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CAPE TOWN - Sales figures by WesBank and National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa show that South Africans have a growing trend of purchasing locally made cars.

Sales records from January to July 2017 show that nine of the ten top-selling cars and bakkies are models built in South Africa. WesBank statement revealed a 45% sales for cars built in SA, and 55% sale share of 326 imported models, year-to-date.

Head of Brand and Communications at WesBank, Rudolf Mahoney said, “It’s remarkable that the top ten sellers are all South African, especially with more than 350 models on sale today. This incredible demand for locally built vehicles perfectly illustrates how important the motor industry is to the local economy and consumers”.

Mahoney also said consumers aren't just buying these models because they are built locally, rather, it's a matter of manufacturers' building these models in the country in-line with high demand.