Toyota, Hyundai Dominate Saudi Auto Market Opening Up to Women

Saudi Arabia Lifts Ban on Women Drivers

Two Asian automakers together make up more than half of the vehicle market in Saudi Arabia, which is ending a ban on women driving next year.

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp. accounted for 32 percent of the 676,000 vehicles sold in Saudi Arabia last year, while South Korean carmaker Hyundai Motor Co. ranked second with 24 percent, said Jeff Schuster, senior vice president of forecasting with LMC Automotive. The country ranks 21st out of 198 tracked by the researcher in vehicles sold annually, he said.

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