Volkswagen's Polo Vivo continued its domination of the passenger car segment. Picture: Colin Mileman.

Johannesburg - The recent positive momentum in South Africa’s new vehicle market continued in August, with vehicle sales growing 6.7 percent year-on-year to total 49 222 units, according to Naamsa.

Light commercial vehicles led the way, increasing 10.8 percent over August last year, while passenger car sales grew by 5.4 percent. Medium commercial vehicles bucked the trend however, falling 13.9 percent year-on-year, although the heavy truck and bus segment grew by 6.1 percent.

South Africa’s new vehicle exports registered a 12.9 percent decline over the same month last year, to total just 29 927 units.

Naamsa attributes the month’s solid domestic sales performance to lower vehicle price inflation along with attractive sales incentives and the recent 25 basis point interest rate reduction. 

WesBank’s Rudolf Mahoney said that the growth in new car demand was inevitable, particularly with the supply of used vehicles dwindling, while aggressive new car deals also played a role:

“It is evident that manufacturers and dealers have come to realise that right now it’s a value-for-money play, and are offering highly attractive incentives to attract customers into the new car market,” Mahoney said.

On the sales charts, Toyota led by a healthy margin with overall sales of 10 751 versus Volkswagen’s 7299 and Ford’s 6482.

Toyota also surged ahead in the bakkie sales war, with 3392 Hilux sales versus Ford’s 2566 Ranger sales. Volkswagen continued to dominate the compact car segments with its Polo and Polo Vivo, while Ford ruled the compact SUV sector with its EcoSport and Toyota took top honours in the segments above that with its Rav4 and Fortuner.

Below you’ll find the top performers listed in each key segment, although due to the fact that Mercedes-Benz and BMW do not report individual sales figures we have omitted the premium segments where these brands feature prominently.

Budget Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo Vivo2340
Toyota Etios1161
Kia Picanto846
Renault Kwid784
Hyundai Grand i10591
Ford Figo530
Datsun Go451
Suzuki Swift350
Renault Sandero345
Chevrolet Spark248
Hyundai i10246
Datsun Go+240

Compact Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo2096
Ford Fiesta1071
Kia Rio504
Hyundai i20491
Nissan Almera376
Renault Clio268
Audi A3223
Hyundai Accent183
Toyota Yaris134
Audi A1133
Opel Corsa121

Compact-Medium Hatch/Sedan

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris1343
Ford Focus468
Volkswagen Golf462
Hyundai Elantra243
Opel Astra51
Renault Megane31
Volvo V4028
Honda Civic24
Kia Cerato21

Compact Crossover/SUV

Ford EcoSport1071
Hyundai Creta438
Mazda CX-3332
Renault Duster271
Renault Captur146
Suzuki Ignis144
Toyota C-HR133
Honda BR-V127
Honda HR-V93
Opel Mokka X71
Suzuki Jimny71
Mahindra KUV10063

Compact-Medium Crossover/SUV

Toyota Rav4651
Hyundai Tucson425
Mazda CX-5359
Nissan X-Trail328
Nissan Qashqai304
Volkswagen Tiguan273
Renault Kadjar186
Audi Q5162
Honda CR-V102
Volvo XC6080
Land Rover Disco Sport71
Kia Sportage70

Large Crossover/SUV (Sub R1-million)

Toyota Fortuner1070
Ford Everest536
Toyota Land Cruiser 20090
Jeep Grand Cherokee65
Jeep Wrangler38
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport38
Toyota Prado38
Mahindra XUV31
Chevrolet Trailblazer26
Audi Q721


Toyota Hilux3392
Ford Ranger2566
Nissan NP2001565
Isuzu KB1372
Nissan NP300 Hardbody1232
Chevrolet Utility677
Volkswagen Amarok358
Hyundai H100337
Toyota Land Cruiser210
Nissan Navara175
Kia K270094
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up89

* BMW and Mercedes-Benz do report monthly sales figures

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