Toyota posts 10% rise in H1 Gulf sales

Japanese car giant Toyota has announced that sales in the Gulf region increased by 10 percent in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

Toyota said in a statement that it sold a total of 310,761 units in the region during the first six months of this year.

In the SUV category, Toyota's sales during the same period grew by 15 percent year-on-year with 123,737 units sold in the Gulf region.

The Land Cruiser continued to lead the segment in the Gulf region with 35,634 unit sales, the statement said.

Toyota also said sales in the Levant and Yemen showed 39 percent growth.

Nobuyuki Negishi, chief representative of Middle East & North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation, said: "The steady growth in sales that Toyota has achieved in the first half of 2013 as compared to last year augurs well for the future growth of our company and serves as a testament of product and brand appreciation from our valuable customers.

"With our in-depth knowledge and understanding of the ever-changing regional market and customer needs, Toyota will continue to delight customers across the region who have placed their trust in our brand with our superior product value proposition backed by our superb after-sales service."

The Corolla, one of Toyota's best-selling models, sold 44,114 units in the GCC during H1 to post a 22 percent growth in sales, the car maker added.

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