #2, Toyota is down 55% to 18.2% share, selling only 20 units moe than Nissan – a company that didn’t report sales in Iraq a year ago. Hyundai (-64%) and Chevrolet (-48%) also fall hard, while Ford (+158%) and Land Rover (+235%) flourish. In the models ranking, the Kia Frontier is the most popular by far with 19.2% share and despite a 43% drop: its only adversary last year, the Toyota Hilux, is down by 73% to #4. Nissan has hit the bullseye with its D22 Pickup in Iraq: it lands directly at #2 with 7.8% share, above the Toyota Land Cruiser at 6.6%. Kia completes the Top 6 with the Sportage and Sorento, while the Chevrolet Cruze surges to #12 vs. #35 a year ago.

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Iraq Full Year 2015: Kia Frontier overtakes Toyota Hilux for #1

Kia Frontier Bongo Iraq March 2015. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is the best-selling vehicle in Iraq in 2015.

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Today we can share with you for the first time on BSCB complete data for Iraq. This is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find this data anywhere else. After gaining significant ground over the past years, the Iraqi new car market is hit full frontal by the troubles in its northern regions destabilising the country. Sales are down 44% year-on-year to 55.152 units, dominated once again by Korean manufacturer Kia down slower than the market at -28% resulting in a much improved 41.6% market share vs. 32.7% a year ago. Below, Toyota (-58%), Hyundai (-50%) and Nissan (-57%) all lose market share. Chevrolet (-33%) and Ford (-44%) follow, while Land Rover (-3%) and Renault (+3442%) see their share shoot up but remain below 1%.

Kia Sorento Iraq 2015. Picture courtesy drivearabia.comThe Kia Sorento ranks at a world-best third place in Iraq this year.

In the models ranking, the Kia Frontier goes against the negative grain an improves its volume by 2% to 9.448 units for a gigantic 17.1% share, stepping into the Iraqi pole position and frankly overtaking the Toyota Hilux down a devastating 66% to just 4.157 units and 7.5% vs. 12.398 and 12.6% a year ago. Note previous erroneous reports had the Kia Frontier at #1 in 2014. The Kia Sorento (-34%) and Sportage (-40%) hold onto their position at #3 and #4 respectively, with the Kia Cerato, Hyundai Tucson and Toyota Land Cruiser breaking into the 2015 Top 10. Notice also the Toyota Prado up 7% and 10 spots to #10, the Chevrolet Spark landing directly at #15, the Chevrolet Silverado at #17 and the Aveo at #20.

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