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 sold 36 422
Monthly average 3035
Best month 3995
Worst month 1977

2. Ford Ranger

Total sold 32 811
Monthly average 2734
Best month 3333
Worst month 1982

3. Volkswagen Polo Vivo 

Total sold 28 402
Monthly average 2367
Best month 3017
Worst month 1230

4. Volkswagen Polo 

Total sold 22 916
Monthly average 1910
Best month 2734
Worst month 1028

5. Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 

Total sold 19 264
Monthly average 1605
Best month 2628
Worst month 919

6. Toyota Quantum 

Total sold 15 694
Monthly average 1308
Best month 1598
Worst month 1109

7. Nissan NP200 

Total sold 15 112
Monthly average 1259
Best month 1638
Worst month 976

8. Toyota Etios - 14 686

Total sold 14 686
Monthly average 1224
Best month 2302
Worst month 698

9. Isuzu KB

Total sold 14 256
Monthly average 1188
Best month 1499
Worst month 772

10. Toyota Fortuner 

Total sold 13 629
Monthly average 1136
Best month 1337
Worst month 985

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