The Toyota Hilux surged ahead in September, with 3995 sales.

Johannesburg - South Africa’s new vehicle market saw a year-on-year gain for the fourth month in a row in September, according to figures released by Naamsa.

The month saw total sales of 50 675 units, a solid 7.0% improvement on September 2016, with light commercial vehicles providing the biggest boost with an 11.7% year-on-year gain, while the passenger car market grew by 5.9 percent. 

Medium commercial vehicles, however, were down by 10.4%, while the heavies recorded a modest 0.6% gain.

South African vehicle exports were up 11.0 percent year-on-year, with 36 359 vehicles shipped abroad. The Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the top performer here, with 11 646 units exported; it was followed by the Ford Ranger (7746), Volkswagen Polo (5464) and Toyota Hilux (3995).

Naamsa said the growth in domestic sales, in spite of political and economic uncertainty, was encouraging and that the momentum was likely to continue:

“The recent sharp increase in the Reserve Bank’s leading indicator and the improvement in the Purchasing Manager’s Index suggested that further improvement in domestic sales could be expected in the months ahead.”

Wesbank’s Rudolf Mahoney also attributed the growth to “superlative” marketing incentives from car manufacturers. “Right now, new vehicle deals are just that much more attractive than buying used, and consumers are seeing the value,” Mahoney added.

Movers and shakers

The Toyota Hilux took a commanding lead on the September sales charts with 3995 units sold, surging far ahead of the Ford Ranger that has given it a run for its money in recent times. The Ranger managed just 2337 sales last month, while the Isuzu KB range saw a healthier than usual figure of 1440. 

GM’s local wind-down is working in Nissan’s favour with the NP200 compact surging to 1638 units, while the Chevrolet Utility, currently in run-out phase, fell to 412.

On the passenger car front, Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo and Polo ranges performed solidly, with respective sales of 2942 and 2324 units, in spite of the fact that they’re due to be replaced early next year.

Below you’ll find the top performers listed in each key segment, although due to the fact that Mercedes-Benz and BMW do not report individual sales figures we have omitted the premium segments where these brands feature prominently.

Budget Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo Vivo 2942
Toyota Etios 974
Kia Picanto 970
Renault Kwid 758
Datsun Go 558
Ford Figo 546
Hyundai Grand i10 490
Renault Sandero 413
Suzuki Swift 281
Datsun Go+ 192
Suzuki Celerio 164
Volkswagen Up 141

Compact Hatch/Sedan

Volkswagen Polo 2324
Ford Fiesta 1447
Kia Rio 795
Hyundai i20 577
Nissan Almera 368
Hyundai Accent 284
Renault Clio 272
Mazda2 208
Nissan Micra 175
Honda Jazz 140
Toyota Yaris 92
Opel Corsa 86

Compact-Medium Hatch/Sedan

Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris 1845
Volkswagen Golf 441
Ford Focus 278
Mazda3 252
Audi A3 229
Hyundai Elantra 166
Volkswagen Jetta 144
Renault Megane 114
Opel Astra 67
Volvo V40 28
Subaru Impeza 26
Honda Civic 16

Compact Crossover/SUV

Ford EcoSport 814
Hyundai Creta 418
Mazda CX-3 293
Renault Captur 256
Renault Duster 235
Honda BR-V 176
Suzuki Ignis 118
Opel Mokka X 102
Toyota C-HR 80
Honda HR-V 72
Mahindra KUV100 67
Suzuki Jimny 57

Compact-Medium Crossover/SUV

Hyundai Tucson 480
Toyota Rav4 448
Nissan Qashqai 370
Renault Kadjar 342
Nissan X-Trail 316
Mazda CX-5 310
Volkswagen Tiguan 224
Audi Q5 135
Volvo XC60 122
Land Rover Disco Sport 89
Honda CR-V 77
Audi Q3 72
Kia Sportage 72

Large Crossover/SUV (Sub R1-million)

Toyota Fortuner 999
Ford Everest 556
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport 96
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 84
Jeep Grand Cherokee 70
Toyota Prado 41
Mahindra XUV 41
Jeep Wrangler 27
Chevrolet Trailblazer 20
Mahindra Scorpio 18
Dodge Journey 17
Mitsubishi Pajero  16


Toyota Hilux 3995
Ford Ranger 2337
Nissan NP200 1638
Isuzu KB 1440
Nissan NP300 Hardbody 1003
Chevrolet Utility 412
Hyundai H100 320
Toyota Land Cruiser PU 300
Volkswagen Amarok 224
Nissan Navara 159
Suzuki Super Carry 115
Kia K2700 110

Top Companies Overall

Toyota 11 123
Volkswagen 8012
Ford 6175
Nissan 5098
Hyundai 3147
GMSA/Isuzu 2609
Renault 2399
Kia 2007
Mazda 1107
Suzuki 943

Sales Channels

Dealer network 80.2%
Rental industry 13.9%
Government 3.0%
Corporate 2.9%

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