Syria 2022. 4 Year Long Downfall Continues With Vehicle Market Losing 75.6%

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The 2022 Hyundai i20 N Line
The 2022 Hyundai i20 N Line

Syria’s vehicle market in 2022 totaled 478 sales, a 75.6% fall from 2021 and the 4th consecutive losing year. November posts the only growth of the yearM, with 100 new light vehicle registrations (+11.1%).

Market Trend and Outlook

The Syrian vehicle market in 2022 totaled 478 sales, a 75.6% fall from 2021 and the 4th consecutive losing year. In fact the only month to report a positive year-on-year variation is November, that grew 11.1% with 100 new light vehicle registrations.

The only brands to be sold in the country at the moment are Hyundai with 96.9% market share despite losing 66.9% in sales from 2021 and Kia down 97.3% with just 3.1% market share.

Medium-Term Market Trend

Not long ago Syria was the biggest car market in the Levant region. Only 10 years ago, with a volume of 87,500 annual sales, the Syrian new market represented a relevant reality within the region. Unfortunately, in this decade the country was destroyed by the civil war and terrorism and the entire economic structure collapsed, including the automotive industry.

Between 2010 and 2013 the market has lost more than half its sales a single year, with 2014 volumes at 23,955 units. The fall continued and the negative peak was hit in 2017 when the market lost 90% from 2010 at 7,978 units. In 2018 sales marginally recovered at near 10,000 units, but the data on 2019 was down again. In fact, total sales in 2019 were 8,347, down 15.8%.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, social and political instabilities in the country sales significantly decreased in  2020. In fact, sales have been 2,941, reporting a fall of 64.8% compared to 2019.

The downfall continued in 2021 with new light vehicle sales falling another 33.4% to 1,958.