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SA’s 10 top selling rental vehicles

Motoring

Johannesburg – If you run a car company, making friends in the rental industry can be a good way to beef up your volumes. In fact, in most months, sales to rental companies make up between 10 and 15 percent of total vehicle sales.

But which vehicles do rental companies buy the most of?

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Almost half of all Fiestas sold in South Africa went to the rental market in 2017, although overall it still comes second to Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo.

Our list below, compiled with data sent to us by Lightstone Auto, shows the top sellers of 2016 and there are a few interesting trends at play. But first, let’s see how they rank.

1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 8606

2. Ford Fiesta – 5085

3. Toyota Corolla Quest – 4763

4. Volkswagen Polo – 4686

5. Toyota Etios – 3726

6. Chevrolet Spark – 2408

7. Renault Sandero – 2139

8. Kia Picanto – 1741

9. Ford Figo – 1657

10. Mercedes-Benz C-Class – 1586

Spark, Quest and Fiesta reliant on rental volumes

The Ford Fiesta, in second place, is heavily reliant on rental sales, which accounted for 41.6 percent of last year’s total volume of 12 204 units. The Volkswagen Polo Vivo, which is the top selling passenger car overall and in terms of rental sales, is a bit less dependent with 29.8 percent of the 28 830 total having been snapped up by rental companies.

The most reliant on the rental industry, however, is Chevrolet’s Spark – with 54.9 percent of its total 2016 sales volume ending up as hire cars. Toyota’s Quest followed at 48 percent, with the remainder, we could only imagine, scooped up by Uber drivers.

And these were the best of the rental rest in 2016:

Hyundai i20 – 1562 units

Toyota Hilux – 1244

Renault Clio – 1197

Toyota Fortuner – 1030

Toyota Rav4 – 999

BMW 3-Series – 937

Hyundai Accent – 892

Toyota Avanza – 888

Kia Rio – 862

Hyundai i10 – 855

Ford Ranger – 828

Hyundai Tucson – 799

Ford EcoSport – 763

Datsun Go – 701

Nissan X-Trail – 701

Hyundai H1 – 687

Volkswagen Kombi – 658

Hyundai Grand i10 – 598

Nissan Almera – 584

Mercedes-Benz CLA – 545

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