U.A.E. car market: a new record starting the 2013. Mitsubishi on fire!

In January 213, the light passenger vehicles U.A.E. market posted the 21th year-on-year increase in a string with 28.687 sales, up 26.7% from last year. For the rich Gulf market, the year started in the best possible way, pushed up by positive economic factors.

In 2012 the U.A.E. real GDP increased by 4.1%, with inflation rate at 1.1% and unemployment index at 2.2%. The country attracts workers from all the South East Asia with a population increase rate of 3.1% in the 2012, one of the highest worldwide. In this environment, the demand for vehicles will further increase in the next years and the competitions will welcome new comers, mainly from China, new models and more investments

Looking at the best brands performance in the last month:

Toyota started the new year as ended the old one: dominating. Sales were 9.643 (higher than in many Top European markets) with a share of 33.6%, up 2.7 points of share from the Q4 2012. Toyota placed 4 models in the Top 4.

Nissan in 2nd was almost stable selling 4.239 vehicles units with a share of 14.8%, up 0.3 points of share from the previous quarter. Nissan kept 5 models in the top 18, with the Patrol in 8th

Mitsubishi was last month’s main winner with 2.381 sales and a share of 8.3%, up 2.1 points of share from the previous quarter. The top model was the pick-up L200, soared in 6th place.

Hyundai kept a solid fourth position selling 1.912 units with a share of 6.7%, flat on December and up 0.7 points from the previous quarter. The best model was the Accent ranked 19th .

Ford was 5th with 1.195 units and a share of 4.2%, down 0.2 points from the previous quarter. Ford did not place a model in Top 25.

In the table below, the Top 20 Brands ranked by year-to-date position:

Rank

Brand

Jan

I Half

Q3

Q4

2.012

Jan

1

Toyota

9.643

34,3%

34,5%

30,9%

33,4%

33,6%

2

Nissan

4.239

14,5%

14,5%

14,5%

14,5%

14,8%

3

Mitsubishi

2.381

6,2%

5,8%

6,2%

6,1%

8,3%

4

Hyundai

1.912

6,4%

6,3%

6,0%

6,3%

6,7%

5

Ford

1.195

4,4%

3,7%

4,4%

4,2%

4,2%

6

Kia

1.108

4,0%

3,8%

3,1%

3,7%

3,9%

7

Fuso

1.078

4,0%

4,3%

5,2%

4,4%

3,8%

8

Bmw

955

3,2%

2,7%

2,7%

2,9%

3,3%

9

Honda

783

2,4%

3,1%

2,8%

2,7%

2,7%

10

Chevrolet

642

2,1%

2,8%

3,3%

2,6%

2,2%

11

Lexus

629

2,2%

2,4%

2,6%

2,3%

2,2%

12

Mercedes

525

1,9%

1,7%

2,0%

1,9%

1,8%

13

Volkswagen

436

1,5%

2,1%

2,0%

1,8%

1,5%

14

Audi

342

1,1%

1,1%

1,3%

1,2%

1,2%

15

Porsche

324

0,6%

0,7%

1,3%

0,8%

1,1%

16

Land Rover

248

1,0%

1,0%

1,0%

1,0%

0,9%

17

Renault

238

0,5%

0,8%

0,9%

0,7%

0,8%

18

Isuzu

230

0,8%

0,9%

0,9%

0,8%

0,8%

19

Mazda

211

0,7%

1,0%

0,9%

0,8%

0,7%

20

GMC

193

1,0%

1,0%

1,1%

1,0%

0,7%

Apart from the Top 4 positions where the traditional Toyota leadership was expressed by Corolla, Prado, Land Cruiser and Hilux a further positive result for the Japanese make came from the Camry, now in 11th position, up four places.

Fuso Carter had lost two spots landing in 5th, followed by a string Mitsubishi L200, up 3 spots, Nissan Patrol, flat in 7th and Mitsubishi Pajero, climbed in 8th from 14th.

In the table below the Top 25 models ranked for last month position:

Rank Jan

Rank Dec

Rank 2012

Model

Jan

I Half

Q3

Q4

2.012

Jan

1

2

3

Toyota Corolla

1.742

4,5%

3,7%

5,2%

4,5%

6,1%

2

5

4

Toyota Prado

1.453

4,6%

5,3%

3,2%

4,4%

5,1%

3

4

2

Toyota Land Cruiser

1.405

5,1%

4,3%

3,6%

4,5%

4,9%

4

1

1

Toyota Hilux

1.162

6,1%

7,9%

5,5%

6,4%

4,1%

5

3

5

Fuso Canter

1.010

3,6%

3,8%

4,6%

3,9%

3,5%

6

9

13

Mitsubishi L200

887

2,0%

1,8%

1,6%

1,8%

3,1%

7

7

8

Nissan Patrol

826

2,2%

1,8%

2,7%

2,2%

2,9%

8

14

16

Mitsubishi Pajero

826

1,7%

1,5%

1,9%

1,7%

2,9%

9

10

17

Nissan Sunny-N17

808

1,8%

0,9%

2,3%

1,7%

2,8%

10

6

9

Toyota Land Cruiser P/U

750

1,9%

2,1%

2,9%

2,2%

2,6%

11

15

6

Toyota Camry

728

3,1%

3,4%

2,5%

3,0%

2,5%

12

11

7

Toyota Yaris

627

2,6%

1,9%

2,1%

2,3%

2,2%

13

13

14

Nissan D22

620

1,7%

2,1%

1,8%

1,8%

2,2%

14

12

15

Toyota Hiace

546

1,8%

1,7%

1,8%

1,8%

1,9%

15

16

11

Nissan Altima

502

1,9%

2,5%

1,7%

2,0%

1,7%

16

8

12

Mitsubishi Lancer

501

1,8%

1,7%

2,2%

1,9%

1,7%

17

19

19

Honda Accord

408

1,2%

1,4%

1,3%

1,3%

1,4%

18

22

10

Nissan Tiida

389

2,3%

2,0%

1,6%

2,1%

1,4%

19

17

20

Hyundai Accent

380

1,3%

1,0%

1,3%

1,2%

1,3%

20

18

22

Hyundai Elantra

378

1,0%

1,1%

0,9%

1,0%

1,3%

21

21

18

Toyota Fortuner

345

1,6%

1,5%

1,4%

1,5%

1,2%

22

47

49

BMW X6

293

0,5%

0,5%

0,5%

0,5%

1,0%

23

20

33

Porsche Cayenne

263

0,4%

0,5%

1,0%

0,6%

0,9%

24

23

21

Lexus LX

259

1,2%

0,9%

1,1%

1,1%

0,9%

25

33

34

BMW 5 Series

248

0,6%

0,6%

0,5%

0,6%

0,9%

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

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