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 Vivo 2044
Hyundai Grand i10 1008
Toyota Etios 990
Ford Figo 775
Kia Picanto 686
Datsun Go 591
Renault Kwid 582
Suzuki Swift 493
Nissan Micra 315
Renault Sandero 243
Suzuki Ignis 213
Suzuki Celerio 137

Compact Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo 2847
Ford Fiesta 572
Toyota Yaris 557
Hyundai i20 493
Renault Clio 482
Kia Rio 438
Toyota Avanza 379
Nissan Almera 344
Mazda2 231
Honda Jazz 160
Hyundai Accent 150
Audi A1 143

Compact-Medium Hatch/Sedan

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 1302
Ford Focus 553
Volkswagen Golf 451
Hyundai Elantra 167
Mazda3 243
Audi A3 250
BMW 1 Series 107
Volkswagen Jetta 82
Opel Astra 54
Volvo V40 25
Honda Civic 16
Kia Cerato 12

Compact Crossover/SUV

Ford EcoSport 814
Hyundai Creta 443
Mazda CX-3 333
Renault Captur 233
Suzuki Jimny 92
GWM M4 69
Opel Mokka X 52
Mitsubishi ASX 48
Suzuki Vitara 44
Nissan Juke 31
Peugeot 2008 30
Jeep Renegade 26

Compact-Medium Crossover/SUV

Volkswagen Tiguan 498
Hyundai Tucson 450
Mazda CX-5 363
Nissan X-Trail 284
Nissan Qashqai 278
Renault Duster 214
Kia Sportage 202
Toyota Rav4 189
Toyota C-HR 141
BMW X3 134
Honda BR-V 124
Audi Q5 117

Large Crossover/SUV

Toyota Fortuner 1006
Ford Everest 393
Toyota Prado 118
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 104
BMW X5 89
Range Rover Velar 88
Land Rover Discovery 76
Mahindra XUV 46
Volvo XC90 44
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 35
Range Rover Sport 35
Mitsubishi Pajero 31

Bakkies

Toyota Hilux 3369
Ford Ranger 2253
Nissan NP200 1690
Isuzu KB 1216
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 902
Hyundai H100 Bakkie 256
Toyota Land Cruiser PU 247
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up 214
GWM Steed 178
Volkswagen Amarok 162
Nissan Navara 129
Kia K2700 108

Top Companies

Toyota 10 264
Volkswagen 7519
Ford 5654
Nissan 4779
Hyundai 3197
Mercedes-Benz 2111
Renault 1759
Isuzu 1512
Kia 1508
BMW 1361
Mazda 1256
Suzuki 1179

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