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Syria January-October 2018: Hyundai Elantra tops market up 9.3%

The Hyundai Elantra is the most popular vehicle in Syria so far this year.

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The Syrian new car market edges up 9.3% year-on-year so far in 2018 to 8.720 registrations, but understandably given the dire situation the country finds itself in, only a handful of carmakers remain active here. Hyundai (+2%) holds onto the brands lead with 59.7% share but it’s Kia (+48%) that impresses this year, leaping up to 39.6% share. Nissan (-23%) only manages 63 sales. The Hyundai Elantra (+95%) almost doubles its sales year-on-year to brilliantly snap the models pole position with 25.7% share, distancing the 2017 leader the Hyundai Tucson (-27%), the Kia Cerato (+462%) and Sorento (+96%). The best-selling non-Korean nameplate is the Nissan Sunny at #12.

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Previous post: Syria January-May 2018: Kia and Sorento step ahead in market up 48%

One year ago: Syria August 2017: Hyundai Tucson dominates market down 23%

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Syria January-May 2018: Kia and Sorento step ahead in market up 48%

The Kia Sorento is the best-selling vehicle in Syria so far in 2018.

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In an extremely challenging context, only two carmakers remain truly active in Syria: Kia whose sales have more than doubled year-on-year (+108%) to take a 49.7% market share, overstepping sister brand Hyundai (+16%) at 48.9%. The two Koreans obliterate the Syrian market once again with a combined market share of 98.6% vs. 98.8% in 2017 and 98.5% in 2016. Nissan (-3%) holds just 1.3% of a market back up 48% to 4.753 registrations. Genesis makes its first appearance in the Syrian sales charts with one lonely G90 sold. Only 14 nameplates have found at least one buyer in Syria over the period, with the Kia Sorento (+278%) and Cerato (+871%) dislodging the Hyundai Tucson (-30%) from the top spot. The Hyundai Elantra (+42%) and HR Truck (+597%) round up the Top 5 with the Kia Frontier (+269%) and Hyundai Starex (+199%) also in great shape in a Top 10 that is getting more and more functional with a fair share of Light Commercial Vehicles. Nissan places the Sunny at #11 and the Patrol at #12.

Previous post: Syria Full Year 2017: Hyundai Tucson snaps lead in market down 11%

One year ago: Syria First Half 2017: Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage on top

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Syria Full Year 2017: Hyundai Tucson snaps lead in market down 11%

The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Syria in 2017. 

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After dropping 45% in 2015 and 36% in 2016, the Syrian new car market slows down its fall in an extremely challenging context at -11% in 2017 to 7.978 registrations. Hyundai chokes the market with a 14% year-on-year gain to 66.8% share while sister brand Kia is down 38% to 32%, the two Koreans holding an obliterating 98.8% of Syrian sales for 2017 vs. 98.5% a year ago. Nissan (-18%) falls below 100 annual sales. The Hyundai Tucson doubles its deliveries year-on-year to hit 26.5% share, followed by the Kia Sportage (+7%), Hyundai H1 (+135%) and Hyundai Elantra (-42%), all three nameplates above 10% share. The best-selling non-Korean nameplate is the Nissan Patrol at #13 (+18%). The Genesis G90 makes its appearance at #18.

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Previous year: Syria Full Year 2016: Kia Frontier tops market down 36%

Two years ago: Syria Full Year 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads in market down 43%

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Syria August 2017: Hyundai Tucson dominates market down 23%

The Hyundai Tucson is the most popular vehicle in Syria so far this year. 

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War-torn Syria sees its sales drop 23% year-on-year in August to 619 units, yet the year-to-date total remains in positive for now at +4% to 5.176. Only Hyundai (64.6% share) and Kia (34.7%) sell in significant numbers in Syria, with Nissan at a lonely 4 units this month and Subaru at 4 units year-to-date. If a year ago the Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Frontier dominated the models ranking, this year it’s the Hyundai Tucson (+765%), Elantra (+168%) and H1/Starex (+65%), all posting spectacular gains. The Kia Sportage is the only other nameplate losing a three-digit sales figure and remains #2 year-to-date below the Tucson.

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Previous post: Syria First Half 2017: Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage on top

One year ago: Syria January-July 2016: Elantra back in charge, market down 56%

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Syria First Half 2017: Hyundai Tucson and Kia Sportage on top

The Hyundai Tucson is the best-selling vehicle in Syria so far in 2017.

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Consult three years worth of Syrian Historical Data here

Surprisingly in the current context, official car sales data continues to be communicated in Syria. The market has fallen to an almost stop, yet it recovers timidly over the First Half of 2017 at +10% to 3.884 units. Only four manufacturers continue to sell, with Mazda having disappeared, but Hyundai (+13%) at 61.8% share and Kia (+7%) at 36.4% share are the only two brands selling in significant number and accounting for 98.2% of the market. Nissan and Subaru share the remaining 1.8%. Model-wise, the two best-sellers spectacularly more than double their sales year-on-year: the Hyundai Tucson is up 114% to 29% share and the Kia Sportage up 141% to 20.9%, with the Hyundai Elantra (-34%) rounding up the podium at 14% share. These three nameplate account for almost two-thirds of the Jordanian market halfway through 2017. Leader over the Full Year 2016, the Kia Frontier is down 81% to #8. Notice also the Hyundai Santa Fe up 79% to 4th place.

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Syria Full Year 2016: Kia Frontier tops market down 36%

Kia Frontier Bongo Syria April 2016. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is the best-selling nameplate in Syria in 2016. 

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New car sales data is the least of Syria’s worries in the current context, yet the government continues to communicate it and it is our job to report it. Understandably, the Syrian market is down 36% year-on-year in 2016 to 8.963 registrations, with still only two carmakers selling significant volumes. Hyundai remains the #1 brand in the country and sees its sales plunge 38% to hit 52.3% market share vs. 53.4% a year ago, while sister company Kia is down 35% to 46.2% share vs. 45.5% in 2015. The remaining 1.5% of the market is shared web teen Nissan, Subaru and Mazda.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is up 83% to #5 in Syria in 2016. 

Model-wise, the Kia Frontier pickup (-35%) overtakes the Hyundai Elantra (-52%) to take the lead, making Syria the second country in the world alongside Iraq where the Frontier is #1. The rest of the Top 6 is solely composed of SUVs: the Kia Sportage (-33%), Hyundai Tucson (-29%), Santa Fe (+83%) and Kia Sorento (-3%). Notice also the Kia Optima (+107%) and Hyundai HR Truck (+74%) posting spectacular gains.

Previous post: Syria January-July 2016: Elantra back in charge, market down 56%

Previous year: Syria Full Year 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads in market down 43%

Two years ago: Syria Full Year 2014: Hyundai tops market in crisis

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Syria: 2014-2017 Historical Data now available

The Hyundai Elantra topped the Syrian market in 2015. 

Historical Data covering the past three years is now available for Syria. Direct links below.

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Syria 2014: Hyundai tops market in crisis

Syria 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads in market down 43%

Syria 2016: Kia Frontier tops market down 36%

Syria 2017: Hyundai Tucson snaps lead in market down 11%

Syria January-July 2016: Elantra back in charge, market down 56%

Hyundai Elantra Syria 2015The Hyundai Elantra is the most popular vehicle in Syria so far in 2016.

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War-torn Syria sees its new car market crumble down 56% year-on-year over the first 7 months of 2016 to 4.154 units, a slight improvement on the -63% endured over the first 4 months of the year. Only two carmakers continue to sell volumes in Syria: Hyundai holding 61% of the market and Kia at 36.8%. Nissan, Subaru and Mazda all sell less than 100 units each. Model-wise, the Hyundai Elantra snaps the pole position it held in 2015 back from the Kia Frontier, #1 over the first 4 months of the year. The Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, Hyundai Santa Fe and Kia Sorento all rank within the Top 10, denoting customers avid of SUV experiences.

Previous post: Syria January-April 2016: Kia Frontier and Hyundai Tucson top market at -63%

Previous year: Syria Full Year 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads in market down 43%

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Syria January-April 2016: Kia Frontier & Hyundai Tucson top market at -63%

Kia Frontier Bongo Syria April 2016. Picture courtesy iqbazaar.comThe Kia Frontier is the best-selling nameplate in Syria so far this year. 

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The war-stricken country sees its new car market crumble down 63% year-on-year over the first four months of 2016 to just 2.358 units. Korean manufacturers are the only ones maintaining significant activity in the country, with Hyundai down 57% to 60.6% share and Kia down 70% to 36% share. Nissan is up 14% but only sells 72 units while Subaru is down 25% to just 6 sales and Mazda has disappeared from the ranking. Model-wise, the Kia Frontier pick-up takes the lead thanks to sales down “just” 31% to 20.6%, whereas the Hyundai Elantra, leader in 2015, is down 87% to third place. Meanwhile, the Hyundai Tucson gains 46% thanks to the new model to land in 2nd place with 19.9% share vs. 5.1% a year ago.

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Syria Full Year 2015: Hyundai Elantra leads market down 43%

Hyundai Elantra Syria 2015Hyundai places the Elantra at #1 in Syria in 2015.

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Today we can share with you for the first time on BSCB complete annual data for Syria. This is exclusive to BSCB, you won’t find this data anywhere else. As the country is torn apart by a seemingly never-ending civil war that is now involving almost every power in the world, the part of the country still controlled by the government continues to communicate new car sales data, information that seems futile in such a devastating context. Understandably, the Syrian new car market is down 43% on a year ago to 14.065 new registrations in 2015.

Kia Frontier Syria 2015

The Kia Frontier is up 34% to 2nd place.

Only five carmakers continue to operate in the country – one less than in 2014 – the most successful being Hyundai albeit going from a gigantic 72.9% share a year ago to a more ‘reasonable’ 53.4% due to sales imploding at -58%. On the other hand, Kia is down just 2%, resulting in a much improved share going from 26.7% to 45.5%. All three other manufacturers (Nissan, Mazda and Subaru) sell less than 100 units each.

Nissan Sentra Syria 2015. Picture courtesy of motortrend.comThe Nissan Sentra is the best-selling non-Korean nameplate in Syria this year.

Over in the models ranking, from eight nameplates selling over 1.000 units in 2014 we are down to just four in 2015. The Hyundai Elantra holds onto the pole position despite sales down 51% to 3.025, holding an imposing 21.5% market share. The Kia Frontier manages to see its deliveries up 34% to #2 and the Sportage is up 58% to #3 but it’s all bad news below them: the Hyundai Tucson, Accent, i10 and Kia Sorento all fall apart. The Nissan Sentra – new to 2015 – is the best-selling non-Korean nameplate at #17 with a meagre 50 units sold.

Previous post: Syria 1st Quarter 2015: Hyundai Elantra, i10 and Kia Sportage lead

Previous year: Syria Full Year 2014: Hyundai tops market in crisis

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