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Iran 2010: Peugeot 405 should top the market

Saipa Tiba Iran is the biggest car market in the Middle-East with an estimated 1 million+ cars sold each year. Two main manufacturers share the market: Iran Khodro (IKCO) and Saipa. Saipa has launched the new Tiba, destined to become the brand's biggest seller: 15,000 units were built in 2009…

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Yemen 2010: Hilux and Yaris Sedan in command

Toyota Yaris in Yemeni street There are no official car sales figures available for Yemen, so I relied on observation of the main Yemeni cities' streets through YouTube videos. They show that in all likeliness, the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Yemen, followed by the Toyota Yaris Sedan.…

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Lebanon January-September 2010: Koreans up 87%!

The Lebanese car market is doing well in 2010 with 25,565 cars sold in the first 9 months, a 5% increase on '09. Japanese cars account for 39.2% of total sales (down 15%), Korean cars for 30.8% (up 87%!) and European 23.3%. The Association of Automobile Importers in Lebanon released…

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Oman: Toyota ahead

Observation of the streets of Muscat through YouTube videos, show clearly enough that the Toyota Yaris sedan dominates the Omani car market, ahead of the Toyota Corolla. Other successful models are the Hyundai Elantra, Kia Cerato, Toyota Land Cruiser and Kia Picanto. Please get in touch if you have any…

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United Arab Emirates: Land Cruiser an icon

The latest official data I could get my hands on dates back to 2003 and was limited to Abu Dhabi. The Toyota Land Cruiser was leading the way then ahead of the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sunny, Nissan Patrol and Mitsubishi Lancer. Observation in Abu Dhabi and Dubai during my last…

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Canada October 2010: F-Series & Caravan post strong growths

Thanks to our friend Bart D at, and, we finally have up-to-date figures for the Canadian market, in reasonably good shape in 2010 at +1% in October (123,310 sales) and +7% Year-to-date with 1,330,658 registrations. The Ford F-Series is very impressive in #1 with a 24% growth over '09 at…

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Cambodia: Camry potential best-seller

* Click on the title for many more street scenes! * Based on observation of the streets of Phnom Penh through YouTube videos, the Toyota Camry is in all likeliness the best-selling car in Cambodia, and could have been so for many years given the number of different generations still…

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Bhutan 2009

Thimphu street Observation of the streets of the capital Thimphu through YouTube videos indicate a Bhutanese market very similar to its neighbour India: out of 3,168 imported cars in 2009, 42% were Marutis and 31% Hyundais. The Maruti Alto, Hyundai Santro and Hyundai i10 look like the best-sellers in Bhutan.…

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Myanmar: More information needed

* Click on title for more pictures! * Observation of the streets of Yangon through YouTube videos bring to light a particular situation in the Myanmar car market: very high import taxes make new cars an out of reach prospect for most consumers, and in this context, the 1992 Toyota…

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