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Infiniti sees 5% Middle East sales growth

Japanese luxury car maker says more than 4,500 vehicles sold in region in 2011

Infiniti sees 5% Middle East sales growth
The new Infiniti FX Sebastian Vettel Edition is presented at the international car show in Frankfurt. (AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese luxury automaker Infiniti said on Wednesday that its Middle East sales grew by just over five percent in 2011 compared to the previous year despite the impact of the tsunami last March.

A total of 4,569 vehicles were sold in the region, with the M37/56 sedans showing gains of 175 percent, the company said in a statement, while the G37 convertible also rose 54 percent.

Along with strong performance in established markets, Infiniti said its expansion into the Kingdom of Jordan had proved a success.

Leading the region was Azerbaijan, which posted an extremely sales growth of 131 percent over 2010, followed by Bahrain at 81 percent, Kuwait at 76 percent, and Oman at 29 percent.

Dubai and the Northern Emirates also posted positive growth of 19 percent, while Lebanon showed growth of 15 percent.

The FX35/50 remained Infiniti's best selling model with a total of 1,699 units sold across the region in 2011.

Jurgen Schmitz, general manager, Infiniti Business Unit in the Middle East, said: "We're extremely happy that we've been able to deliver such good numbers in what was a difficult year, due to the earthquake in Japan in March 2011.

"We've been present in the GCC for eight years now, and everything is falling into place to massively increase our market and build towards Infiniti's mid-term plan target to grow to 10 percent of the global market share among luxury brand segments by 2016."

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