South Africa January 2017: Market up, VW Polo Vivo and Polo on top

The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa in January. 

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The South African new vehicle market start 2017 on the right foot: up 3.7% year-on-year in January to 50.333 units. According to NAAMSA, 35 379 units or 70.3% represent dealer sales, 23.8% are rental sales, 3.1% corporate fleets and 2.8% government sales. The new car market is up for the first time in 14 months at 36.794 (+4.7%) with car rental sales at a particularly strong 31.8% share, meanwhile light commercials are up 1.6% to 11.977. Toyota cements its status of most popular carmaker in the country with a 13% gain to 24.3% share this month, distancing Volkswagen Group at 16.8% (-3%), Ford at 13.2% (+2%) and Hyundai-Kia at 9.3% (+16%). Nissan (+19%), Renault (+16%), Mahindra (+57%) and Fiat (+107%) impress but Suzuki (-11%), General Motors/Isuzu (-13%) and Honda (-14%) struggle.

Toyota Fortuner sales are up 250% year-on-year this month to #8. 

In spite of deliveries down 10% year-on-year, the VW Polo Vivo reclaims the top spot of the models ranking for the first time in exactly a year – without a doubt benefitting from a strong rental month – and is followed this month by the VW Polo (+17%). The Ford Ranger (+14%) rounds up the podium ahead of the Toyota Corolla (+33%) whereas the Toyota Hilux, leader over the Full Year 2016,  sinks 14% to #5. The Toyota Etios (+19%), Ford Fiesta (+42%) and most strikingly the Toyota Fortuner (+250%) all frankly outpace the market inside the Top 10. Just outside, the Nissan NP300 Hardbody surges 81% to #11, the Hyundai Tucson remains very solid at #15, the Renault Kwid posts a third consecutive month within the 20 best-sellers at #19 and the Datsun GO+ is up 16 ranks on December to #43. In January we welcome the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #168 with 15 sales.

This ranking includes rare data for Hyundai, Kia, Great Wall and Mercedes previously unpublished online.

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South Africa Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux sovereign in market down 11%

toyota-hilux-south-africa-2016The Toyota Hilux is #1 in South Africa for the 4th year in a row. 

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As predicted by local association of manufacturers NAAMSA last year, 2016 is the second consecutive year of decline for new vehicle sales in South Africa, dipping below 600.000 annual units for the first time since 2011. The drop is much harsher than forecast though at -11% to 547.442 units. Passenger cars drop 12% to 361.273, light commercial vehicles decline 9% to 159.128 and medium/heavy commercials skid 19% to 8.447. As was already the case in 2015, the only ray of sunlight comes from exports, up 3% year-on-year to 344.822. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country, losing less ground than the market at -5% for an improver 21.4% share. It distances the Volkswagen Group (-12%), Ford (-6%), Hyundai-Kia (-9%) in an unchanged Top 4 vs. 2015 whereas Nissan (-14%) overtakes General Motors/Isuzu (-30%) for 5th overall. Mazda (+31%) post a spectacular gain to break into the Top 10, with Mahindra (+8%), Iveco (+13%), FAW Trucks (+1%) and Maserati (+133%) also in positive.

renault-kwid-south-africa-november-2016-picture-courtesy-cars-co-zaThe Renault Kwid ranked #12 in December. 

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux holds onto the pole position for the fourth consecutive year, improving its market share to 6.5% thanks to deliveries down just 1%. It even widens the gap with its archenemy the Ford Ranger down 4% to 5.9% of the market. The VW Polo Vivo (-7%), Polo (-8%) and Toyota Corolla (-30%) complete a Top 5 unchanged on 2015. The Toyota Quantum (+26%) is up 6 spots to a splendid 6th place, the Ford Fiesta is up 17% to #11, the Toyota Fortuner up 32% to #13, the Kia Picanto up 64% to #176 and the Hyundai i10 up 33% to #25. The Hyundai Tucson (#41) and Mercedes GLC (#67) are the most popular all-new nameplates for 2016 but a tiny French entry may reshuffle the Top 10 in 2017: emboldened by its tremendous success in India, the Renault Kwid landed directly at #18 in November and climbed to #12 in December…

Previous month: South Africa November 2016: Renault Kwid lands inside Top 20

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South Africa November 2016: Renault Kwid lands inside Top 20

renault-kwid-south-africa-november-2016-picture-courtesy-cars-co-zaThe Renault Kwid already ranks inside the Top 20 in South Africa.

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New vehicle sales in South Africa are down 10% year-on-year in November to 46.413 units, pulling the market down 11% year-to-date at 505.876. Toyota remains the best-selling manufacturer despite sales down 15% to 10.088, followed by Ford (+6%), the Volkswagen Group (-14%), Hyundai-Kia (+8%) and Nissan (+9%). The BMW Group (+7%), Mazda (+8%), Volvo Trucks (+11%) and Mahindra (+33%) also manage a sales increase inside the Top 15.

In the models ranking, the Ford Ranger posts a stunning 41% year-on-year gain to 3.680 sales and 7.9% share vs. a harsh 37% drop and 2.492 for its archenemy the Toyota Hilux, which however retains the YTD lead at 32.354 (-2%) vs. 29.803 (-4%) for the Ranger. The VW Polo (-14%), Toyota Corolla (-32%) and VW Polo Vivo (-12%) follow and all decline. The Chevrolet Utility (+35%), Nissan NP300 Hardbody (+74%) and Toyota Fortuner (+117%) shine, the Hyundai Tucson is up a further 4 spots to #15 but the big event this month is the landing of the Renault Kwid directly inside the Top 20 even before its official launch scheduled for early December. The small Frenchie, already a tremendous success in India, ranks #18 with over 1% of the South African market already.

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

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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.

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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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