Toyota's Rav4 surged to the top of the compact-medium SUV segment in May with a substantial 705 units.

Johannesburg - The South African motor industry experienced another month of modest growth in May, with overall vehicle sales increasing 2.4 percent over the same month last year, to 42 984.

The passenger car market saw the slowest growth, however, gaining just 0.7 percent year-on-year, while the light commercial vehicle, bakkie and minibus market grew by 3.2 percent.

The truck sector saw far greater gains in May, with medium and heavy commercial vehicle sales increasing by 17.6 and 21.1 percent respectively, which is certainly a good sign that the country’s economy is turning the corner.

Naamsa expects South Africa’s vehicle market to continue growing modestly over the medium term, due to continued economic growth, moderate price inflation and favourable interest rates.

Wesbank’s sales and marketing head Ghana Msibi however cautioned that while the year-on-year recovery was encouraging, it shouldn’t be misinterpreted as growth.

He pointed out that year-to-date, South Africa’s car market is still down 1.6 percent, compared to the first five months of 2017.

Good news for the manufacturers is that exports grew by 13.9 percent in May, to total 32 731. Naamsa expects that robust global growth will continue to benefit the country’s manufacturing operations, but warned that the current wave of protectionism could put a damper on the global economy and demand patterns.

Hilux surges ahead

On the new vehicle sales charts, the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger saw some encouraging growth, the Hilux up from 2679 units to 3338, and the Ranger from 2372 to 2819.

In third place, Volkswagen’s Polo overtook its older-generation Vivo sibling with 1979 sales versus 1904, the latter also down by almost 250 units.

Below we’ve listed the 10 best sellers in eight of the key segments. Keep in mind that Mercedes-Benz vehicles are excluded from the list as the company does not report individual sales figures.

Budget Car May April
VW Polo Vivo 1904 2143
Hyundai Grand i10 1081 1013
Toyota Etios 908 729
Kia Picanto 719 798
Renault Kwid 712 693
Renault Sandero 489 261
Datsun Go 364 447
Suzuki Swift 287 86
Volkswagen Up 177 136
Nissan Micra 123 162

Compact Car May April
VW Polo 1979 1907
Hyundai i20 424 43
Toyota Yaris 408 402
Toyota Avanza 390 389
Ford Fiesta 333 140
Hyundai Accent 307 154
Kia Rio 254 246
Mazda2 227 177
Renault Clio 223 220
Audi A1 133 79

Compact/Medium Car May April
Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 1228 771
VW Golf 347 271
Mazda3 241 249
Audi A3 237 239
BMW 1 Series 183 96
VW Jetta 146 103
Ford Focus 107 168
BMW 2 Series 88 67
Hyundai Elantra 87 136
Hyundai Veloster 34 0

Executive Car May April
BMW 3-Series 476 502
Audi A4 119 80
BMW 5 Series 65 50
Audi A5 64 47
Ford Mustang 56 63
BMW 4 Series 41 44
BMW 6 Series 13 5
Audi A6 sedan 12 4


Compact SUV/Crossover May April
Hyundai Creta 700 611
Mazda CX-3 261 378
Renault Duster 185 313
Renault Captur 169 121
Ford Ecosport 163 213
Suzuki Ignis 147 212
Suzuki Jimny 117 91
Honda HR-V 68 83
GWM M4 55 40
Suzuki Vitara 51 50

Compact-Medium SUV/Crossover May April
Toyota Rav4 705 337
VW Tiguan 532 538
Mazda CX-5 407 378
Nissan Qashqai 297 246
BMW X3 223 244
Nissan X-Trail 202 222
Toyota C-HR 188 187
Honda BR-V 163 93
Ford Kuga 140 98
Hyundai Tucson 137 227

Large SUV/Crossover May April
Toyota Fortuner 1102 879
Ford Everest 406 312
Range Rover Sport 109 62
Toyota Land Cruiser200 104 96
Toyota Prado 94 82
Porsche Cayenne 73 10
Land Rover Discovery 56 49
Range Rover Velar 56 49
BMW X5 50 65
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 36 44

Bakkie (All) May April
Toyota Hilux 3338 2679
Ford Ranger 2819 2372
Nissan NP200 1825 1058
Isuzu KB 1298 1071
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 798 448
Hyundai H100 Bakkie 263 219
VW Amarok 324 208
Toyota Landcruiser PU 217 192
Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up 188 130
GWM Steed 173 103

Top companies May April
Toyota 10 688 8213
Volkswagen 6524 6261
Ford 4164 3570
Nissan 4100 3403
Hyundai 3190 2633
Mercedes-Benz 1921 1385
Renault 1781 1611
Isuzu 1665 1310
BMW 1475 1393
Kia 1276 1304

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