By on August 26, 2011

Over the last few weeks we have traveled to HaitiMongoliaIsrael and Botswana. Given it is the middle of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought this weekend we could stop in sunny Malta…

If you’re more interested in Maltese terriers, then you are on the wrong website… OK fine, this might be yet another country dominated by Toyota so if you have had enough that’s OK, I thought that could happen and have prepared info about car sales in 155 additional countries that you can explore in my blog, so click away!

No official sales figures for Malta but you know me, that’s not enough to discourage me…

Thanks to recent YouTube videos of the streets of this island-country, I have managed to establish a rough picture of the car market in Malta…

First a bit of geography just in case, I have to admit before I launched into a thorough exploration of the best-selling cars around the globe I wasn’t quite sure where Malta was. Thank God for Wikipedia! So this country is composed of two islands and located half-way between Tunisia and Italy in the Mediterranean sea.

Right. This actually helps understand the composition of the Maltese car market, influenced by both Italy and Greece, not that far off either. Looking at as many videos as I could on YouTube I came to the conclusion that the Toyota Yaris should top car sales in the country. The two previous generations of the model are very common in the streets so the new generation will in all likeliness be a hit too. Plus I can imagine it’s a rental car favorite which can only help its sales.

The other popular cars in Malta all belong to the small car category: pretenders to a spot on the Maltese podium are the Hyundai Getz…

Fiat Grande Punto…

and Peugeot 207.

The previous generations of VW Polo…

…and Ford Fiesta also seem to have been pretty successful in the island so we can assume that the new generations should receive the same treatment.

Let’s also note the dynamism of Nissan with the Qashqai and the Juke, apparently very well received in Malta…

and of Suzuki with the Alto likely to be well placed too.

This very rough speculation is based on the observation of recent YouTube videos of the streets of the country. If you have any more info about Malta’s best-selling cars, please make sure to get in touch!

Matt Gasnier, based in Sydney, Australia, runs a blog named Best Selling Cars, dedicated to counting cars all over the world.

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10 Comments on “Best Selling Cars Around The Globe: Malta: Sun, Beach and Yaris...”


  • avatar
    BuzzDog

    Thanks for an interesting piece.

    My grandfather came to the United States from Malta, and there’s very little information about this beautiful (albeit tiny) country, let alone anything on its automobiles.

    Not surprisingly, few Americans have heard of Malta…and it gets old explaining that yes, my last name is Maltese, and no, I’m not related to the breed of dog…

  • avatar
    Joss

    Malta – heck ain’t that some tiny speck of a Med place? Blink and you’d miss it on the GPS. Hardly an island the size of Australia. They starved during the war and only had 3 WWI biplanes to guard them from the Luft.

    Lots of short trips -slopes- to go up and down and around on, from the home to the office to the mall. Not a bicycle place – I mean not for heavy Dutch bikes that aren’t designed for pedaling upgrades. You know those pricey cargo bikes NA yuppies flock to, only to discover a bitter truth – there ain’t no friggin hills in the Netherlands. Seems the Malta folk have learned Toyota is less problematic than Fiat, Renault or VW.

  • avatar
    JayDub

    As a Maltese American who frequents this website all too often, I had too laugh. That float video freaked me out.

  • avatar
    smithjaide

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  • avatar
    HerrKaLeun

    I’m surprised they don’t have official statistics. They are a EU member and even have the Euro. So you’d expect more statistical trade data.

    Their longest bus route crossing the entire island is 30 minutes. I spent 4 weeks there going literally everywhere without a car. And judging by the way they drive (on the left in addition) I would not want to drive there. You can live there without a car if you are willing to walk a tiny bit.

    their youth had a habit to park the car by the sea (mostly cliffs, very few beaches) and spend hours sitting in the car. Do you like the car so much that even by the sea you have to be in it?

  • avatar
    jmarmara

    As a 1st generation Maltese-American, I was so excited to see this post! My parents came to America from Malta in the early 80’s. I have been back there a few times, and it really is a beautiful place. Not somewhere where I would want to drive, but walking is fine since it’s not very large. It’s actually three main islands. Comino (the island in the middle) has a hotel on it, and a farm. I don’t think there are any major public roads on it. Fun place to visit for sure. Thanks for your insight, it sounds accurate. They do love their Maruti vans though…


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