The Hilux topped the charts as usual, but was closely followed by the all-new Polo.

Johannesburg - South African new-vehicle sales continued their weaker trend, with last month’s sales down 3.8 percent compared to February last year.

Overall, the 46 347 cars, light commercial vehicles and trucks sold declined by 1 854 vehicles versus February 2017. Export sales also dropped from 29 154 to 27 437 vehicles – a 5.8 percent decline compared with the same month last year.

Light commercials were affected the worst, with the 13 212 units sold last month down 9.6 percent from the 14 622 of February 2017. Car sales were only 0.4 percent down, registering 31 200 sales compared to 31 323 in the same month last year.

Sales in the low-volume medium and heavy truck segments remained under pressure and at 574 units and 1 361 units respectively, recorded a respective falls of 13.4 percent and 14.6 percent.

Most sales (84 percent) were through dealers, with 9.7 percent going to the rental industry, 3.7 percent to industry corporate fleets and 2.6 percent to government.

Commenting on the sales, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa) said the recent improvement in the Reserve Bank’s leading indicator and further recent increases in the Purchasing Manager’s Index anticipated an improved outlook for the economy over the medium term.

It said that replacement demand and reduced vehicle price inflation, as a result of the stronger rand, should support new vehicle sales in the months ahead.

The association also expects the recent positive political developments and improved business confidence to lead to higher economic growth in 2018.

However, the increase in Value Added Tax, vehicle emissions taxes, the substantially higher ad valorem duty for premium luxury vehicles priced above R900 000, as well as the substantial increase in the fuel levy would impact on consumers’ disposable income and could impact new vehicle sales from April, 2018 onwards.

30 TOP SELLING VEHICLES FEBRUARY 2018

1. Toyota Hilux 3369
2. VW Polo 2847
3. Ford Ranger 2253
4. VW Polo Vivo 2044
5. Nissan NP200 1690
6. Toyota Quantum 1361
7. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest 1302
8. Isuzu KB 1216
9. Hyundai Grand i10 1008
10. Toyota Fortuner 1006
11. Toyota Etios 990
12. Nissan NP300 886
13. Ford Ecosport 814
14. Ford Figo 775
15. Kia Picanto 686
16. Datsun Go 591
17. Renault Kwid 582
18. Ford Fiesta 572
19. Toyota Yaris 557
20. Ford Focus 553
21. BMW 3 Series 506
22. VW Tiguan 498
23. Hyundai i20 493
24. Renault Clio 482
25. VW Golf 451
26. Hyundai Tucson 450
27. Hyundai Creta 443
28. Kia Rio 438
29. Ford Everest 393
30. Mazda CX-5 363

Figures don’t include BMW and GWM, who don’t reveal their monthly sales

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