Hyundai Grand i10 sales more than doubled after the introduction of a more affordable 1-litre derivative.

Johannesburg - South Africa’s new vehicle market saw a difficult start to the 2018, with January’s sales dropping 8.9 percent year-on-year to 45 888.

However, and notwithstanding the current political uncertainties, improving business sentiment and a stronger rand provide hope that better times could be around the corner, but for now let's take a look at last month's sales charts.

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Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo (now in its run-out phase ahead of its imminent replacement) took the overall top spot in January with 2862 sales - evidently there were a lot of good deals to be had.

Another notable performer in the budget segment was Hyundai’s Grand i10, which just became a whole lot more affordable with the release of a 1-litre base model at R149 995. It managed a volume of 1134 (up from 503).

Volkswagen’s Polo, however, dipped down to 1027 units, but expect the all-new model (launched at the end of January) to drive that number up in February.

On the SUV front, Toyota’s Fortuner and Rav4 performed even better than usual with respective volumes of 1318 and 871, while Hyundai’s Tucson (which usually gives the Rav a run for its money) had a slow month, with just 400 sales.

In the bakkie war Toyota’s Hilux (2695) took a healthy lead over the Ford Ranger (2269).

Let’s take a look at the top performers in seven of the key segments, bearing in mind that we had to exclude the premium segments as BMW and Mercedes-Benz do not report individual sales figures.

THE NUMBERS: JANUARY 2018

Budget Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo Vivo 2862
Toyota Etios 1519
Hyundai Grand i10 1134
Kia Picanto 793
Renault Kwid 664
Ford Figo 619
Datsun Go 489
Nissan Micra 395
Suzuki Swift 363
Renault Sandero 325
Volkswagen Up 283
Suzuki Ignis 174

Compact Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo 1027
Toyota Avanza 665
Ford Fiesta 542
Renault Clio 559
Kia Rio 469
Nissan Almera 404
Hyundai i20 317
Hyundai Accent 283
Mazda2 279
Honda Ballade 200
Audi A1 128
Honda Jazz 99

Compact-Medium Hatch/Sedan

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 2196
Volkswagen Golf 805
Mazda3 248
Volkswagen Jetta 240
Ford Focus 195
Audi A3 181
Hyundai Elantra 109
Opel Astra 49
Volvo V40 44
Kia Cerato 27
Honda Civic 24
Renault Megane 21

Compact Crossover/SUV

Ford EcoSport 660
Hyundai Creta 380
Mazda CX-3 372
Renault Captur 190
GWM M4 94
Suzuki Jimny 79
Honda BR-V 76
Opel Mokka X 65
Mitsubishi ASX 65
Suzuki Vitara 43
Jeep Renegade 39
Nissan Juke 30

Compact-Medium Crossover/SUV

Toyota Rav4 871
Volkswagen Tiguan 438
Hyundai Tucson 400
Nissan X-Trail 353
Mazda CX-5 377
Toyota C-HR 218
Nissan Qashqai 170
Kia Sportage 168
Renault Duster 154
Audi Q5 109
Land Rover Discovery Sport 100
Honda HR-V 87
Ford Kuga 81

Large Crossover/SUV (Sub-R1-million)

Toyota Fortuner 1318
Ford Everest 336
Toyota Prado 191
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 45
Mahindra XUV 46
Jeep Wrangler 32
Jeep Grand Cherokee 37
Mitsubishi Pajero 37
Mahindra Scorpio 27

Bakkie (all)

Toyota Hilux 2695
Ford Ranger 2269
Nissan NP200 1585
Isuzu KB 1200
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 632
Toyota Land Cruiser PU 238
Hyundai H100 Bakkie 210
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up 218
Volkswagen Amarok 203
GWM Steed 184
Nissan Navara 100
Kia K2700 71
Mahindra Bolero 69

Top Companies

Toyota 11 893
Volkswagen 7070
Ford 4869
Nissan 4400
Hyundai 2897
Renault 1929
BMW 1856
Mercedes-Benz 1797
Kia 1603
Isuzu 1423
Mazda 1323
Suzuki 891

Sales Channels

Dealer network 78.1%
Rental industry 17.3%
Government 1.9%
Corporate 2.7%

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