South Africa October 2016: Ford Ranger back to #1 in market down 10%

Ford Ranger South Africa October 2016. Picture courtesy caradvice.com.auThe Ford Ranger is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa in October. 

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The South African new vehicle market continues on its downward trend with October sales down a harsh 10% year-on-year to 48.745 units, pulling the year-to-date cume down 11% to 459.486 units. Toyota remains master in command in South Africa with stable sales and 22.8% share, followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16.5% (-9%), Ford Motor at 14.8% (+8%) and Hyundai-Kia at 9.9% (-13%). General Motors/Isuzy freefalls 37%, Renault is down 31% and Jaguar Land Rover down 42%. On the bright side, Mazda gains 11%, Mahindra is up 10% and Porsche up 54%. Model-wise, after seven consecutive months of Toyota Hilux reign, the Ford Ranger reclaims the top spot thanks to sales up 8% to 2.964 vs. 2.781 (+5%) for the Hilux and 2.734 (-14%) for the VW Polo Vivo. The Hilux remains by far the best-seller year-to-date though, with 29.862 deliveries (+3%) compared to 26.123 (-8%) for the Ranger.

honda-br-v-south-africa-october-2016-picture-courtesy-cars-co-zaThe Honda BR-V breaks into the South African Top 40 for its first full month of sales. 

The VW Polo (+6%) and Toyota Corolla (-29%) complete the October Top 5, ahead of the Ford Fiesta surging 85% to 6th place. Other great performers include the Toyota Fortuner (+57%), Nissan NP300 Hardbody (+54%), Kia Picanto (+109%), Nissan X-Trail (+304%) and VW Tiguan (+254%). The Hyundai Tucson leads recent launches (<12 months) at #19, ahead of the Honda BR-V shooting up 135 spots on last month to #38, the Mazda CX-3 (#43), Mercedes GLC (#53), the Datsun GO+ up 12 ranks on its inaugural September score to #55, the Mahindra KUV100 (#74), the Renault Kadjar up 38 spots to a best-ever 79th place, the Smart Forfour (#85) and Ford Mustang (#88).

Previous month: South Africa September 2016: No improvement in sight, sales down 14%

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South Africa September 2016: No improvement in sight, sales down 14%

toyota-hilux-south-africa-september-2016The Toyota Hilux confirms it is the most popular vehicle in South Africa.

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The South African new car market is stuck in recession this year with September sales down another harsh 14% year-on-year to 47.399 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 11% to 410.804. Local financial service provider WesBank says that average new car prices have soared 18% year-on-year in September, and consumers have turned to the pre-owned market, up 7% in September but this demand has also driven up prices, with the average deal value for a used car up 9% in September. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country with 22.9% share, doing a little better than the market at -7%. It is followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16.9% (-17%), Ford at 12% (-10%), Hyundai-Kia at 10% (-14%) and General Motors/Isuzu at 7.3% (-33%). BMW Group (+1%), Mazda (+23%), Mahindra (+44%) and Tata (+3%) manage to go against the grain and post positive results for the month.

datsun-go-south-africa-september-2016The Datsun GO+ has landed in South Africa. 

The Toyota Hilux cements its market domination by losing slightly less ground than the market at -11% to 3.063 sales and 6.5% share vs. 2.872 (-31%) for the VW Polo Vivo and 2.437 (-15%) for the Ford Ranger. The Toyota Quantum (+20%, Ford Fiesta (+28%), Toyota Fortuner (+107%), Hyundai i10 (+99%), Toyota Avanza (+43%), Kia Picanto (+70%) and VW Up (+155%) are among the biggest gainers inside the Top 30. The Hyundai Tucson (#24) leads recent launches (<12 months), distancing the Mazda CX-3 (#41), Toyota Aygo (#49), Mercedes GLC (#58) and Mahindra KUV100 (#65). This month we welcome the Datsun GO+ (#67) and Honda BR-V (#173) into the South African sales charts.

Previous month: South Africa August 2016: Hilux and Fortuner keep Toyota afloat

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South Africa August 2016: Hilux and Fortuner keep Toyota afloat

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New vehicle sales in South Africa are down 9.5% year-on-year in August to 46.146 units, pulling the year-to-date tally down 11% to 363.410 units after 8 months. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country an manages to go against the overall negative trend with deliveries up 4% to 10.309 for a 22.3% market share vs. 21.2% so far in 2016. The Volkswagen Group (-10%), Ford (-17%) and Hyundai-Kia (-6%) follow as per the YTD ranking while Nissan (-11%) overtakes General Motors/Isuzu (-32%) for 5th place overall. Notice Mazda (+15%) and Mahindra (+25%) in frank positive territory. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux (+26%) cements further its leadership of the market with 3.081 sales, distancing the VW Polo Vivo (+1%), Ford Ranger (-10%), VW Polo (-9%) and Isuzu KB (+2%). The Toyota Corolla (-39%) and Nissan NP200 (-19%) struggle whereas the Toyota Fortuner (+57%), Hyundai i20 (+122%) and VW Amarok (+56%) post spectacular gains.

Previous month: South Africa August 2016: Ford Fiesta shines in market down 17%

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South Africa July 2016: Ford Fiesta shines in market down 17%

Ford Fiesta South Africa July 2016. Picture courtesy of temusados.com.brThe Ford Fiesta surges 84% to 5th place overall in July.

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The South African new vehicle market is falling further into recession in July with deliveries down a harsh 17% year-on-year to 44.883 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down 11% to 317.357. Toyota manages to improve its market share to 22.8% thanks to sales down “just” 9% year-on-year to 10.224, distancing the Volkswagen Group (-20%), Ford (-7%), Hyundai-Kia (-18%), General Motors/Isuzu (-29%) and Nissan (-23%). Mazda (+18%), Mahindra (+44%) and Man (+20%) are the only manufacturers to gain ground inside the Top 20. In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (-11%) reigns supreme above the VW Polo Vivo (-13%) and Ford Ranger (-12%) while the Ford Fiesta surges 84% and 11 spots on June to land at a stunning 4th place overall, taking the lead of its segment above the VW Polo (-23%). The Toyota Quantum (+28%), Fortuner (+98%) and Hyundai i20 (+75%) also impress.

Previous month: South Africa June 2016: Toyota Hilux maintains lead in depressed market

One year ago: South Africa July 2015: Toyota Hilux reclaims throne

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South Africa June 2016: Toyota Hilux maintains lead in depressed market

Toyota Hilux South Africa June 2016. Picture courtesy carmag.co.zaToyota Hilux Dakar 16. Picture courtesy carmag.co.za

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The South African new vehicle market continues to disappoint with sales down 11% in June to 44.939, leading to a year-to-date tally down 10% to 272.461 units halfway through the year. Passenger cars are down 11.7% to 29.070, light commercials are down 10% to 13.398 and exports are down 1.4% to 30.965. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country with 21.3% share, followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16%, Ford at 11.8%, Hyundai-Kia at 8.9% and General Motors/Isuzu at 8.2%. With a new generation now firmly established, the Toyota Hilux posts a fourth consecutive month atop the models ranking with 6.8% share (+5%), distancing its archenemy the Ford Ranger at 6.3% (-6%). The VW Polo Vivo (+12%), VW Polo (+21%) and Toyota Fortuner (+4%) follow. The BMW X1 (+640%) and Smart Forfour (#74) also shine, while we welcome the Fiat Fullback (#104) and Bentley Bentayga (#246) in the charts.

Previous month: South Africa May 2016: Toyota Hilux cements lead, Fortuner up to #5

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South Africa May 2016: Toyota Hilux cements lead, Fortuner up to #5

Toyota Fortuner South Africa May 2016The new generation Toyota Fortuner is turning out to be a blockbuster in South Africa. 

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The South African new vehicle market continues to skid at -10% both in May to 42.907 units and year-to-date to 227.534 registrations. Passenger cars are down 13% to 27.143 this month but light commercials down just 5% to 13.446 and medium/heavy commercials down 6% to 2.318. Reversely, May exports are up 0.8% to 33.676 units. The Top 10 best-selling manufacturers are unchanged on the YTD order with Toyota leading the way thanks to a 20% year-on-year increase to 22.3% share ahead the Volkswagen Group (15.6%), Ford (13.4%) and Hyundai-Kia (9.7%). Notice Mazda up a whopping 75% to 1.102 sales at #10.

Toyota Hilux Ford Ranger South Africa May 2016. Picture courtesy carmag.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux is taking a significant advantage in its battle with the Ford Ranger. 

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux cements the market leadership it reclaimed last month with deliveries up 22% to 3.185 vs. 2.797 (-8%) for its archenemy the Ford Ranger. Below the VW Polo Vivo (+16%) and Polo (-9%), the biggest surprise of the month is delivered by the Toyota Fortuner, up 136% on the previous generation a year ago to land at a stunning 5th place overall with 1.333 sales, just ahead of the Toyota Quantum (+106%). The Kia Picanto is up 8 spots on April to #13, the Kia Rio up 3 to #14, the Renault Sandero is up 54% to #15 and the Mazda CX-5 up 80% to #27. Among recent launches, the Mazda CX-3 ranks #34, the Renault Captur is at #54 and the Ford Everest at #61. Finally, we welcome the Mahindra KUV100 at #148 and the Jaguar F-Pace at #164.

Previous month: South Africa April 2016: Toyota Hilux reclaims YTD lead

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South Africa April 2016: Toyota Hilux reclaims YTD lead

Ford Ranger Toyota Hilux South Africa April 2016. Picture courtesy carmag.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux is back ahead in the race to #1 in South Africa.

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The South African new vehicle market is down 9% year-on-year in April to 40.390 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 10% to 184.627. Passenger cars freefall down 13% to 26.077 units whereas light commercials (mainly pickups) are stable at 12.192. In contrast exports are up a whopping 39% to 32.856. Toyota consolidates its position as the most popular manufacturer in the country thanks to sales up a brilliant 11% year-on-year to 8.791 units and 21.8% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group at 15.5% (-13%) and Ford at 13.6% (-16%). General Motors (-24%), Nissan (-30%) and BMW (-23%) suffer whereas Renault (+32%) and Mazda (+96%) post spectacular gains.

Opel Astra South Africa April 2016The new generation pushes the Opel Astra into the Top 50. 

In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux posts a fantastic 53% year-on-year improvement to 3.221 sales and 8% share vs. 2.413 and 6% (-22%) for its archenemy the Ford Ranger. That’s enough for the Hilux to reclaims the year-to-date lead at 11.526 units (+1%) vs. 10.535 for the Ranger (-10%). The VW Polo Vivo is in great shape at +12% in third place, distancing the VW Polo (-22%) and a Toyota Quantum in euphoric spirits (+149%). Further down, the Ford Ecosport (+13%) gains two spots to #8, the Toyota Fortuner (+73%) comes back to life with the new model at #10, the Mazda CX-3 is up 27 ranks on March to a best-ever #36 and the Opel Astra up 5-fold on April 2015 with the new generation to break into the Top 50 at #47. Finally, the Renault Kadjar lands directly at #65 with 138 units sold for its first appearance in the South African ranking.

Previous month: South Africa March 2016: Toyota Hilux reclaims top spot

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South Africa March 2016: Toyota Hilux reclaims top spot

Toyota Hilux South Africa March 2016Toyota Hilux

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The South African new vehicle market steps on the brakes in March with sales down a harsh 14% to just 47.631 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 10% to 144.352 units. Exports also suffer at -19% in March and -13% in Q1. Passenger cars are down 13% to 30.702 while light commercial vehicles are down 14% to 14.507. Toyota keeps the lead manufacturer-wise despite falling faster than the market at -21%, it distances the Volkswagen Group (-12%), Ford (-1%), Hyundai-Kia (-11%) and Nissan (-14%). GM/Isuzu suffers at -35%, BMW Group is stable while Renault (+34%), Mazda (+32%) and Jaguar Land Rover (+45%) go against the grain and post significant improvements.

Toyota Quantum South Africa March 2016Toyota Quantum

Model-wise, thanks to the new generation now finding its way across the country, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the pole position it held over the FY2015 with 3.273 sales and 6.9% and despite sales down 10%. It distances its archenemy the Ford Ranger at 3.004 units (-3%). The VW Polo Vivo still holds the year-to-date lead though at 8.379 deliveries vs. 8.306 for the Hilux and 8.122 for the Ranger. The Toyota Quantum more than doubles its sales year-on-year to shoot up to 5th place overall (1.369) with the Ford Figo at #8 (+27%) and the Renault Sandero at #17 (+60%) also displaying very strong gains.

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Toyota Hilux South Africa February 2016The new generation Toyota Hilux has landed in South Africa – 3rd so far in 2016. 

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The South African new car market is off to a struggling start in 2016 with sales down 7% in January to 48.615 registrations and down 8% in February to 48.149, pulling the year-to-date total down 8% year-to-date after two months at 96.708 units. Toyota holds 22.4% of the market in January above Volkswagen Group (17.9%) and Ford SA (13.4%) while Hyundai-Kia (-23%), Nissan (-19%) and GM/Isuzu (-21%) all drop heavily. Mazda agains 80%. In February, Toyota is at 18.2% share, Volkswagen Group at 15.8% and Ford at 13.9% with Hyundai-Kia (-15%) and GM/Isuzu (-15%) still in difficulty while Mazda improves further at +87%.

VW Polo Vivo South Africa February 2016. Picture courtesy of claremont.co.zaThe VW Polo Vivo leads the South African market so far in 2016. 

Model-wise, the start of 2016 coincides with the launch of the new generation Toyota Hilux, market leader in South Africa since 2013. Launched in February, the new gen hasn’t showed its impact on sales yet with the Hilux ranking #2 in January (+6%) but #3 in February (-27%) for a third place so far in 2016. The VW Polo Vivo takes the lead in January with an excellent 6.8% market share thanks to sales up 10% while the Ford Ranger takes the relay in February despite volumes down 10% to 5.8% share. All-in-all, the Polo Vivo remains in the lead for now in 2016 (5.970) above the Ranger (5.118) and Hilux (5.033). Other great performers include the Ford Fiesta up to #8 in January, the Chevrolet Spark up to #9, Toyota RAV4 up to #15, Renault Clio IV up to #17 and Toyota Avanza up to #19 all in that month, but all are falling back down to their usual level in February.

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South Africa Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux holds off Ford Ranger threat

Ford Ranger South Africa 2015Ford Ranger sales are up 18% in South Africa in 2015. 

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It’s a tough year in South Africa with new vehicle sales down for the second consecutive time at -4% to 617.927 registrations, handicapped by a slowdown in the domestic economy, higher interest rates and new car price inflation and despite higher incentives and a strong contribution by the car rental sector which accounted for an estimated 12.5% of new car sales during the year according to NAAMSA. The good news comes from vehicle exports reaching a new all-time high of 333.748 units, up a stunning 20.5% on 2014. 2016 is expected to be another declining year with NAAMSA predicting annual sales will plunge below the 600.000 mark for the first time since 2011 at 598.200, due to “expectations of sluggish economic growth of around 1% at best, a sharply lower value of the Rand translating into upward pressure in new vehicles price inflation, further increases in interest rates and administered prices (electricity, water, fuel) and the severe drought throughout the country also negatively affecting economic growth. Exports will continue to grow though.

Toyota Hilux South Africa July 2015. Picture courtesy sacarfan.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux retains its South African crown in 2015 despite sales down 5%.

Evolving like the market at -4%, Toyota remains the most popular carmaker in the country with just under 20% share and 123.038 sales, above the Volkswagen Group (-9%), Ford (+5%), Hyundai-Kia (-15%) and General Motors-Isuzu (-5%). For the first time in the history of BSCB I can give you a complete models ranking for South Africa including Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes and Great Wall nameplates. The Toyota Hilux is the best-selling vehicle in the country for the third year running despite sales down 5% to 35.684 but the fight was intense with the Ford Ranger, #1 year-to-date from April to June and ending 2015 up 18% and two spots to 33.920 units at #2. The new generation Hilux is in South African dealerships from January 2016 and should help the nameplate stay on top.

Mercedes C Class South Africa 2015The Mercedes C-Class is inside the South African Top 10 in 2015. 

The VW Polo Vivo (-9%) and Polo (-14%) both drop one spot, the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest remains in 5th place (+17%) while the Nissan NP200, Chevrolet Utility and Isuzu KB all gain one spot following the ‘demise’ of the Toyota Etios (-13%) now supported by the Aygo (#119). The Mercedes C-Class lodges a spending Top 10 ranking, the Hyundai Grand i10 falls just short at #11, the Ford Ecosport is up 52% to #13 and the Datsun GO ends its first full year in market at a solid 24th position with 5.647 sales. The Renault Captur is the best-selling all-new nameplate, landing directly at an excellent #41, ahead of the VW Up (#47), Opel Mokka (#70) and Land Rover Discovery Sport (#97).

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