The new vehicle market is showing no real signs of turning the corner, with November having seen another gloomy sales month. According to Naamsa, new vehicle sales slid 9.6 percent year-on-year to just 46 413 units.

There was a silver lining on the light commercial vehicle front however, with LCV sales actually improving by one percent compared to the same month last year, although medium and heavy vehicles saw declines of 18.7 percent and 17.1 percent respectively. Passenger car sales fell by a worrying 13.8 percent year-on-year, although one wonders if some of those buyers aren't simply migrating to double cabs.

On that note, the Ford Ranger enjoyed a particularly strong month, outselling the Toyota Hilux by over 1000 units - 3680 versus 2492. Another notable performer was Renault's Kwid, which surged to 15th place overall in its first sales month, with 519 units sold.

It's not surprising that buyers are moving towards more affordable options, given the weak economy and the short to medium term outlook remains challenging, according to Naamsa.

"Double digit new vehicle price inflation, pressure on household disposable incomes, low levels of consumer and business confidence and relatively high interest rates represented a negative environment for new vehicle sales," the association stated.

Exports were strong though, improving 12.1 percent year-on-year to 28 113 units, and Naamsa expects the momentum to continue into 2017.

THE NUMBERS: NOVEMBER 2016

Sales Channels

Dealerships: 83.1 percent

Rental industry: 8.5 percent

Corporate clients: 3.6 percent

Government sales: 4.8 percent

Top Companies

1. Toyota - 10 088

2. Ford - 7245

3. Volkswagen - 6197

4. AMH/AAD - 4638

5. Nissan - 4557

6. GMSA/Isuzu - 3577

7. Mercedes-Benz - 1907

8. Renault - 1766

9. BMW - 1447

10. Mazda - 903

Top 100 Reported Sales*

1. Ford Ranger - 3680

2. Toyota Hilux - 2492

3. Volkswagen Polo - 1762

4. Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris - 1746

5. Chevrolet Utility - 1670

6. Volkswagen Polo Vivo - 1649

7. Toyota Quantum - 1518

8. Nissan NP300 Hardbody - 1493

9. Nissan NP200 - 1311

10. Toyota Fortuner - 1135

11. Ford Fiesta - 1130

12. Isuzu KB - 1041

13. Toyota Etios - 1006

14. Ford EcoSport - 908

15. Renault Kwid - 519

16. Datsun Go - 484

17. Toyota Rav4 - 462

18. Nissan Almera - 448

19. BMW 3 Series - 447

20. Toyota Avanza - 420

21. Volkswagen Amarok - 397

22. Ford Everest - 359

23. Toyota Land Cruiser PU - 356

24. Ford Figo - 345

25. Renault Captur - 337

26. Ford Focus - 331

27. Mazda CX-5 - 279

28. Renault Clio - 278

29. Nissan X-Trail - 267

30. Mazda3 - 252

31. Nissan NV350 Taxi - 250

32. Volkswagen Golf - 241

33. Volkswagen Caddy - 224

34. Volkswagen Jetta - 217

35. Audi A3 - 216

36. Renault Sandero - 211

37. Audi A4 - 207

38. Ford Kuga - 199

39. Volkswagen Tiguan - 183

40. Suzuki Swift - 180

41. Renault Duster - 179

42. Mazda2 - 177

43. Toyota Yaris - 165

44. Honda Jazz - 160

45. Audi A1 - 153

46. Chevrolet Spark - 148

47. Volkswagen Up - 144

48. Mazda CX-3 - 142

48. Nissan Qashqai - 142

50. BMW 4 Series - 141

51. Audi Q3 - 126

51. Honda BR-V - 126

53. Honda CR-V - 122

53. Mitsubishi ASX - 122

55. Renault Kadjar - 121

56. Volkswagen Kombi - 120

57. BMW X1 - 118

58. BMW 2 Series - 117

59. BMW X5 - 111

60. Honda Ballade - 109

61. BMW X3 - 108

62. Toyota Aygo - 106

63. Datsun Go+ - 102

64. BMW 1 Series - 97

65.Jeep Renegade - 92

65. Mahindra KUV100 - 92

67. Toyota Land Cruiser 200 - 91

68. Toyota Prado - 90

69. Ford Transit - 87

70. Suzuki Jimny - 85

71. Honda HR-V - 81

72. Mini Hatch 3dr - 78

73. Honda Brio - 75

73. Opel Astra - 75

75. Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up - 73

76. Porsche Cayenne - 70

77. Mahindra Bolero - 68

78. Renault Megane IV - 67

78. Volkswagen Polo Vivo PV - 67

80. Chevrolet Trailblazer - 64

81. Mini Hatch 5dr - 62

82. Land Rover Disco Sport - 61

83. Ford Mustang - 60

84. Range Rover Evoque - 59

84. Range Rover Sport - 59

86. Ford Tourneo Connect - 58

87. Jeep Wrangler - 56

88. Audi Q5 - 54

88. Tata Super Ace - 54

90. Volkswagen Transporter CB - 54

91. Land Rover Discovery - 52

91. Opel Corsa - 52

93. Jeep Grand Cherokee - 51

94. Suzuki Celerio - 50

95. Chevrolet Captiva - 47

95. Mazda BT-50 - 47

97. Suzuki Ertiga - 46

98. Opel Mokka - 44

99. Ford Transit Connect - 43

100. Mahindra Scorpio - 42

100. Peugeot 208 - 42

101. Opel Adam - 41

102. BMW X4 - 40

102. Tata Bolt - 40

*List excludes non-reporters such as Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Kia and GWM.