Sales of new cars in the Israeli car market had grown 30.5% in the first 9 months of 2000 to 123,313, according to official registration statistics provided by the Association of Cars Importers; 101,366 cars were private cars (up 35.8%) and 21,947 vehicles were light commercial (up 10.8%). Mazda continued to dominate the market with a total of 17,812 vehicles, Hyundai second with a total of 10,171 and Volkswagen went up to 3rd place with 9629 vehicles.