Johannesburg - South Africa’s new vehicle market saw a more positive trajectory develop in 2017, with albeit modest year-on-year growth of 1.8 percent, partly thanks to slowing inflation on the back of a stronger rand.

But which vehicles hit the top of the sales charts?

We tallied up the monthly sales figures supplied by Naamsa and there were no big surprises this year as the Toyota Hilux continued to dominate the bakkie market, albeit relatively closely followed by the Ford Ranger, while Volkswagen’s soon-to-be-replaced Polo and Polo Vivo were by far South Africa’s favourite passenger cars.

1. Toyota Hilux

Total sold36 422
Monthly average3035
Best month3995
Worst month1977

2. Ford Ranger

Total sold32 811
Monthly average2734
Best month3333
Worst month1982

3. Volkswagen Polo Vivo 

Total sold28 402
Monthly average2367
Best month3017
Worst month1230

4. Volkswagen Polo 

Total sold22 916
Monthly average1910
Best month2734
Worst month1028

5. Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 

Total sold19 264
Monthly average1605
Best month2628
Worst month919

6. Toyota Quantum 

Total sold15 694
Monthly average1308
Best month1598
Worst month1109

7. Nissan NP200 

Total sold15 112
Monthly average1259
Best month1638
Worst month976

8. Toyota Etios - 14 686

Total sold14 686
Monthly average1224
Best month2302
Worst month698

9. Isuzu KB

Total sold14 256
Monthly average1188
Best month1499
Worst month772

10. Toyota Fortuner 

Total sold13 629
Monthly average1136
Best month1337
Worst month985

Best of the rest

The Nissan NP300 Hardbody narrowly missed a top 10 position with 13 593 sales for the year, while Ford's Fiesta and EcoSport followed with 11 466 and 9921 sales respectively.

Another strong performer was Kia's new Picanto, which has sold an average of 842 units a month since its debut in July. 

Renault's Kwid has also been climbing the sales charts, notching up an impressive 1120 sales in December. Renault sold a total of 8026 Kwids in 2017, averaging 669 a month.

* Note that BMW and Mercedes do not report individual sales figures and thus could not be factored in here.

IOL Motoring