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.
|Volkswagen Polo Vivo||2942|
|Hyundai Grand i10||490|
|Opel Mokka X||102|
|Land Rover Disco Sport||89|
Large Crossover/SUV (Sub R1-million)
|Mitsubishi Pajero Sport||96|
|Toyota Land Cruiser 200||84|
|Jeep Grand Cherokee||70|
|Nissan NP300 Hardbody||1003|
|Toyota Land Cruiser PU||300|
|Suzuki Super Carry||115|
Top Companies Overall