SA's 50 top selling vehicles: May

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IOL mot jun3 polo vivo . The VW Polo Vivo won the passenger car sales race with 2476 units sold.

South Africa's vehicle market is buckling under the pressure of an economic slowdown that shows no signs of letting up.

According to figures released by the Department of Trade and Industry, via Lightstone Auto, South African new vehicle sales amounted to just 49 465 units during May 2014, a fall of 9.2 percent compared to may last year. Passenger cars were the worst hit, with a year-on-year decline of 11.3 percent while light commercial vehicle sales dropped by 5.1 percent.

According to Naamsa, prospects are not looking very rosy for the rest of this year thanks to lower growth, new vehicle price increases due to a weak rand and the increasing possibility of interest rate hikes.

Those high prices are sure to be having an effect. According to TransUnion Auto, new vehicle prices increased 6.58% in the first quarter of 2014 alone, while used vehicle prices increased by just 0.83%.

Naamsa predicts that the new vehicle market will see an overall decline of between 3.5 and 5.0 percent this year.

Back to May's sales race, Toyota took the expected lead, with 9378 units sold, while Volkswagen took second spot with 8358 sales. AMH/AAD (Kia/Hyundai) took third place (5441), ahead of Ford SA (5217) and GMSA (5008).

50 TOP SELLERS: MAY 2014

1. Toyota Hilux - 2637

2. VW Polo Vivo - 2476

3. VW Polo - 2326

4. Ford Ranger - 2018

5. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest - 1922

6. Nissan NP200 - 1604

7. Isuzu KB - 1482

8. Chevrolet Utility - 1353

9. Toyota Quantum - 1068

10. Toyota Etios - 1033

11. Ford Figo - 867

12. Mercedes C-Class - 772

13. BMW 3 Series - 760

14. Toyota Fortuner - 698

15. Nissan NP300 - 650

16. VW Golf - 627

17. Ford Fiesta - 585

18. Ford Ecosport - 561

19. Chevrolet Spark - 558

20. Audi A4 - 520

21. Renault Clio - 501

22. Toyota RAV4 - 493

23. Nissan Qashqai - 454

24. Ford kuga - 407

25. Audi A3 - 382

26. Renault Duster - 377

27. Mercedes A-Class - 371

28. Renault Sandero (new) - 362

29. Toyota Avanza - 359

30. VW Tiguan - 356

31. BMW 1 Series - 335

32. Chevrolet Aveo - 288

33. Nissan Juke - 275

34. VW Amarok - 248

35. Land Cruiser PU - 245

36. Toyota Yaris - 235

37. Nissan Micra - 233

38. Suzuki Swift - 215

39. Renault Sandero (old) - 211

40. VW Jetta - 202

41. Ford Focus - 199

42. Mercedes E-Class - 197

43. Mazda BT-50 - 192

43. Mercedes B-Class - 192

45. Honda Brio - 187

46. BMW X5 - 182

47. Jeep Grand Cherokee - 177

48. Chevrolet Cruze - 173

49. Chevrolet Captiva - 172

49. Opel Astra - 172

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



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