Kuwait car market rose 13% in first half 2013.Chrysler sales boomed by 300C success.

Kuwait is one of the more attractive autos markets of the Gulf region. In 2012 the sales increased by 35.4% and, accordingly with local experts, the growth was driven by strong fleet sales, mainly in the leasing segment.

Accordingly with data collected by focus2move through local operators and press, in June 2013 the light passenger vehicles sold in Kuwait were 11.029, up 3.5%. First half sales were 75.296, up 13.6% from last year, the best ever half for this market.

Focus2move projects for the entire year a new all-time record, the 4th in a row, with total volume above 150.000 units, a really significant level for such a small country.

Looking at the best brands performance:

Toyota, which dominated the market since years, confirmed market leadership in first half 2013 as well, selling 23.006 units with a share of 30.6%, slightly down from 2012 (-0.6%). In June the Japanese carmaker’s sales were flat with a share of 31.1% and 3.426 units. Toyota held 6 models in the top 10 ranking, with Prado market leader.

Nissan was 2nd both in June and in first half, with 11.134 sales and a share of 14.8% (in first half), up 2.9 points from 2012. In June Nissan sold 1.189 vehicles, with a share of 10.8%, shown a decline from first half by 4 points of share. The best-selling model was the D22 in 3rd position.

Kia, in 3rd place (4th Ytd), sold 800 vehicles in June with a share of 7.3%, up 0.9 points. In the first six months 2013 the share declined by 0.3 points from 2012 and the vehicles sold were 4.815. The Optima was 14th.

Chevrolet in 4th place (5th Ytd), in June sold 721 units with a share of 6.5%, and up 0.3 points of share from first half. The cumulate sales in first half shown a declined by 2.2% from 2012. The top model was the Tahoe in 10th position.

Hyundai was 5th (3rd Ytd) selling 686 units with a share of 6.2% in June. First half’s sales were 6.196 with a share of 8.2%, up 0.4 points from 2012. The best-selling model was the Tucson in 13th position.

Mitsubishi was 6th, selling 678 units with a share of 6.1% in June and 4.053 with a share of 5.4% in the first half. The best-selling model was the Lancer in 8th position.

Ford was 7th, with 408 vehicles and a share of 3.7% in June, up 0.2 points from the first half, in which the sales were 2.463 with a share of 3.5%, down 1.4 points from 2012. The Taurus was 15th.

Chrysler surged in 8th place in the month and in 10th in the half. In June it sold 345 units with a share of 3.1%, 0.6 points better than in first half, when sales were 1.895 with a share of 2.5%, up 2.3 points from 2012. The top model was the 300C, landed in 5th position.

In the table below, the Top 15 Brands ranked for year to date position:

Rank Jun

Rank 2013

Brand

Jun

I Half ’13

FY 2012

Jun 2013

I Half 2013

1

1

Toyota

3.426

23.006

31,2%

31,1%

30,6%

2

2

Nissan

1.189

11.134

11,9%

10,8%

14,8%

3

4

Kia

800

4.815

7,0%

7,3%

6,4%

4

5

Chevrolet

721

4.661

8,4%

6,5%

6,2%

5

3

Hyundai

686

6.196

7,8%

6,2%

8,2%

6

6

Mitsubishi

678

4.053

5,7%

6,1%

5,4%

7

7

Ford

408

2.643

4,9%

3,7%

3,5%

8

10

Chrysler

345

1.895

0,2%

3,1%

2,5%

9

9

BMW

338

2.028

2,2%

3,1%

2,7%

10

12

Volkswagen

309

1.774

1,9%

2,8%

2,4%

11

8

Lexus

283

2.182

2,7%

2,6%

2,9%

12

11

GMC

265

1.930

3,4%

2,4%

2,6%

13

15

Mazda

241

816

0,9%

2,2%

1,1%

14

13

Honda

221

968

2,0%

2,0%

1,3%

15

17

Land Rover

161

681

0,7%

1,5%

0,9%

Looking at the best models, Toyota Prado was the market leader selling 1.017 in June with a share of 9.2%. The cumulate sales were 8.027 with a share of 10.7%, up 1.7 points of share from 2012.

Toyota Hilux was 2nd selling 451 in June (4.1% of share) and 3.707 in first half with a share of 4.9%, down 0.6 points from 2012, followed by the Nissan D22 in 3rd (8th in 2012) with 438 sales in June (with a share of 3.8%) and 3.422 sales in the first half with a share of 4.5%, up 2.4 points from 2012.

Toyota Corolla was 4th in June with 424 sales and 2.203 in the first half, gaining 0.5 points of share from 2012, followed by Chrysler 300C, with 342 sales in June and 1.890 in first half, with a share of 2.5%.

In the table below, the Top 25 models, ranked by year to date position:

Rank Jun

Rank 2012

Rank 2013

Model

Jun

I Half 2013

FY 2012

Jun 2013

I Half 2013

1

2

1

Toyota Prado

1.017

8.027

9,0%

9,2%

10,7%

2

3

2

Toyota Hilux

451

3.707

5,5%

4,1%

4,9%

3

8

3

Nissan D22

438

3.422

2,1%

4,0%

4,5%

4

6

4

Toyota Corolla

424

2.203

2,4%

3,8%

2,9%

5

11

9

Chrysler 300C

342

1.890

0,0%

3,1%

2,5%

6

4

6

Toyota Camry

326

2.100

3,5%

3,0%

2,8%

7

5

8

Toyota Land Cruiser

238

1.930

2,8%

2,2%

2,6%

8

19

14

Mitsubishi Lancer

218

1.179

1,1%

2,0%

1,6%

9

44

23

Toyota Fortuner

203

765

0,6%

1,8%

1,0%

10

7

13

Chevrolet Tahoe

194

1.247

2,1%

1,8%

1,7%

11

10

11

Mitsubishi Pajero

192

1.321

1,7%

1,7%

1,8%

12

16

18

Chevrolet Silverado

181

915

1,4%

1,6%

1,2%

13

15

15

Hyundai Tucson

173

1.095

1,4%

1,6%

1,5%

14

28

20

Kia Optima

167

850

0,9%

1,5%

1,1%

15

49

45

Ford Taurus

157

425

0,5%

1,4%

0,6%

16

14

22

GMC Sierra

149

776

1,4%

1,4%

1,0%

17

20

12

Hyundai Elantra

148

1.289

1,1%

1,3%

1,7%

18

56

36

Toyota Coaster

140

511

0,0%

1,3%

0,7%

19

42

19

Lexus ES

137

875

0,7%

1,2%

1,2%

20

87

63

Nissan Navara

135

279

0,0%

1,2%

0,4%

21

23

40

Honda Accord

131

490

1,1%

1,2%

0,7%

22

38

31

Volkswagen Touareg

128

593

0,7%

1,2%

0,8%

23

12

5

Nissan Patrol

124

2.142

1,6%

1,1%

2,8%

24

30

29

Toyota Aurion

113

620

0,8%

1,0%

0,8%

25

17

24

Dodge Charger

112

762

1,2%

1,0%

1,0%

The above table was elaborated by focus2move.com sourcing local manufacturers and www.bestsellingcarsblog.com.

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