Botswana Full Year 2015: Hilux in the lead, Datsun Go shines

Datsun Go Botswana 2015. Picture courtesy of cars.co.zaThe Datsun GO is among the 10 most popular passenger cars in Botswana.

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Thanks to NAAMSA, we can share with you for the 2nd year in a row official sales data for Botswana. Rankings by brand and models for passenger cars and light vehicles (PC +LCV) are available and although these rankings only include the models exported from South Africa and reported to NAAMSA this is an accurate description of the new light vehicle market in Botswana as South Africa is by far the #1 provenance for imports into the country. Note Mercedes was removed from the study due to its irregular reporting. Toyota continues to dominates the brands ranking above Ford while both Nissan and Chevrolet bypass  Volkswagen to rank #3 and #4. Audi ranks at a splendid 7th place and BMW is #8.

Toyota Corolla Quest Botswana 2015Toyota Corolla Quest

The Toyota Hilux remains the most popular nameplate in the country with globally stable sales at 1.500 units, above the Ford Ranger (-3%) while the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup takes a hit at -24% but stays third overall. The Nissan Hardbody (+4) makes it four pickups in the Botswana Top 4 in 2014. The Toyota Corolla is once again the best-selling passenger car here, however its low-cost variant – the previous generation renamed Corolla Quest – is catching up fast at #2 PC vs. #6 last year. Same situation for the VW Polo Vivo (+20%) overtaking the Polo (-15%). Finally, notice the Datsun GO breaking into the Top 10 passenger cars at #9.

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Botswana Full Year 2014: Hilux, Ranger & Land Cruiser pickups on top

Toyota Land Cruiser PU Botswana 2014. Picture courtesy autoguide.co.bwToyota Land Cruiser Pickup

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Now updated with sales figures for the Top 5 passenger cars and light vehicles.

For the first time in 8 years we now have access to official sales information for Botswana thanks to NAAMSA.Rankings by brand and models for passenger cars and light vehicles (PC +LCV) are available and although these rankings only include the models exported from South Africa and reported to NAAMSA this is an accurate description of the new light vehicle market in Botswana as South Africa is by far the #1 provenance for imports into the country. Toyota dominates the brands ranking above Ford and Volkswagen, with Mercedes, Audi and BMW all making a remarkable appearance inside the Top 10. In fact if we only look at passenger cars, Mercedes ranks third, Audi 5th and BMW 7th!

Toyota Hilux Namibia 2014. Picture courtesy FlickrThe Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in Botswana. Picture © Annette Fallin

Ford Ranger Botswana 2014. Picture courtesy avisvanrental.co.zaFord Ranger AVIS Safari Rental

The Toyota Hilux is the overall best-seller in Botswana and the only vehicle to sell over 600 units in 2014 at just under 1.600, with the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Land Cruiser Pickup coming at equal #2. That all 3 pickups are favourites with both safari tours and safari rental companies is no coincidence, tourism and bustling agricultural community lifting no less than 7 pickups among the 10 favourite vehicles in Botswana in 2014. The Toyota Corolla (320 deliveries) tops passenger cars above the Toyota Fortuner with the Mercedes C-Class landing at #7 and the Toyota Prado at #10.

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Botswana 2007: Hilux and Corolla in the lead

Toyota Hilux in Kasane, Botswana June 2007

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Toyota ‘owns’ the Batswana market with 1,958 sales and 40% market share in 2007, ahead of Nissan at 8% and VW at 5%.

Observation in the country in 2007 showed two cars clearly dominating the sales: the Toyota Corolla and Hilux. Pick-ups are very popular in Botswana, with the Isuzu KB (aka D-Max) likely to be ranked 3rd, the Opel Corsa cabbie possibly #4 and the Nissan Hardbody (aka Frontier) in 5th.

Street scene in Kasane, Botswana June 2007

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