Of 53,700 vehicles listed for sale in 2017, Toyota has been rated the most popular, according to car marketplace Dubicars.com, with 23% of users searching for the Japanese brand.
Its desert-friendly Land Cruiser and smaller Prado proved most favoured among users.
Surprisingly, Mercedes-Benz was the only German manufacturer in the top five, commanding 12.4% of searches, despite advertising almost double the number of cars Toyota offers. The S-Class was the preferred model.
“The wide range of products and prices matching the market segment’s needs is the reason Mercedes is so favoured by residents of the UAE, along with the durability factor and the robust technological features, which German manufacturers are famous for,” said Dubicars sales director Ramy Mrad.
Nissan came in close at third place, with 11.2% of users seeking the Japanese brand’s Patrol and Patrol Safari the most. Lexus ranked fourth with 8.5% of searches, with the most popular model being the upscale LX 570.
Rounding out the top five is Hyundai, which caught 6.0% of search volumes. The Tucson SUV was heavily sought after due to its versatility. Though it is not deal for the desert, it is a cheaper alternative for school runs.
Dubicars also noted that Tesla, Aston Martin and Maserati saw significant growth over the 12 month period.
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