August produced no surprises on the Hilux sales front.

The new vehicle market continued its downward spiral in August, with overall sales falling by 9.5 percent, compared to the same month last year, to 46 146 in total.

The light commercial vehicle market did surprisingly well under the circumstances, dropping just one percent year-on-year, versus a worrying 13.1 percent in the case of passenger cars. However, some of that could be down to pent-up demand for the new Toyota Hilux that was introduced earlier this year, and which continues to tower above its rivals on the sales charts, with 3081 sold in August.

Heavy truck sales also kept rather level, with a fall of just 0.6 percent, while new vehicle exports surged ahead, gaining 26.7 percent year-on-year to achieve a monthly record, for 2016, of 35 260 units. Naamsa expects this momentum to continue for the remainder of the year.

However, the outlook for local sales remains grim due to low consumer and business confidence as well as the double-digit vehicle price increases that have taken hold this year on the back of a weaker rand, according to Naamsa.

THE NUMBERS: JULY 2016

Sales Channels

Dealerships: 80.9 percent

Rental industry: 15.0 percent

Corporate clients: 3.1 percent

Government sales: 0.9 percent

Top Companies

1. Toyota - 10 309

2. Volkswagen - 7648

3. Ford - 5473

4. AMH/AAD - 4728

5. Nissan - 3595

6. GMSA/Isuzu - 3514

7. Mercedes-Benz - 2731

8. BMW - 1775

9. Renault - 1440

10. Mazda - 956

Top 100 Reported Sales*

1. Toyota Hilux - 3081

2. Volkswagen Polo Vivo - 2702

3. Ford Ranger - 2237

4. Volkswagen Polo - 2105

5. Isuzu KB - 1424

6. Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris - 1351

7. Nissan NP200 - 1270

8. Toyota Fortuner - 1235

9. Toyota Quantum - 1222

10. Toyota Etios - 1188

11. Ford Fiesta - 1069

12. Ford EcoSport - 1033

13. Chevrolet Utility - 884

14. Nissan NP300 Hardbody - 871

15. Renault Sandero - 607

16. Volkswagen Amarok - 590

17. BMW 3 Series - 509

18. Toyota Rav4 - 475

19. Renault Clio - 466

20. Toyota Avanza - 401

21. Volkswagen Golf - 363

22. Mazda CX-5 - 344

23. Ford Focus - 325

24. Nissan X-Trail - 323

25. Toyota Land Cruiser PU - 307

26. Chevrolet Spark - 304

27. Nissan NV350 Taxi - 278

28. Audi A4 - 276

29. Datsun Go - 246

30. Nissan Qashqai - 239

31. Volkswagen Jetta - 221

32. Ford Kuga - 206

33. Renault Captur - 203

34. Mazda3 - 195

34. Mazda CX-3 - 195

36. Ford Figo - 194

37. Toyota Aygo - 191

38. BMW 1 Series - 178

39. Volkswagen T6 bus - 177

40. Audi A3 - 176

41. Toyota Yaris - 174

42. BMW X1 - 162

43. BMW 4 Series - 157

44. Suzuki Swift - 150

45. Volkswagen Up - 149

46. Volkswagen Caddy - 148

47. BMW 2 Series - 146

48. Mahindra KUV100 - 145

49. Toyota Land Cruiser 200 - 140

50. BMW X5 - 138

51. Mazda2 - 134

52. Audi Q3 - 128

53. Volkswagen Tiguan - 123

54. Ford Everest - 116

55. Honda Brio - 113

56. Mitsubishi ASX - 111

57. Honda CR-V - 109

58. BMW X3 - 107

59. Audi A1 - 100

60. Opel Astra - 98

61. Ford Transit - 97

62. Honda Ballade - 95

62. Toyota Prado - 95

64. Suzuki Jimny - 88

65. Honda HR-V - 85

66. Honda Jazz - 83

66. Opel Corsa - 83

68. Chevrolet Captiva - 79

69. Honda Civic - 78

69. Renault Kadjar - 78

71. Mazda BT-50 - 77

71. Tata Bolt - 77

73. Chevrolet Cruze - 76

74. Renault Duster - 75

75. BMW X4 - 74

75. Land Rover Disco Sport - 74

77. Nissan NV200 Panel Van - 72

78. Nissan NV200 Combi - 71

78. Mahindra Bolero - 71

78. Opel Mokka - 71

81. Ford Mustang - 70

81. Suzuki Ertiga - 70

83. Ford Transit Connect - 65

84. BMW 5 Series - 64

84. Range Rover Sport - 64

86. Jeep Grand Cherokee - 63

87. Volvo V40 - 61

88. Mini Hatch 5dr - 60

88. Tata Super Ace - 60

90. Nissan Almera - 59

91. Jeep Renegade - 57

92. Volvo XC60 - 56

93. Mini Hatch 3dr - 53

94. Jaguar F-Pace - 52

94. Mahindra XUV - 52

96. Suzuki Vitara - 51

97. Nissan Juke - 48

97. Volkswagen Transporter - 48

99. Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up - 47

100. Range Rover Evoque - 46

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