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South Africa 1973-2013 Historical Data now available!

The Datsun Stanza was #1 in South Africa in 1980

* The direct links to 16 Historical Data articles are below *

Thanks to Miguel, I am now able to shed some light on the South African car market between 1973 and 2012 with selected years' Top 10 best-selling models now available. After the Chrysler Valiant in 1973, Japanese cars took ownership of the ranking, with the Datsun Stanza Number 1 in 1980 and the Toyota Corolla in 1984.

The Toyota Corolla may have been South Africa's best-seller from 1984 to 2005

The Corolla may have kept the pole position for a full 20 years, however I don't have data for each year over the period so cannot confirm this (if you do please get in touch!). Other successful models in South Africa over the period include the Toyota Cressida, Chevrolet Chevair, BMW 3 Series, Mazda 323, Honda Ballade, VW Golf, Toyota Conquest and Ford Tracer.

South Africa Historical Data:

South Africa 1973: Chrysler Valiant and Ford Cortina on top

South Africa 1980: Datsun Stanza and Chevrolet Chevair shine

South Africa 1984: Toyota Corolla starts its reign

South Africa 1986: Toyota Corolla, Mazda 323 and Honda Ballade on top

South Africa 1988: Toyota Corolla and VW Golf dominate

South Africa 1992-1996: Toyota Corolla/Conquest in command

South Africa 1997-2000: Toyota Corolla and Conquest lead the way

South Africa 2003: Toyota Corolla and Hilux on top

South Africa 2004-2005: Toyota Corolla #1, VW Citi Golf and Toyota Tazz in Top 5

South Africa 2006-2007: VW Polo takes the lead

South Africa 2008: VW Polo and Toyota Hilux fight it out

South Africa 2009: Toyota Hilux likely leader

South Africa 2010: Toyota Hilux potentially in the lead

South Africa 2011: Toyota Hilux edges VW Polo Vivo out

South Africa 2012: VW Polo Vivo snaps up top spot

South Africa 2013: Toyota Hilux takes the lead, Etios up to #4

Categories: South Africa
  1. Anthony
    December 20th, 2013 at 22:18 | #1

    The Datsun Stanza was never a top seller in South Africa.
    The Chevrolet 2500/3800/4100 were rebadged Opel Rekords and Commodores,and were very popular in early to mid 1970s.
    Then Ford Cortina MK4 and 5 dominated late 1970s- early 80s.
    Then VW Jettas from mid 1980s,and Toyota Corolla sedans from late 1980s for over 20 years,being the most successful South African car,with over a million produced.
    Current top seller is the VW Polo,and its been top seller for a few years now.

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