By Andy Sambidge
Toyota says it delivered more than 158,000 units in first three months of the year
Japanese car giant Toyota has announced strong growth performance in the Gulf region, selling 158,223 units in the first quarter of 2013.
The company said the 23 percent sales increase resulted in the brand further consolidating its leadership in the Gulf markets with a 39.6 percent market share.
This first quarter growth in the GCC follows the record sales performance of Toyota last year when over 593,000 units were sold.
Nobuyuki Negishi, chief representative of Middle East & North Africa for the Toyota Motor Corporation, said: "Our impressive sales growth in the first quarter continues the strong momentum in sales at the close of 2012.
"With the confidence of our expanding customer base in Toyota's reliability and product quality and their implicit trust in our brand, I look forward to partnering with our dealers and our staff across the region to continue Toyota's success story."
Toyota's SUV product range sold particularly well in Q1 with the PRADO selling 18,443 units to post a 56 percent growth compared to Q1 2012.
Toyota added that the new look RAV4 sold 3,057 units for a 51 percent increase in sales during the same period.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.