After a very strong showing by the Hyundai Tucson IX late last year, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the title of best selling vehicle in Panama over the first 3 months of 2011 with 693 sales, 127 units above the Tucson.
The Hyundai Accent GL is stable in 3rd place, the Nissan Navara is up 4 spots at #4 with 386 sales, same as the Toyota RAV4, #5 with 383 sales. The Hyundai Elantra reappears in the Top 10 at #7.
Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
No surprises in Thailand: the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in the country with 144,190 sales, ahead of the Isuzu D-Max at 133,766. Both pick-ups add up to nearly 278,000 registrations, or around 35% of the total Thai car market!
The Toyota Vios is the best-selling passenger car at 67k units, followed by the Honda City at 49k units and the Toyota Corolla Altis at 38k. Being the world’s pick-up heaven, the Thai market had to have two more of those in the Top 10: the Nissan Frontier at #7 (23,844 sales) and the Mitsubishi Triton at #9 (20,344).
Two new models climb into the Top 10 this year in Thailand: the Mazda2 is 8th with 22,537 sales, and the Nissan March is #10 at 18,367. Many thanks to Chips Yap from Motor Trader Malaysia for sharing the figures! Full Top 10 Ranking Table below.
The most recent official data I could gather for Dominican Republic car sales dates back to 2005 (details below the jump), so a few things have changed since then.
One thing is certain, there is a history of high sales for the affordable Nissan pick up of the moment, and if in 2005 the 90’s Nissan Pick-up was leader, in 2010 it looks like the Nissan Frontier (aka NP300) has taken the title of best-selling vehicle in the Dominican Republic.
Other very successful models include the Honda CR-V, Toyota Hilux, 4Runner & Yaris, and interestingly the high-end Nissan Murano.
A couple of great Street videos featuring local music are below.
As in neighbouring Dominican Republic, Haitians seem to be fond of Nissan pick-ups, with the Nissan Frontier really successful. However its seems the Ford Ranger has taken the lead in this troubled year 2010 in Haiti. Pick-ups are a great help in the huge reconstruction effort the country has to go through after the dramatic earthquake of February 2010.
Another Haitian car tradition is Suzuki/Chevrolet 4WD’s: the Chevrolet Vitara and Grand Vitara can be seen frequently in the streets of Port-au-Prince. Other successful models include the Daihatsu Terios, Mazda Bt-50, Toyota Hilux, Hyundai Tucson, Chevrolet Luv D-Max and Mitsubishi L200.
Street scenes and street videos below.
Videos of the streets of San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, reveal that in all likeliness the Toyota Hilux is the best selling car in the country. Salvadoreans are very fond of pick-ups: the Mazda BT-50, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Frontier are also very popular.
Other successful models in El Salvador include the Toyota Yaris, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda CR-V, Hyundai Getz, Kia Picanto and Toyota Corolla.
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There is very little material available to estimate car sales in Honduras. My bet is on the Mitsubishi L200 to be the best-selling vehicle in Honduras in 2010, with the Nissan Frontier, Toyota Hilux and Toyota Corolla also popular.
This speculation is based on the observation of recent YouTube videos of the streets of the country. Please do get in touch if you have more info about car sales in Honduras.
Liberia is still in the midst of recovering from the long civic war that tore the country apart, so understandably priority is not given to cars in this context. About half of all cars in circulation in the streets of the capital Monrovia are old gen Nissan Sunnys, mainly as taxis.
Nissan indeed largely dominate the car landscape in Liberia, with the Frontier and Patrol also very popular, but ss far as new cars are concerned it should be a different story. My bet is going on the Toyota Hilux as the best selling vehicle in liberia in 2010, ahead of the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 favored by NGO’s.
More street scenes and street video below.