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 Perodua Myvi finishes the year on a high at 8,289 sales and 15.6% share in December, bringing its 2010 total to 77,657 sales and 13.3% of the Malaysian market and making it the best-selling car in Malaysia for the 5th consecutive year in spite of a 14% drop over 2009 in a total market up 13% at 582,714 registrations.
The Proton Saga takes the 2nd spot like in 2009 with 72,303 sales (12.4%), ahead of the Perodua Viva at 69,048 sales (11.8%) and the Proton Persona at 44,391 sales (7.6%). The Perodua Alza is the only new entrant in the yearly Top 10 in 5th with 41,933 sales (7.2%). The Toyota Vios is still the best-selling non national model at #6 with 33,674 sales.
Link to the Top 50 Ranking Table and exclusive rankings for Eastern Malaysia below.
Observation in person during my stay in Laos 5 years ago and through YouTube videos of the streets of Vientiane indicate the Toyota Hilux dominates the car sales in Laos, with even more authority than in neighbouring Thailand where it is built. The Isuzu D-Max is possibly #2.
As far as passenger vehicles are concerned, Korean models seem to be all the rage with the Kia Cerato Forte, Kia Picanto, Hyundai Elantra, Getz & i30 very common. More recent observation by my dear Mum and Dad during their stay in Luang Prabang in January 2011 seem to indicate that Chinese models are starting to be quite successful in the country.
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Thai car sales continue their fantastic run this year, up 50% over the first 10 months 2010 at 628,361. The Toyota Hilux and Isuzu D-Max are still distant leaders with 112,225 and 105,604 sales respectively, followed by the Toyota Vios (53,220), Honda City (37,859) and Toyota Corolla Altis, the most dynamic of the 3 passenger cars at +45% (29,617 sales).
Access to 8- & 10-months 2010 cumulative figures allow the isolation of a September/October 2010 ranking in which the Hilux and D-Max are much closer at 16.7 and 16.2% share respectively, the Vios is very strong at 9.6% in 3rd, and the new locally-produced Nissan March (Micra) jumps up to 6th with 5,057 sales and 3.6%, just ahead of the Honda Civic.
Many thanks to my dear Mum and Dad who uncovered these figures in the ‘Formula’ car magazine during their stay in Thailand in January 2011.
Top 35 September-October 2010 and 10 months 2010: click on ‘Read more’ below.
The Namibian car market appears to be very similar to the South African one. The Toyota Hilux should lead the sales by far, ahead of the VW Polo Vivo (the sedan is clearly preferred here), Opel Corsa KB and Toyota Yaris. The Isuzu KB, Nissan Hardbody and Toyota Corolla are also successful.
This speculation is based on the observation of the streets of the capital Windhoek through recent YouTube videos. Please get in touch if you have more info about the Namibian car market.
More street scenes and street videos below.
The Gabonese market is down 2% over the first semester 2010 with 2,147 sales, its lowest level in 10 years. The most recent data by brands is for 2009 when the market fell by 7.5% at 4,638 sales. Toyota was 1st with 31.3% of the market, followed by Mitsubishi (18.7%), Nissan (8.8%), Mazda (5.9%) and Hyundai (5.5%).
Cross-checking this data with the most recent data by category in 2006 (4WD 62%, passenger cars 18% and light commercial 7%) and the observation of the streets of Libreville on YouTube, it is fair to assume that the Toyota Hilux is leading the car sales in Gabon, possibly ahead of the Mitsubishi L200.
Other successful models include the Toyota Prado, Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Yaris, Dacia Logan, Mitsubishi Lancer & Pajero, Daihatsu BeGo and Toyota RAV4.
Street Scenes and Street Video below.
Toyota owns the Kenyan car market with at least 1 in every 2 cars a former generation of Corolla, Camry, Yaris, RAV4 or Land Cruiser. Among other brands only the Nissan Sunny can claim a similar influence of the motoring landscape.
New cars are still very rare in the streets of Nairobi but given the country’s sales background, in all likeliness the Toyota Corolla should lead the Kenyan sales in 2010, ahead of the Yaris and RAV4. Other successful models are the Mitsubishi L200, Nissan 1 Ton pick-up (aka Frontier old gen), Isuzu KB (aka D-Max), Subaru Forester, Suzuki Grand Vitara and VW Passat.
Videos and street scenes below.