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 Vivo2862
Toyota Etios1519
Hyundai Grand i101134
Kia Picanto793
Renault Kwid664
Ford Figo619
Datsun Go489
Nissan Micra395
Suzuki Swift363
Renault Sandero325
Volkswagen Up283
Suzuki Ignis174

Compact Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo1027
Toyota Avanza665
Ford Fiesta542
Renault Clio559
Kia Rio469
Nissan Almera404
Hyundai i20317
Hyundai Accent283
Mazda2279
Honda Ballade200
Audi A1 128
Honda Jazz99

Compact-Medium Hatch/Sedan

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris2196
Volkswagen Golf805
Mazda3248
Volkswagen Jetta240
Ford Focus195
Audi A3181
Hyundai Elantra109
Opel Astra49
Volvo V4044
Kia Cerato27
Honda Civic24
Renault Megane21

Compact Crossover/SUV

Ford EcoSport660
Hyundai Creta380
Mazda CX-3372
Renault Captur190
GWM M494
Suzuki Jimny79
Honda BR-V76
Opel Mokka X65
Mitsubishi ASX65
Suzuki Vitara43
Jeep Renegade39
Nissan Juke30

Compact-Medium Crossover/SUV

Toyota Rav4871
Volkswagen Tiguan438
Hyundai Tucson400
Nissan X-Trail353
Mazda CX-5377
Toyota C-HR218
Nissan Qashqai170
Kia Sportage168
Renault Duster154
Audi Q5109
Land Rover Discovery Sport100
Honda HR-V87
Ford Kuga81

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 Scorpio27

Bakkie (all)

Toyota Hilux 2695
Ford Ranger 2269
Nissan NP200 1585
Isuzu KB 1200
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 632
Toyota Land Cruiser PU238
Hyundai H100 Bakkie210
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up218
Volkswagen Amarok 203
GWM Steed184
Nissan Navara 100
Kia K2700 71
Mahindra Bolero69

Top Companies

Toyota11 893
Volkswagen7070
Ford4869
Nissan4400
Hyundai 2897
Renault1929
BMW1856
Mercedes-Benz1797
Kia1603
Isuzu1423
Mazda1323
Suzuki891

Sales Channels

Dealer network78.1%
Rental industry17.3%
Government1.9%
Corporate2.7%

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