If you were a tourist in Haiti or part of the emergency personnel flown to the island for the earthquake, then you may already know which cars are popular there (although it would have been the least of your worries!) so I suggest you go directly to my blog where I cover 154 other countries all around the planet. You will love it, I promise!
Right so the huge reconstruction effort the country has to go through means pick-ups, or work horses as they are sometimes called, are the favorite choice for anyone who has enough money to purchase a new vehicle. But which ones are the most successful?
Oh and for those who are not yet familiar with my methodology, here goes. When there is no official car sales data, as is the case for Haiti, I don’t despair. Far from it. I go and have a little chat with my old mate YouTube… It’s amazing the number of street videos of any random city people innocently upload on the internet! I focus on the most recent videos of the most important cities of any given country and after a couple of hours of research a pretty good picture of the best selling cars there starts to appear… Not perfect, but much better than nothing!
And the result of Haiti streets observation shows that as in neighboring Dominican Republic, Haitians seem to be fond of Nissan pick-ups, with the Nissan Frontier really really popular in its last few generations.
However it seems the Ford Ranger has taken the lead over the last 12 months in Haiti, with many of them roaming the streets of Port-au-Prince. Pick-ups are a great help in these troubled time as the main work tool for any reconstruction worker.
Aside from pick-ups, another Haitian car tradition seems to be buying lots of Suzuki/Chevrolet 4WD’s. The Chevrolet Vitara and Grand Vitara, sold under the Suzuki brand outside of South America, can be seen very frequently in the streets of Port-au-Prince.
4WDs are the logical choice in a country where previously paved roads are left with little maintenance and off-roading is more a necessity than a leisurely past-time… At that game Japanese and Korean models win: the Daihatsu Terios, Mazda Bt-50, Toyota Hilux, Hyundai Tucson and Mitsubishi L200 all seem to do well in Haiti.
However when it comes to decorating prizes, Isuzu vans seem to be the best bet! Where else but in ever-happy Haiti…
Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.