Twenty percent increase in Saudi registered cars
Official statistics revealed that the number of registered automobiles in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia grew to 7,046,154 in 1997-1998, up from 5,861,614 cars in 1993-1994. These figures, reported recently by Al-Watan newspaper, translate into a 20 percent rise.
The geographical distribution of these cars is as follows: 32.7 percent in Riyadh, 32.3 percent in Mecca, 17.1 percent in the eastern region of Saudi Arabia, 4.2 percent in Al-Qasim region and 3.2 percent in Al-Medina.
The number of imported passenger transit cars into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia grew to 160,461 in 1999, up from 117,355 cars in 1990. These figures translate into an increase of 43,106 cars, which is equivalent to 36 percent. The total car imports into the kingdom, including passenger and cargo vehicles, increased from 186,704 to 200,766 cars during the years 1990-1999. This implies a 7.5 percent rise. ¯ (Albawaba-MEBG)
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