The Motor Vehicles Importers Association reported that January saw a record in new car deliveries in Israel. Over 36,000 new vehicles with an aggregate value of NIS 3.25 billion, including taxes, were delivered to private and business customers.
The previous record in January 2015 was 34,000 deliveries. The deliveries are attributable to the new model effect, which leads many private and business customers to postpone their new vehicle purchases over the past three months of the year until January and February.
In December 2015, for example, deliveries were very low - in the vicinity of 10,000 units. The auto sector, however, believes that the importers' real orders backlog has grown substantially, and that the exceptional orders will persist into February and March, due to the waiting lists for some models, delivery of which will reach Israel only next month.
Like last year, deliveries of models in the luxury and premium car classes were outstandingly high – more than 5,000 units. 2015 experienced unprecedented annual sales record. More than 256,000 vehicles were sold in Israel in 2015, compared to 239,771 in 2014.
The best selling brand in Israel for 2015 was Kia, with over 34,000 vehicles sold – the first time the Korean carmaker achieved that status. Second place goes to fellow Korean carmaker Hyundai, followed by the Japanese car manufacturer Toyota.