Johannesburg - Following months of modest growth, South African new vehicle sales entered negative territory in August.

The market saw an overall decline of 2.5 percent versus August last year, to 47 964 units in total, with passenger car sales falling 2.2 percent to 32 169 and light commercials seeing a 5.8 percent drop to 13 956.

More encouraging from an economic perspective, however, was the respective 9.3 percent and 18.8 percent gains registered in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle markets and speaking of positive news, new vehicle exports surged by 7.7 percent to 32 247 units.

However, Naamsa expects the South African market to remain under pressure for the foreseeable future, due to flagging business and consumer confidence.

Inflationary pressures are also expected to take their toll, not only through record fuel prices and other general expenses that might cause motorists to hold off on new car prices - unless the rand recovers soon from its latest plunge, new vehicle prices are certain to increase.

The compact car market continues to show growth in light of these circumstances and fittingly August saw Volkswagen’s Polo surge to the top of the overall sales charts with 3414 sales.

Toyota’s Hilux and Ford’s Ranger took second and third with respective sales of 3366 and 2535 units, while VW’s Polo Vivo came in fourth with 1900 units finding homes.

Below we’ve listed the best sellers in seven of the key market segments. Keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche vehicles are excluded from the list as the companies no longer report individual sales figures.

Budget Car August July
VW Polo Vivo 1900 2321
Kia Picanto 1071 893
Hyundai Grand i10 1020 1141
Toyota Etios 900 830
Renault Kwid 767 656
Ford Figo 732 808
Renault Sandero 683 505
Datsun Go 631 461
Suzuki Swift 488 403
Volkswagen Up 208 164
Nissan Micra Active 175 205
Suzuki Celerio 130 145

Compact Car August July
VW Polo 3414 2817
Toyota Yaris 884 974
Hyundai i20 674 651
Toyota Avanza 448 544
Renault Clio 418 412
Nissan Almera 405 377
Ford Fiesta 393 296
Kia Rio 340 303
Hyundai Accent 227 94
Nissan Micra 5 219 201
Mazda2 217 220
Honda Jazz 117 105

Compact/Medium Car August July
Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 1155 2047
VW Golf 332 329
Mazda3 277 268
Audi A3 153 215
Volkswagen Jetta 142 105
Hyundai Elantra 111 108
Ford Focus 66 56
Renault Megane 40 0
Volvo V40 33 19
Opel Astra 31 29

Compact SUV/Crossover August July
Ford Ecosport 537 575
Mazda CX-3 338 388
Hyundai Creta 310 209
Toyota C-HR 223 193
Nissan Qashqai 201 99
Suzuki Ignis 192 208
Honda HR-V 152 83
Renault Duster 129 147
Renault Captur 129 105
Opel Crossland X 85 88
Audi Q3 67 49
GWM M4 42 54

Compact-Medium SUV/Crossover August July
Mazda CX-5 448 372
VW Tiguan 417 494
Hyundai Tucson 354 492
Toyota Rush 300 494
Toyota Rav4 268 949
Kia Sportage 208 183
Nissan X-Trail 169 186
Ford Kuga 112 123
Honda BR-V 109 163
Volvo XC60 92 75
Honda CR-V 76 58
Jaguar E-Pace 76 65

Large SUV/Crossover August July
Toyota Fortuner 888 1006
Ford Everest 429 352
Toyota Land Cruiser200 109 85
Toyota Prado 108 84
Range Rover Sport 85 91
Isuzu MU-X 83 76
Volvo XC90 62 38
Land Rover Discovery 56 55
Volkswagen Touareg 55 0
Range Rover Velar 43 43
Bakkie (All) August July
Toyota Hilux 3366 3373
Ford Ranger 2535 2499
Nissan NP200 1634 1356
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 1092 1218
Isuzu KB 1542 1165
Hyundai H100 Bakkie 337 281
VW Amarok 181 270
Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-Up 181 238
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up 248 236
GWM Steed 182 153
Nissan Navara 139 144
Kia K2700 84 92

TOP COMPANIES

Toyota 10 869 12 840
Volkswagen 7932 7691
Ford 4979 4856
Nissan 4936 4530
Hyundai 3162 3150
Mercedes-Benz 1949 1904
Renault 2161 1829
Isuzu 1919 1656
Kia 1750 1554
BMW 1537 1479

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