Hyundai’s Creta had a stronger-than-usual month, also taking lead of the compact SUV segment as the usual front-runner, Ford’s EcoSport, went into its run-out phase ahead of the imminent upgrade.

Johannesburg - South African new vehicle sales held up relatively well in April 2018, considering the month marked an increase in VAT, emissions taxes and ad valorem duty, although in fairness this taxation triple whammy did not radically affect vehicle prices.

Nonetheless, April did see a 3.6 percent year-on-year improvement in overall vehicle sales, which totalled 36 346 units, but this was still a whopping 26 percent lower than the March 2018 sales, where pre-emptive buying ahead of April’s tax hikes boosted the numbers.

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But perhaps a more practical indication of the industry’s performance this year is the year-to-date decline of 2.6 percent versus the first four month of 2017, WesBank’s communications head Rudolf Mahoney pointed out, although dealer sales have bucked that trend.

“It’s encouraging to note that dealer channel sales have been up for the first four months of the year,” Mahoney added. “The slow performance of the rental segment, particularly over the first three months of the year, has weighed heavily on the overall market performance.”

Econometrix chief economist Azar Jammine said April’s growth rate was as good as could be expected for the new vehicle market this year.

Nonetheless, it was passenger car sales that led April’s modest growth, increasing 6.4 percent year-on-year to 23 928 units, according to Naamsa, while bakkies and minibuses declined by 1.2 percent to 10 580 units. 

The bakkies still dominated the top end of the sales charts, however, with the Toyota Hilux (2679) and Ford Ranger (2372) taking the top two overall spots, considerably ahead of Isuzu’s KB, which took third place with 1071 sales.

Volkswagen’s Polo twins continued their stranglehold of the passenger car market, with the older-generation car (2143) taking a slight lead over its newer sibling (1907). Hyundai’s Grand i10, which recently dropped down the price ladder with the introduction of a 1-litre derivative, took a solid third place with 1013 sales.

Below we’ve listed the 10 best sellers in eight of the key segments. Keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz vehicles are excluded from the list as the company does not report individual sales figures, while the Jeep numbers are also excluded as FCA figures are only expected mid-month.

Budget CarAprilMarch
VW Polo Vivo 21432736
Hyundai Grand i10 10131032
Kia Picanto 798789
Toyota Etios 729696
Renault Kwid 693856
Datsun Go 447610
Hyundai i10 179516
Nissan Micra162396
Renault Sandero261294
Ford Figo 104370

Compact CarAprilMarch
VW Polo 19072121
Nissan Almera 409403
Toyota Yaris402664
Toyota Avanza 389425
Kia Rio246355
Renault Clio 220422
Mazda2 177174
Hyundai Accent 154143
Opel Corsa 149128
Ford Fiesta 140477

Compact/Medium CarAprilMarch
Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 7711189
VW Golf 271381
Audi A3 239279
Ford Focus 168286
Hyundai Elantra 136141
VW Jetta 103147
BMW 1 Series96169
BMW 2 Series67103
Opel Astra 3931

Executive CarAprilMarch
BMW 3-Series502570
Audi A480110
Ford Mustang6356
BMW 5 Series5087
Audi A54755
BMW 4 Series4480
Porsche Panamera1711
Volkswagen Passat814
BMW 7 Series75
Volvo S60 68

Compact SUV/CrossoverAprilMarch
Hyundai Creta 611413
Mazda CX-3 378349
Renault Duster313186
Ford EcoSport213813
Suzuki Ignis 212290
Renault Captur 121120
Suzuki Jimny 91115
Honda HR-V83122
Opel Crossland X8149
Suzuki Vitara 5069

Compact-Medium SUV/CrossoverAprilMarch
VW Tiguan424525
Mazda CX-5 378378
Toyota Rav4 337463
Nissan Qashqai 246489
BMW X324478
Hyundai Tucson 227400
Nissan X-Trail 222444
Toyota C-HR18765
Kia Sportage 114181
VW Tiguan All-Space New1140

Large SUV/CrossoverAprilMarch
Toyota Fortuner 8791274
Ford Everest 312559
Toyota Land Cruiser20096136
Toyota Prado82119
BMW X565171
Range Rover Sport62147
Land Rover Discovery 4994
Range Rover Velar4972
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport4424
Volvo XC903639
Bakkie (All)AprilMarch
Toyota Hilux 26793825
Ford Ranger 23722753
Isuzu KB 10711273
Nissan NP200 10581562
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 448745
Nissan Navara261447
Hyundai H100 Bakkie 219285
VW Amarok 208176
Toyota Landcruiser PU 192262
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up 130196

Top companiesAprilMarch
Toyota821311 378

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