A shipment of Geely vehicles leaves China for Israel (Photo: Geely)
For more than 40 years, this place has been listed as a taboo in the name of the Japanese, from the days of the Subaru DL to the Mitsubishi Super Lancer, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla.
There were a few Koreans that disturbed the order, such as the Kia Picanto and the Hyundai Ioniq, and once also a single European car, the Ford Focus.
But as revealed in Vala, the best-selling car in Israel in January 2023 was Chinese, the electric BYD Eto 3, and it is doubtful that there is a non-Chinese car that threatens the leadership of the crossover that was launched in Israel less than six months ago.
A Walla inspection reveals that four of the best-selling cars in January were Chinese, the oldest of which has been sold here for about a year and a half, which indicates the rapid change the local market is undergoing.
Besides the Hato 3, of which 2,900 units were delivered in January, you can find the EHS MG Plug-in in sixth place, with 1,210 units, and in seventh place the electric Geely Geometry C with 1,200 units.
Chery Tigo 8, a 7-seater Jeep with a gasoline engine is in eighth place, with 1,100 units.
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Four Chinese, four South Korean and two Japanese.
And yet when you check where the cars were made and delivered in January, China leads the list for the first time, with 7,753 cars, compared to 7,393 from South Korea and 7,251 from Japan.
However, the numbers do not tell the whole story here: the Chinese manufacturers still rarely produce abroad, like the Japanese in the 1970s, so a Chinese car really comes from China. The Koreans and Japanese already produce most of their cars for the world market outside of Japan, so they were sold in Israel Many more Korean and Japanese cars than are listed here, only they were produced in Turkey, Thailand, Czech Republic, France and even India.
Later this year, Geely is expected to speed up the pace of imports, and as early as tomorrow morning another Chinese will be launched to compete with the Ora Funky Cat.
In the coming weeks, the MG4 will also be launched, which should also cost the same as gasoline equivalents, and BYD will launch a large and relatively cheap electric super mini.
All of these, with a price range of NIS 130-165 thousand, have a chance to challenge the Hato 3 at the top of the sales chart.
In the coming months, Toyota will launch a facelift for the hybrid Corolla, but the one that was the self-evident sales queen in recent years, as in the world, will find itself lagging behind the Chinese in our country.
This situation could change in 2024, if the new government does not postpone the next step of raising the purchase tax on electric vehicles, from 20% to 35%, but 2023 will be the year of the Chinese.
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Ora Funky Cat.
Will be launched tomorrow with the potential to become a bestseller (photo: manufacturer's website)
The ten best sellers in January
1. BYD Auto 3 (2,900)
2. Mazda 2 (2,500)
3. Hyundai Tucson (1,550)
4. Hyundai i10 (with 1,500)
5. Hyundai i20 (with 1,270)
6. MG EHS (with 1,210)
7. Kia Niro (1,200)
8. Geely Geometric C (with 1,190)
9. Chery Tigo 8 (1,100)
10. Mitsubishi Outlander (1,030)
in yellow: the Chinese models