PRETORIA – Work stoppages and unprocedural industrial action at various manufacturing plants impacted vehicle production and export sales last month, denting domestic vehicle sales.
Figures released on Monday showed that total new vehicle sales declined last month by 4.6 percent to 47 486 vehicles from the 49 751 units sold in November last year.
New car sales declined last month by 5.4 percent year-on-year to 31 054 units and light commercial vehicle sales by 6.1 percent to 13 695 units.
However, sales of new medium commercial vehicles improved last month by 17.5 percent year-on-year to 804 units and heavy truck and bus sales by 17.5 percent to 1 933 units.
Nico Vermeulen, the director of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa, said that both the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segments had now recorded improvements for the fifth consecutive month and that the stronger sales numbers suggested an improvement in capital investment sentiment.