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 Vivo 2340
Toyota Etios 1161
Kia Picanto 846
Renault Kwid 784
Hyundai Grand i10 591
Ford Figo 530
Datsun Go 451
Suzuki Swift 350
Renault Sandero 345
Chevrolet Spark 248
Hyundai i10 246
Datsun Go+ 240

Compact Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo 2096
Ford Fiesta 1071
Kia Rio 504
Hyundai i20 491
Nissan Almera 376
Renault Clio 268
Audi A3 223
Mazda2 203
Hyundai Accent 183
Toyota Yaris 134
Audi A1 133
Opel Corsa 121

Compact-Medium Hatch/Sedan

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 1343
Ford Focus 468
Volkswagen Golf 462
Hyundai Elantra 243
Mazda3 211
Opel Astra 51
Renault Megane 31
Volvo V40 28
Honda Civic 24
Kia Cerato 21

Compact Crossover/SUV

Ford EcoSport 1071
Hyundai Creta 438
Mazda CX-3 332
Renault Duster 271
Renault Captur 146
Suzuki Ignis 144
Toyota C-HR 133
Honda BR-V 127
Honda HR-V 93
Opel Mokka X 71
Suzuki Jimny 71
Mahindra KUV100 63

Compact-Medium Crossover/SUV

Toyota Rav4 651
Hyundai Tucson 425
Mazda CX-5 359
Nissan X-Trail 328
Nissan Qashqai 304
Volkswagen Tiguan 273
Renault Kadjar 186
Audi Q5 162
Honda CR-V 102
Volvo XC60 80
Land Rover Disco Sport 71
Kia Sportage 70

Large Crossover/SUV (Sub R1-million)

Toyota Fortuner 1070
Ford Everest 536
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 90
Jeep Grand Cherokee 65
Jeep Wrangler 38
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 38
Toyota Prado 38
Mahindra XUV 31
Chevrolet Trailblazer 26
Audi Q7 21


Toyota Hilux 3392
Ford Ranger 2566
Nissan NP200 1565
Isuzu KB 1372
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 1232
Chevrolet Utility 677
Volkswagen Amarok 358
Hyundai H100 337
Toyota Land Cruiser 210
Nissan Navara 175
Kia K2700 94
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up 89

* BMW and Mercedes-Benz do report monthly sales figures

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