Volkswagen's new Polo surged to the top of the passenger vehicle market in its first full sales month, with 2847 sales.

Johannesburg - Despite improving economic sentiment, South Africa’s vehicle sales continued on a sombre note in the second month of 2018, declining 3.8 percent year-on-year from the 48 201 sold in February last year to 46 347.

Things looked better on the passenger car front, with a decline of just 0.4 percent versus the 9.6 percent plunge that light commercial vehicles took, but we suspect this is due to pent-up demand for Volkswagen's recently-launched Polo and Polo Vivo.

The new Polo performed incredibly well in its first full sales month, surging to the top of the passenger vehicle sales chart with 2847 sales, while the Polo Vivo trailed at 2044, although the latter was only launched mid-month so we'll have to wait until this time next month to see its true potential in the marketplace.

There were few surprises in the other segments, except in the compact-medium SUV class where the Rav4 fell to eighth place, while VW’s Tiguan took the top spot ahead of Hyundai’s Tucson.

On the bakkie front, Toyota stretched its lead over Ford’s Ranger, moving 3369 units versus 2253.

Below we’ve listed the 12 best sellers in seven segments. Keep in mind that we have excluded the premium sedan and coupe segments as Mercedes-Benz - a key player in those sectors - does not report individual sales figures.

THE NUMBERS: FEBRUARY 2018

Budget Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo Vivo2044
Hyundai Grand i101008
Toyota Etios990
Ford Figo775
Kia Picanto686
Datsun Go591
Renault Kwid582
Suzuki Swift493
Nissan Micra315
Renault Sandero243
Suzuki Ignis213
Suzuki Celerio137

Compact Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo2847
Ford Fiesta572
Toyota Yaris557
Hyundai i20493
Renault Clio482
Kia Rio438
Toyota Avanza379
Nissan Almera344
Mazda2231
Honda Jazz160
Hyundai Accent150
Audi A1 143

Compact-Medium Hatch/Sedan

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris1302
Ford Focus553
Volkswagen Golf451
Hyundai Elantra167
Mazda3243
Audi A3250
BMW 1 Series107
Volkswagen Jetta82
Opel Astra54
Volvo V4025
Honda Civic16
Kia Cerato12

Compact Crossover/SUV

Ford EcoSport814
Hyundai Creta443
Mazda CX-3333
Renault Captur233
Suzuki Jimny92
GWM M469
Opel Mokka X52
Mitsubishi ASX48
Suzuki Vitara44
Nissan Juke31
Peugeot 200830
Jeep Renegade26

Compact-Medium Crossover/SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan498
Hyundai Tucson450
Mazda CX-5363
Nissan X-Trail284
Nissan Qashqai278
Renault Duster214
Kia Sportage202
Toyota Rav4 189
Toyota C-HR141
BMW X3134
Honda BR-V124
Audi Q5117

Large Crossover/SUV

Toyota Fortuner 1006
Ford Everest 393
Toyota Prado 118
Toyota Land Cruiser 200104
BMW X589
Range Rover Velar88
Land Rover Discovery 76
Mahindra XUV 46
Volvo XC9044
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 35
Range Rover Sport35
Mitsubishi Pajero 31

Bakkies

Toyota Hilux 3369
Ford Ranger 2253
Nissan NP200 1690
Isuzu KB 1216
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 902
Hyundai H100 Bakkie256
Toyota Land Cruiser PU247
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up214
GWM Steed178
Volkswagen Amarok 162
Nissan Navara 129
Kia K2700 108

Top Companies

Toyota10 264
Volkswagen7519
Ford5654
Nissan4779
Hyundai 3197
Mercedes-Benz2111
Renault1759
Isuzu1512
Kia1508
BMW1361
Mazda1256
Suzuki1179

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