Hyundai now among the top-selling brands in the GCC
Hyundai, one of the world’s fastest-growing automakers, has announced its best ever first-half year sales for the Middle East region. The company registered an increase of 13% in total sales compared to the first six months of 2011, selling 161,554 vehicles. But the sales numbers for each country are more interesting.
While Hyundai enjoyed increased sales in almost all of the GCC and Levant countries, Kuwait topped the charts with 127% growth. Bahrain experienced a massive 99% increase in sales, while the UAE saw sales shoot up by 77%, Qatar by 60% and Oman by 48%. With 56,118 cars leaving the showroom so far this year, Saudi Arabia remains Hyundai’s biggest market in the region, recording a 16% leap in sales. Among the Levant countries, Lebanon and Jordan also enjoyed strong starts to the year with sales up 32% and 31% respectively.
Hyundai is especially proud that the company’s luxury cars, the Centennial and the Genesis, have experience a combined 60% increase in sales, although these numbers do not mean much, since we already how few these cars are selling.
The truth is the Hyundai Accent sedan continues to be the company’s biggest-selling model across these countries, as sales are up 76% with 35,143 units being sold, partially helped by fleet sales.
We hear Hyundai is second only to Toyota in some of the GCC countries, while it is third in the UAE behind Nissan in terms of sales.
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