Johannesburg - South African new car sales saw a surprising (albeit modest) return to growth in April, but there wasn’t any good news for bakkies and other light commercial vehicles, according to the latest sales figures released by Naamsa.
The overall new vehicle market recorded an aggregate sales figure of 36 794 units last month, which was a 0.7 percent improvement over the same month last year. Of those, 24 989 were passenger vehicles, representing a year-on-year improvement of 3.9 percent, while light commercial vehicles, at 9810 units, saw an 8.1 percent decline over April 2018.
This trend was reversed in the medium and heavy commercial vehicle segments, which recorded respective year-on-year gains of 19.7 percent and 7.8 percent.
However, the real champion was export sales, which improved by 53.8 percent year-on year, to total 33 090.
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