Kuwait 2017. Auto sales at third consecutive decline

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Kuwait Auto Market
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Kuwait Auto Market in 2017 lost for the third year in a string suffering for low oil production and politically instability. The lost of 7.8% was marginally mitigated by year-end rush, before VAT introduction. Toyota is market leader ahead of Mitsubishi and Nissan.

Kuwait’s economy, which has suffered from weaker oil production this year, faces political instability as the year draws to a close. Economy remains in a fragile state, and the weak fiscal position will not be improved by the recent announcement that VAT will be implemented significantly behind schedule due to a lack of technical and logistical preparedness.

Growth remains hampered by recently extended OPEC production cuts, although encouragingly the non-oil sector is in better shape; non-oil exports rose sharply year-on-year in Q3. The trade balance also improved in the quarter.

Kuwait vehicles market hit the all-time record in the 2014 with 162.719 sales ending a long positive path. Then, the sudden economic crisis generated by the fall of oil price hit the sector with sales declined for three consecutive years.

According to data reported by the Kuwaiti Authority for Transportation in the 2017 light vehicles sales have been 106.913, down 7.8% from the previous year.

Brand-wise, the leader Toyota has lost 22.4% of volume while Mitsubishi advanced in second growing 19.9%, overtaking Nissan (-15.6%).

Tables with sales figures

In the tables below we report sales for Top Brands

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