The Ford Ranger dominated the vehicle market for the third month in a row in June.

Johannesburg - New vehicle sales outperformed the sluggish economy in June, growing by 1.0 percent year-on-year to 45 369 units, according to Naamsa.

However, it was something of a mixed bag across the segments, with passenger car sales actually declining by 2.2 percent compared to June last year, while light commercial vehicle sales saw an encouraging 8.2 percent improvement, which could also be a sign that more and more private buyers are migrating to double cab bakkies. 

On that note, Ford’s Ranger outsold the Toyota Hilux for the third month in a row, and this time by a bigger margin, with 3333 sales versus the Toyota’s 3161. Nissan’s aging NP300 Hardbody range rose to a distant third on the bakkie charts, with 1206 sales.

Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo continued to dominate the passenger vehicle charts, with 2516 units finding homes, while its newer-generation Polo sibling put on a good show (1897 sales), especially considering that its replacement was revealed during the month and many buyers will be holding off for the newer car that’s due early next year.

It was another mixed bag on medium and heavy commercial vehicle front, with the former gaining 4.4 percent year-on-year and the latter losing 2.8 percent.

Vehicle exports improved a modest 1.4 percent over the same month last year, totalling 31 631. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class accounted for almost a third of that, with 9226 units exported, while Volkswagen’s Polo was second with 7871 units, followed by the Ford Ranger (5631) and Toyota Hilux (3642).

As for domestic sales, Naamsa believes that the outlook for the remainder of 2017 remains uncertain, with political tensions and subdued economic growth set to continue dampening business and consumer confidence.

THE NUMBERS: JUNE 2017

Sales Channels

Dealerships 84.2 percent
Rental industry 9.8 percent
Corporates 3.1 percent
Government 2.9 percent

Top companies

1. Toyota 10 506
2. Volkswagen 7447
3. Ford 5371
4. Nissan 4104
5. Motus (Kia/Hyundai) 3968
6. GM/Isuzu 2924
7. Mercedes-Benz 2445
8. Renault 1680
9. BMW 1525
10. Mazda 1154

Top bakkies

1. Ford Ranger 3333
2. Toyota Hilux 3161
3. Nissan NP300 Hardbody 1206
4. Isuzu KB 1178
5. Nissan NP200 1067
6. Chevrolet Utility 919
7. Volkswagen Amarok 220
8. Toyota Land Cruiser PU 180
9. Nissan Navara 137
10. Tata Super Ace 85

Popular passenger cars*

Volkswagen Polo Vivo 2516
Volkswagen Polo 1897
Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 1420
Toyota Fortuner 1198
Toyota Etios 1159
Renault Kwid 632
Toyota Rav4 553
Ford EcoSport 525
Volkswagen Golf 482
Datsun Go 426

* Full ranking not possible as Hyundai, Kia, BMW and Mercedes do not report individual sales figures.

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