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In January 2012 Naamsa noted that Mercedes-Benz SA would‚ as a result of a global directive by its parent company Daimler AG‚ discontinue participation in the industry’s domestic new vehicle sales and export sales reporting for the time being.

This January Naamsa was able to report that following extensive discussions between the Department of Trade and Industry‚ Mercedes-Benz SA (Pty) Ltd and the association‚ agreement has been reached on an arrangement which will enable Mercedes-Benz to resume full reporting of the company’s new vehicle and export sales. This means that with effect from January 2013 SA automotive industry new vehicle sales and export data will be compiled‚ verified and distributed by RGT SMART after the release‚ for public consumption‚ of the data on the website of the Department of Trade and Industry.

The RGT SMART database will also be updated with the actual historical Mercedes-Benz monthly sales data.

Naamsa anticipated that this task would be completed before the end of January 2013 and this was likely to result in the final verified 2012 industry sales numbers being adjusted‚ specifically in respect of the various segments.

For 2012 Mercedes-Benz SA (MBSA) provided a single total sales number for passenger cars‚ commercial vehicles and export sales.

Based on historical sales trends and forecasting techniques‚ RGT SMART compiled estimates for MBSA commercial vehicles sales by segment. These estimates will be replaced with actual verified sales numbers. - I-Net Bridge