By on October 3, 2011

Over the last few weeks we have visited BangladeshVenezuela, the USA in 1986 and Cambodia. May I interest you in a little trip back to the Americas this week to Panama?

No? OK fine, if you don’t want to go there, I’ve prepared 155 other countries for you to visit in my blog, and I can tell you it is muy bien, so click away!

The interesting thing about car sales in Panama is the way Hyundai is progressively establishing itself as the ‘go-to’ brand there, with 3 models in the Top 4 so far this year…

But first to the pole position: as it was the case in 2010, the Toyota Hilux is the best-selling model in Panama over the first 8 months of 2011 with 1,981 sales.

You may be surprised to learn that Panama is only one of 28 countries in the world where the Hilux is atop the ranking… Yes 28! No other car does better, and you can see the full list here.

Weekly bit of trivia: tick!

Below the Toyota Hilux is a full Hyundai armada:

The new generation Hyundai Accent is #2 with 1,733 sales, it was even #1 between May and July!

Down from #2 in 2010, the Hyundai Tucson IX (aka Hyundai ix35) ranks #3 in the 2011 year-to-date ranking at 1,632 units…

… and the new generation Hyundai Elantra is #4 with 1,098 sales but is up to #2 in August at 256 units.

As I said earlier, that’s 3 Hyundais in the Top 4 and by far Hyundai’s best year ever in the country. In fact, last October Hyundai sold the biggest amount of cars in a single month by any brand in Panama, with 1,409 models sold.

Further down in the ranking you will find the Toyota RAV4, Nissan Frontier…

…Kia Rio, Nissan Tiida and Nissan Navara.

The best-selling models in Panama over 8 months 2011:

Pos Model 8m 2011 August Pos 2010 2010
1 Toyota Hilux 1,981 307 1 2,322 1
2 Hyundai Accent GL 1,733 92 7 1,786 3
3 Hyundai Tucson IX 1,632 204 3 2,046 2
4 Hyundai Elantra 1,098 256 2  -  -
5 Toyota RAV4 974 110 6 943 9
6 Nissan Frontier 895 126 4 976 8
7 Kia Rio 809 86 8  -  -
8 Nissan Tiida 726 110 5  -
9 Nissan Navara 709 53 11 917 10
10 Kia Sportage 700 80 9 1,111 5
10 Honda CR-V 700 56 10 1,029 7

Figures are sourced from the Registro Único Vehicular.

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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