55% of Nigerians demand for saloon cars, says report

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A new report by Carmudi, an online marketplace for cars has revealed that 55 percent of Nigerians prefer to buy salon cars. Thus, the report urged local manufacturers to concentrate on the production of saloon cars to drive automobile sales in and outside Nigeria. The report claimed that 55 percent of these people searching online for saloon cars, especially the Sedan. This has prompted Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing , a local car manufacturer to key into the trend and manufactured about 500 cars last year, a good number of which included the Uma Sedan in response to the demand for this brand of cars. For neigbouring countries like Ghana, things look slightly different where 41% of searchers are browsing for SUVs compared to the 35% that are browsing for sedans. Recent statistics show that sales of SUVs outside North America will surge 40% in the next four years, particularly in Asia. Carmudi data revealed that car buyers in Asia browsed most for sedans, particularly in Myanmar (59%), Sri Lanka (57%), Bangladesh (51%), Pakistan (50%), and Indonesia (38%). While it is unlikely that motorists in Asia will completely turn their backs on sedans, the slow but apparent shift towards SUVs is taking place, notably in the Philippines, where 25% of Carmudi visitors are browsing for SUVs, compared with 19% of users browsing for sedans. In 2014, for the first time ever, sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) and crossover vehicles (CUVs) surpassed sedans in the United States, accounting for 36.5% of the new vehicle market. For decades, the traditional four-door sedan has dominated global roadways, but the gap has narrowed for years in the West. Carmudi analyzed data based on thousands of listings in the last quarter to understand if the same trend will be seen globally and in Nigeria. The Middle East is close to the sedan to SUV tipping point, that was seen in the US only a few years ago. In the UAE, 39% of car buyers browsed sedans, compared to 33% of users who browsed large-size vehicles such as the estate, crossover, SUV and vans or minibuses. In Qatar, almost 40% of car buyers browsed for sedans, while 37% browsed for large-size vehicles. Saudi Arabia is leading the SUV charge with 37% of users browsing for SUVs, compared to 30% interested in sedans.

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