SA's top selling model derivatives

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Modest Ford Figo 1.4 Ambiente was the best selling car model in South Africa in 2013.

Johannesburg - You may not have known it, but the Ford Figo 1.4 Ambiente is South Africa’s favourite car derivative.

The monthly new-vehicle sales reports released by Naamsa (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA) list the country’s best-selling vehicles by model range, but detailed stats on the most popular model derivatives only become available after some delay.

For instance, the monthly reports tell you that the VW Polo Vivo is the most popular range, but not whether it’s the 1.4-litre hatchback version or the 1.6-litre sedan, for instance, that’s the top seller within the line up.

The monthly figures also don’t list high-volume brands such as Hyundai and Kia, which only reveal their detailed sales figures a few months in arrears.

The complete 2013 figures have recently become available and we’ve listed the year’s top-30 selling cars below along with the top-20 bakkies.

NOW WE KNOW

They show that the Figo 1.4 Ambiente five-door was the country’s best-selling car, with 12 373 units finding new owners. Filling up the next three places were Volkswagen Polo Vivos and new-generation Polos. Toyota Etios models fill the next two slots, while three Hyundai models also made the top 10, led by the i10 1.1 Motion in seventh position.

The list paints an interesting picture as cars that sometimes don’t rank high in the model-range sales charts - for example the Nissan Micra - have very strong-sellers when it comes to a particular derivative (in this case the Micra 1.2 Visia+).

On the bakkie side the Toyota Hilux has for long reigned supreme as the best-selling range, partly because it has so many derivatives, but its most popular model, the 2.0 VVT-i, only occupies sixth place in the model chart. In 2013 the country’s best selling bakkie was the Chevrolet Ute 1.4 aircon with 5753 sales, ahead of Nissan’s NP200 1.6.

Between them the Ute and the NP200 fill the top five bakkie slots.

SA’s Top 30-selling CAR derivatives - 2013

1 Ford Figo 1.4 Ambiente - 12 373

2 VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 base - 11 937

3 VW Polo 1.4 hatch Comfortline - 8 716

4 VW Polo Vivo 1.4 Trendline - 7 991

5 Toyota Etios hatch 1.5 Xi - 5 599

6 Toyota Etios sedan 1.5 Xs - 5 438

7 Hyundai i10 1.1 Motion - 5 268

8 BMW 3-Series 320i auto - 5 261

9 Hyundai i20 1.2 Motion - 5 072

10 Hyundai i20 1.4 Fluid - 4 889

11 Mercdedes C200 BlueEfficiency - 4 445

12 Toyota Etios hatch 1.5 Xs - 4 390

13 Nissan Micra Micra 1.2 Visia+ - 4 175

14 Toyota Etios hatch 1.5 Xs - 4 160

15 VW Polo 1.6 hatch Comfortline - 3775

16 Mercedes C180 BlueEfficiency - 3769

17 Toyota Corolla 1.3 Professional - 3540

18 VW Polo 1.4 hatch Trendline - 3306

19 Toyota Corolla 1.3 Impact - 3101

20 Ford Fiesta 1.4 Ambiente - 3063

21 Tata B-Line 1.4 LE - 2935

22 Hyundai i10 1.2 Fluid - 2911

23 VW Polo Vivo sedan 1.4 Trendline - 2529

24 Kia Picanto 1.2 EX - 2517

25 Kia Rio 1.4 TEC - 2473

26 Chevrolet Spark 1.2 - 2455

27 BMW 320d - 2414

28 Hyundai i20 1.4 Glide - 2329

29 VW Golf 1.4 TSI Comfortline - 2286

30 Toyota Etios SD 1.5 Xs - 2284

SA’s Top 30-selling BAKKIE derivatives - 2013

1 Chevrolet Utility 1.4 aircon - 5753

2 Nissan NP200 1.6 - 5463

3 Chevrolet Utility 1.4 - 5000

4 Nissan NP200 1.6 aircon - 4247

5 Nissan NP200 1.6 Safety - 3965

6 Toyota Hilux 2.0 VVT-i - 3579

7 Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D RB SRX - 3372

8 Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D - 3063

9 Chevrolet Utility 1.4 Club - 3006

10 Hyundai H100 Bakkie 2.6D Deck - 2419

11 Kia K2700 Workhorse - 2283

12 Toyota Hilux 3.0 D-4D RB Raider D-Cab - 2260

13 Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D 4x4 SRX D-Cab - 2071

14 Ford Ranger 2.2TD Hi-Power XL D-Cab - 2006

15 Toyota Hilux 3.0 D-4D Raider 4x4 D-Cab - 1972

16 Nissaan NP300 Hardbody 2.0 LWB - 1966

17 Toyota Hilux 2.5 D-4D 4x4 SRX - 1761

18 VW Amarok 2.0 BiTDI D-Cab 4Motion Highline - 1548

19 Ford Ranger Super Cab 2.2TD Hi-Power XL Hi-Rider 4x2

- 1483

20 Ford Ranger 2.2TD MP Base Lo-Rider - 1443

- Source: RGT Smart


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