Slow start for Venezuelan car sales this year at 5,803 registrations, down 22%. Chevrolet holds no less than 51% of the market and places 4 models in the first 4 spots: the Chevrolet Aveo is #1 at 20.4%, followed by the Optra (12%), C-3500 pick-up (9.1%) and Spark (5%).
The first non-Chevrolet is the Mitsubishi Lancer at #5 (258 sales), and let’s also welcome back Fiat in the rankings with the Palio at #8 and 218 sales. It is believed Fiat was kept out of the Venezuelan market by import restrictions last year.
Full Top 20 Ranking Table below.
For its last month before the arrival of the FL restyled version, the Proton Saga reclaims the #1 spot with an impressive 13.6% market share. However it is still #2 year-to-date with 67,779 sales (12.8%) vs. 69,368 (13.1%) for the Perodua Myvi, #2 in November at 12.2%.
The Top 5 is 100% Malaysian again with the Perodua Viva, Proton Persona and Perodua Alza following. The Nissan Grand Livina is solid at #9 with 3.3%, the new Hyundai Sonata gains 9 spots at #24 and the Proton Inspira, a rebadged Mitsubishi Lancer, has its very first month of sales at #35 with 143 units, already ahead of the ‘original’ Mitsubishi (#46 with 89 sales).
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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.
The Sudanese car market is pretty straight forward to decipher as a few cars emerge clear winners. The Toyota Hilux is in all likeliness the best selling car in Sudan: the streets of Khartoum are filled with the pick-up in its Africa-specific stenciled delivery.
Hyundai is extremely strong in Sudan and should place 3 models in the Top 5: the Hyundai Atos, Accent Era and Getz are favorites of the Sudanese consumer. Other successful models include the Toyota Corolla, even though the last generation doesn’t seem to have had the success of the previous one, the Mitsubishi Lancer (old gen) and L200, and the Toyota Camry.
More commentaries, videos and street scenes below.
The Guatemalan car market is a relatively difficult one to approach as it seems to be quite fragmented. However, 3 models should stand out in the rankings: the Toyota Yaris Sedan, Toyota Hilux and Chevrolet Aveo.
Other strong sellers in Guatemala are the Mazda3, VW Polo, Mitsubishi Lancer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Mazda B-Series and Hyundai Atos (dedicated to taxis). The Mazda 323 sedan must have been #1 in the country a few years back judging by how many of them are still swarming the streets today. There is also an unusually high number of Volvos in the Guatemala City streets!
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Car sales in Qatar are pretty easy to decipher as a few models really stand out. The Toyota Land Cruiser is omnipresent in the streets of Doha and should secure no less than 15 to 20% of the Qatari market this year. In #2 we should see the Toyota Corolla around 10%, followed by the Toyota Camry.
The Nissan Tiida could rank 4th ahead of the old gen Mitsubishi Lancer. A bit below should sit the Toyota Hilux and Prado, Mitsubishi L200, Honda Civic and Nissan Altima. Although I am pretty confident about the Top 3, this is still only speculation based on the observation of recent YouTube videos of the streets of Doha. Please get in touch if you have more info!
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The Kuwaiti car market is similar to its neighbour’s, Saudi Arabia. 2 of the Top 3 likely best sellers are imported from Australia: The Toyota Camry should be the leader, and the Chevrolet Lumina (aka Holden Commodore) could be #3. The Toyota Hilux should come in 2nd.
Toyota is very strong in Kuwait with the Toyota Prado, Land Cruiser, Corolla and Yaris sedan also reasonably successful, as are the Chevrolet Tahoe, Mitsubishi Lancer old gen and Honda Accord. This speculation is based on the observation of the streets of Kuwait City through recent YouTube videos. If you have additional infomation, please make sure to get in touch!
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