What is the best selling car in the Middle East?
Whether you are from the Middle East, have been there or have just heard about it, you will probably know that the love of the SUV is very strong and has been for years. I remember 12 years ago there were loads. In fact, we had 2 as family cars and they were fantastic.
So, it will come as no surprise to you when I tell you that the top 3 best selling cars in the Middle East are SUV's.
1. Nissan Patrol
The Nissan Patrol has been the best selling car in the Middle East for as long as I can remember. The locals absolutely adore these things and it's easy to see why. They have great tunability. In fact, due to the love of the old shape so much, Nissan have continued to manufacture the early 2000s shape just for the MENA region. I'm sure you will remember the Top Gear episode where Hammond raced a tuned Patrol in a 918 Spyder.
2. Mitsubishi Pajero
In second place is the Mitsubishi Pajero (also known as the Shogun in other markets) and we actually had two of these! A 90s one and a more recent one and I can see why they make second place. Admittedly, the older one had a brief gearbox issue but it was old so that's fine! They are overall very solid cars and relatively affordable.
3. Toyota Land Cruiser
Honestly, I am surprised this isn't top. This is probably one of the most common cars in Dubai and my favourite on this list. Not only is it cheap to run, maintain and buy but it also comes with great options and capabilities. In fact, these are the cars they use for the Desert safaris and dune bashing. I spoke to the companies and they use the manual one as it is then the ultimate vehicle off road. There isn't a person I know in the UAE who hasn't owned one of these at some point.
Considering the amount of supercars you see on social media, they aren't the best selling cars in the Middle East by any means. The others are in fact the Nissan Sunny, Toyota Camry, Mitsubishi Lancer EX, Toyota Hilux, Toyota Prado, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Nissan Kicks and Range Rover's.
But yes, there are lots of supercars knocking around too.
Is this what you expected?
If not, let me know in the comments!