Johannesburg - Hatchbacks continue to be South Africa’s favourite type of car, with Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo and new-generation Polo taking the lion’s share of the market with the pair achieving a collective 4297 sales in February 2019 (see top 20 list below).
However, many cheaper hatchbacks are doing rather well for themselves, with the Renault Kwid achieving 1069 sales in third place despite its shortcomings, showing that South Africans really are hungry for more affordable cars.
Hyundai’s Grand i10 came in fourth place, almost hitting the 1000 mark, while the Hyundai i20, Datsun Go, Ford Figo, Kia Picanto and Suzuki Swift all notched up healthy sales around the 500 unit mark.
February was a bleak month for the market though, with overall vehicle sales down 6.5 percent on the same month in 2018, according to Naamsa, and the slowdown was most apparent in the passenger vehicle segment, which saw sales declining by 13.3 percent year on year.
|Top-selling hatchbacks||February sales|
|Volkswagen Polo Vivo||2692|
|Hyundai Grand i10||901|
|Toyota Etios (incl sedan)||660|
|Mazda3 (incl sedan)||219|
|Audi A3 Sportback||215|