SA's 50 top selling vehicles - July

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IOL mot aug5 VW Polo b . The recently upgraded VW Polo knocked the Toyota Hilux off its usual top spot, with 3330 of the VWs finding homes in July.

Johannesburg - The latest new vehicle sales figures released by Lightstone Auto shows that the market is showing a fair amount of resilience in the face of tough economic conditions and above-average inflation.

The month of July 2014 saw vehicle sales total 57 670 units, a 1.5 percent decline over the same month last year. However, the rental industry prevented a worst decline as rental sales were up 21 percent year-on-year (14.2 percent of the pie), while dealer sales declined by 5.9 percent.

Exports declined by a whopping 16.1 percent year-on-year, which Naamsa attributes to the recent metal industry strike, however export sales are expected to improve during the remainder of the year as production gets back to normal and foreign markets experience sales growth.

TOUGH TIMES AHEAD

Yet Naamsa warns that the remainder of 2014 looks set to be a challenging one for domestic sales, basically because the economy is growing too slowly, interest rates are on an upward cycle and new car prices are rising above inflation levels.

In fact, the association expects the overall market to dip by around five percent this year.

Although VW enjoyed a particularly strong month with its recently upgraded Polo topping the charts with 3330 sales, Toyota still led the overall race with 11 347 units sold, versus VWSA's 9798 figure and AMH/AAD's 6823.

Yet the biggest celebrations are taking place at Ford SA's Silverton offices however, as the company set a new sales record in July, selling over 6000 vehicles for the first time - 6660 in fact. GMSA followed in fifth place with 5821 sales, ahead of Nissan (3824), Mercedes-Benz (3140), BMW (2196) and Renault (1610).

50 TOP SELLERS - JULY 2014

1. VW Polo - 3330

2. Toyota Hilux - 3117

3. VW Polo Vivo - 2887

4. Ford Ranger - 2564

5. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest - 2134

6. Toyota Etios - 1618

7. Nissan NP200 - 1442

8. Toyota Quantum - 1405

9. Isuzu KB - 1379

10. Mercedes C-Class - 1377

11. Chevrolet Utility - 1297

12. Ford Figo - 1188

13. Ford Ecosport - 1005

14. BMW 3 Series - 981

15. Chevrolet Spark - 958

16. Toyota Fortuner - 885

17. Nissan NP300 - 639

18. Ford Fiesta - 614

19. Renault Sandero II - 572

20. VW Golf - 563

21. Audi A3 - 524

22. Toyota Avanza - 496

23. Nissan Qashqai - 483

24. Toyota RAV4 - 463

25. Renault Clio - 437

26. Ford Kuga - 419

27. Honda Brio - 408

28. Chevrolet Aveo - 387

29. Chevrolet Cruze - 356

30. Audi A4 - 352

31. Nissan Almera - 342

32. Renault Duster - 317

33. Suzuki Swift - 297

34. VW Jetta - 291

35. Mazda BT-50 - 276

36. VW Tiguan - 271

37. Toyota Land Cruiser PU - 263

38. Chevrolet Sonic - 257

39. BMW 1 Series - 237

40. Jeep Grand Cherokee - 223

40. Honda Ballade - 223

42. VW Amarok - 221

43. Ford Focus - 220

44. Opel Astra - 208

45. BMW 4 Series - 201

46. Chevrolet Captiva - 199

47. Mercedes A-Class - 196

48. Mercedes M-Class - 190

49. Opel Corsa - 189

50. Jeep Compass - 187

50. VW Caddy - 187

*Hyundai/Kia supply aggregate monthly figures only and thus could not be included in this list.



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