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South Africa April 2015: Ford Ranger takes control

May 8th, 2015 No comments

Ford Ranger South Africa April 2015Ford Ranger

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The new vehicle market in South Africa is down 3% year-on-year in April to 44.503 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 204.529 deliveries, down 0.8% on 2014. If the entire manufacturer Top 8 ranking is unchanged on March with Toyota, Volkswagen and Ford at the lead, the surprise comes from the models ranking this month. The Ford Ranger shoots up to pole position with 3.095 sales and 7%, that’s the Ranger’s 6th time above 3.000 monthly units in the past 7 months and its all-time high market share in South Africa. This astonishing score earns the Ranger the year-to-date pole position, edging past its archenemy the Toyota Hilux at 11.645 units vs. 11.432. The VW Polo and Toyota Corolla overtake the VW Polo Vivo to rank #3 and #4 respectively while the Datsun GO is back up 11 ranks to a best-ever 15th place. Among recent newcomers, the Land Rover Discovery Sport lands at #119, the Citroen C4 Cactus is up 38 spots to #127 and the Changan Star arrives at #138.

Previous month: South Africa March 2015: Nissan NP200 and Ford Ecosport strong

One year ago: South Africa April 2014: Ford Ranger and Ecosport strong

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South Africa March 2015: Nissan NP200 and Ford Ecosport strong

April 14th, 2015 No comments

Nissan NP200 South Africa March 2015Nissan NP200 Stealth Special Edition

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Like in February, new vehicle sales in South Africa display remarkable year-on-year stability masking economic troubles and rising inflation: up 9 units (!) on March 2014 to 55,449 registrations and down 0.07% over the first quarter of 2015 to 160,059 deliveries. Toyota tops the manufacturer ranking with just under 20% market share ahead of Volkswagen Group (15.1%) and Ford (12.4%) while Hyundai-Kia (9.8%) and General Motors/Isuzu (9.2%) round up the Top 5. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux cements its domination this year with 3,625 sales and 6.5% above the Ford Ranger (5.6%) and VW Polo Vivo (5.1%) but the performer of the month is the Nissan NP200 (aka previous gen Dacia Logan pick-up) lifted by a Stealth Special Edition up to #4 with 1,956 sales and 3.5%. The Ford Ecosport for its part lodges a third consecutive month inside the Top 10, the Datsun GO is down 10 spots on February to #26 and the Opel Mokka makes its first appearance in the SA Top 100 at #54.

Previous month: South Africa February 2015: Toyota Hilux edges out Ford Ranger

One year ago: South Africa March 2014: Toyota Etios on podium

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South Africa February 2015: Toyota Hilux edges out Ford Ranger

March 4th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Hilux Ford Ranger South Africa February 2015. Picture courtesy topcar.co.zaThe Toyota Hilux is just 19 units above the Ford Ranger in South Africa this month. 

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The new vehicle market is up 1% year-on-year in February to 52,368 registrations, a score almost identical to January sales (52,306), with the year-to-date total itself almost identical to that of a year ago at 104,674 vs. 104,848. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country even though its market share slips two percentage points on January to 19.4%. It is followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16%, Ford at 12.1%, Hyundai-Kia at 11.2% and General Motors at 9.1%.

Ford Ecosport South Africa February 2015. Picture courtesy Flickr.com2nd consecutive month inside the South African Top 10 for the Ford Ecosport.

The race for the models pole position was extremely tight this month and it involved two pickups: the Toyota Hilux wins with 3,097 sales and 5.9% share, a 19-unit advantage on the Ford Ranger. The strength of both nameplate’s February results push them to #1 and #2 in the year-to-date ranking as well, overtaking January’s leader the VW Polo Vivo, down to #3 in February. Both the VW Polo and Toyota Etios gain one spot on last month to #4 and #5 respectively while the Toyota Corolla is down 3 to #6.

VW Up South Africa February 2015The VW Up lands directly at #20 for its first month in market.

Further down we have 3 great performers worth singling out. Firstly, the Ford Ecosport lodges its 2nd consecutive Top 10 month at an excellent 9th place with 1,318 sales and 2.5% share, making it the brand’s 2nd best-seller below just the Ranger. The Datsun GO, struggling in India but finding its target market in South Africa, improves two spots to a best-ever #16 and finally the VW Up making its very first appearance in the South African sales charts, landing directly at a beautiful 20th spot with 491 sales, slotting it just under 1% market share.

Previous month: South Africa January 2015: Toyota Corolla third, Ford Ecosport cracks Top 10

One year ago: South Africa March 2014: Toyota Hilux reclaims leadership

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South Africa January 2015: Corolla third, Ford Ecosport cracks Top10

February 5th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Corolla South Africa January 2015

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New vehicle sales start in negative territory in South Africa at -1% in January to 52,306 units. Passenger cars are down 4% but Light Commercial Vehicles up 6%. It would appear that the decline in sales could be attributed for al are part to a 10% drop in activity in the rental market. “Rental companies seem to be shifting their replacement cycle to the second half of the year – as we saw in the last six months of 2014,” said Rudolf Mahoney, head of research at WesBank. It’s worth noting that the South African new vehicle market is skewed heavily towards private sales, these accounting for 82% of the overall market in January vs. 11% for rental vehicle companies, 4% to corporate fleets and 3% to government. In comparison, private sales represent just 36% of the market in Germany and 55% in France.

Ford Ecosport South Africa January 2015. Picture courtest of themotorreport.com.auFirst Top 10 ranking in South Africa for the Ford Ecosport.

The VW Polo Vivo, #2 over the Full Year 2014, is the best-selling nameplate in the country for the 4th time in the past 5 months thanks to 3,002 sales and 5.7% share, relegating the Toyota Hilux far below in 2nd place at 2,605 units and 5%. Boosted by the new model now in cruising mode, the Toyota Corolla/Auris climbs onto the podium with 2,464 sales and 4.7% share, knocking the Ford Ranger down to #4 and the VW Polo down to #5, while its stablemate the Toyota Etios also lodges a strong month in 6th place with 3.5% share. The main event in the Top 10 is the arrival for the first time of the Ford Ecosport, up 3 spots on December to land at an excellent 9th place with 1,218 sales and 2.3%, now counting South Africa as one of its successful markets along with Brazil, Argentina and India and unlike Europe.

Datsun Go South Africa January 2015. Picture courtesy of cars.co.zaThe Datsun GO is up to a best-ever #18 in January.

Another model breaking its South African ranking record this month is the Datsun GO, up 4 ranks on December to a best-ever #18 with 604 sales and 1.2% share. These are relieving results for Nissan after a very wobbly career for the GO in India so far. Other notable improvements further down the ranking include the BMW 2 Series up 90 spots on last month to #43 now that the Active Tourer variant has hit dealerships and the BMW X4 up 12 to #75. Finally, we welcome the Suzuki Celerio at #100 with 53 units sold for its first month in market.

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South Africa Full Year 2014: Hilux #1, Ranger and Corolla shine

January 16th, 2015 No comments

Toyota Hilux South Africa 2014. Picture courtesy of caradvice.com.auToyota Hilux

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The South African new vehicle market is down just 0.7% year-on-year in 2014 to 644,523 registrations, a solid performance in an uncertain economic climate and despite industrial action over the course of the year, rising inflation and interest rates. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer with 127,534 sales and just under 20% market share ahead of Volkswagen Group at 16.7%, Ford at 11.6%, Hyundai-Kia at 10.8% and General Motors at 9.6%. Local assemblers Mercedes (5.7%) and BMW (4.1%) continue to be strong in South Africa.

VW Polo Vivo South Africa 2014. Picture courtesy of claremont.co.zaThe VW Polo Vivo is assembled locally.

This year and for the first time on BSCB I give you an All-models ranking for South Africa (compared to a Top 50 in 2013), keeping in mind Hyundai, Kia and Great Wall do not communicate sales by model here, and Mercedes reverted to not sharing that type of data either over the last 2 months of the year. In this context, the models podium is unchanged on 2013, with the Toyota Hilux is pole position with 5.8% of the market, followed by the VW Polo Vivo at 5.4% and the VW Polo at 4.6%. The Ford Ranger is up 45% and one spot to #4 and even managed to snap up the top spot in November.

Ford Ecosport South Africa 2014. Picture courtesy of largus.frThe Ford Ecosport is inside the South African Top 20 for its first full year.

Boosted by the new model, the Toyota Corolla is up 43% and 4 ranks to #5 with 21,265 sales, knocking the Toyota Etios down 23% to #6. Further down, notice the Chevrolet Spark up 29% to #15, the Ford Ecosport up threefold to #18 for its first full year in market, the Renault Sandero up 38% to #20, Renault Clio IV up 50% to #21, the Audi A3 shooting up to #23 thanks to the new sedan, the Toyota RAV4 up to #25 and the Renault Duster up 252% to #27. The Datsun GO lands at #68 and peaked at #20 in November.

Previous month: South Africa November 2014: Ford Ranger #1 for the first time

One year ago: South Africa Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux leads, Etios up to #4

Two years ago: South Africa Full Year 2012: VW Polo Vivo snaps up top spot

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South Africa November 2014: Ford Ranger #1 for the first time

December 9th, 2014 No comments

Ford Ranger South Africa November 2014The Ford Ranger is the outright best-selling vehicle in South Africa this month.

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For the third consecutive month, South African new vehicle sales display an encouraging positive trend: +1% year-on-year in November to 51,098 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 593,076 deliveries, now down by just 1.6% on 2013. Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford and Hyundai-Kia are the best-selling manufacturers once again, with Nissan overtaking General Motors/Isuzu for 5th place this month. Critical event in the models ranking: the Ford Ranger jumps past both its archenemy the Toyota Hilux and the VW Polo Vivo to land in the overall pole position for the first time ever in the nameplate’s career! It sells a record 3,054 units for an all-time high 6% market share, the culmination of consistently outstanding performances over the past 12 months: #5 twice in a row (December 2013-January 2014) then up to a best-ever #4 for 6 consecutive months (February-July 2014) to finally break onto the South African podium for 3 months in a row (August-October 2014). The Ranger lifts its South African record ranking directly from #3 to #1 this month.

Datsun Go South Africa November 2014. Picture courtesy of cars.co.zaThe Datsun Go breaks into the South African Top 20 this month.

As a result of this coup, the Toyota Hilux remains #2 at 5.7% share and the VW Polo Vivo is knocked down two spots to #3 and 4.5%. Year-to-date however the ranking stays unchanged with the Hilux in the lead (5.8%) ahead of the Polo Vivo (5.2%) and Polo (4.6%) while the Ranger ranks 4th at 4.3%. Excellent performance of the Nissan NP300 up one percentage point on its YTD level at #4 and 3.8%, the Toyota Quantum up 3 to #7 and Ford Ecosport up 4 to #12. Finally, for its second full month of sales in the country the Datsun Go already breaks into the South African Top 20 at #20 thanks to 461 sales giving it just under 1% market share. Promising.

Previous month: South Africa October 2014: Datsun Go almost in Top 20

One year ago: South Africa November 2013: Toyota Etios up to best-ever #2

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South Africa October 2014: Datsun Go almost in Top 20

November 27th, 2014 1 comment

Datsun Go South Africa October 2014Datsun Go

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For the second month in a row, new car sales in South Africa buck the overall economic trend in the country, gaining 5% year-on-year to 59,262 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 542,048 units, now down just 1% on 2013. The market is lifted by light commercial vehicles (read pickup trucks) up 14% year-on-year vs. just 2% for passenger cars. The VW Polo Vivo resists in pole position thanks to 3,491 sales or 70 more than the Toyota Hilux, that is however not enough to topple the Hilux from its YTD pedestal at 31,322 units vs. 28,830 for the Polo Vivo. The Ford Ranger brilliantly holds onto the third spot thanks to 3,045 sales and 5.1% share, while the Mercedes C-Class is up a further two spot on September to a splendid 6th place at 1,789 units and 3% and the Renault Sandero continues to progress at #14 and 1.5%.

Mercedes C Class South Africa October 2014. Picture courtesy of whatcar.co.ukThe Mercedes C-Class is up to #6 this month.

But the big event this month in South Africa is the Datsun Go up 95 spots for its first full month of sales in the country to a world-best #21 with 583 sales and 1% market share. Its previous best was #22 hit last April in India, where it has since receded to outside the Top 40. Let’s not read too much yet into this early success as South African sales charts can tend to be front-loaded for new models, but this is surely a good sign. It is however not (yet?) the best ranking reached by a Datsun model since the brand has been relaunched earlier this year, this honour goes to the Datsun Go+ MPV up to #11 in Indonesia last September.

Previous month: South Africa September 2014: Mercedes GLA and CLA both in Top 50

One year ago: South Africa October 2013: Mercedes CLA at world-best!

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South Africa September 2014: Mercedes GLA & CLA both in Top 50

October 6th, 2014 1 comment

Mercedes GLA South Africa September 2014. Picture courtesy of autoblog.hrMercedes GLA

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In spite of the difficult economic situation currently affecting the country, new car sales in South Africa are actually up year-on-year in September and for the first time so far in 2014 by a very robust 11.5% to 60,854 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 482,786 units, down just 1.5% on 2013 which is a great performance in the current context. The VW Polo Vivo is back atop the models sales charts thanks to a very strong 7% market share this month, however this is not enough to dislodge the Toyota Hilux from its year-to-date pedestal at 27,901 units and 5.8% vs. 25,339 and 5.2% for the Polo Vivo. The Ford Ranger manages a second straight month on the South African podium with a brilliant 2,629 sales and 4.3%, while the Toyota Corolla overtakes its lil sis the Etios year-to-date to rank 5th.

VW Polo Vivo South Africa August 2014The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling model in South Africa this month.

Excellent showing of the locally-produced Mercedes C-Class up 5 spots on August to #8 with 2.5% share, of the Ford Figo up to #9, Ford Fiesta up 6 ranks to #11, Chevrolet Aveo at #19 vs. #29 year-to-date, Honda Brio up 11 to #23, Ford Ikon at #30. Finally, the performance of the month is delivered by German manufacturer Mercedes: it places the GLA compact SUV and the CLA compact sedan, both launched within the past year, inside the Top 50 in September: the former at a record-breaking #45 with 236 sales and the latter just below at #46 with 230 units. A stunning performance for two dearly-priced models in this market.

Datsun Go South Africa September 2014 for . Picture courtesy of What Car IndiaFirst month of sales in South Africa for the Datsun Go

Outside the Top 50, we welcome 3 important launches this month in South Africa. Landing directly at a promising 75th position, the BMW X4 sells 111 units, while the Honda Mobilio arrives exactly at the same level as its rival the Suzuki Ertiga in 105th place with 63 sales. Finally, Datsun returns to Africa with the launch of the Go in South Africa, its third country with official sales so far after India and Indonesia. Very shy for now at just 51 units sold in September but this should improve vastly over the coming months.

Previous month: South Africa August 2014: Toyota Hilux back in charge

One year ago: South Africa September 2013: Ford Ecosport up to #13

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South Africa August 2014: Toyota Hilux back in charge

September 20th, 2014 2 comments

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The South African new car market is holding pretty well given the difficult context in which it is currently evolving (social unrest and galloping car price inflation), down just 1% year-on-year in August to 55,722 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 421,932 units, down 4% on 2013. After two months in second place below the VW Polo, the Toyota Hilux is back in charge of the South African models ranking in August thanks to 3,238 sales and 5.8% share, cementing its year-to-date pole position at 23,994 units and 5.7% vs. 21,076 and 5.1% for the VW Polo Vivo, also back to #2 this month. The VW Polo ends its historical run atop the sales charts abruptly: down 3 spots to #4 and just 4.1% share which means the Ford Ranger upgrades to a podium ranking at #3, potentially the nameplate’s best-ever ranking in the country! Notice also the locally-produced BMW 3 Series up 5 ranks on July to #10, the Ford Ecosport solid at #18, Chevrolet Aveo up 9 to #19, Ford Kuga up 5 to #21 and the BMW 1 Series up 15 to #24.

Previous month: South Africa July 2014: VW Polo confirms pole position

One year ago: South Africa August 2013: Toyota Hilux #1, Ford Ecosport lands

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South Africa July 2014: VW Polo confirms pole position

August 5th, 2014 2 comments

VW Polo South Africa July 2014The VW Polo is the most popular vehicle in South Africa for the 2nd month running.

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In spite of high levels of industrial action, rising inflation and interest rates, new car sales in South Africa are down just 0.8% year-on-year in July to 57,670 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 366,210 units, down 4% on 2013. Toyota continues to lead the manufacturers ranking just below 20% share, ahead of VW Group (17%), Hyundai-Kia (11.8%), Ford-Mazda (11.5%) and GM-Isuzu (10.1%). Model-wise, we are witnessing a major shift atop the sales charts: after leading the way for the first time last month, the VW Polo confirm it is the new favourite of South African consumers by ranking #1 once again thanks to 3,330 sales and 5.8% share, also overtaking the Polo Vivo to now rank #2 year-to-date at 18,615 units and 5.1%. The Toyota Hilux remains 2nd this month at 3,117 sales and 5.4%, still topping the ytd charts at 20,756 units and 5.6%.

Ford Ecosport South Africa July 2014Ford Ecosport

Below, both the Ford Ranger (4.4%) and Toyota Corolla (3.8%) lodge higher shares than their year-to-date levels, the Toyota Etios is back up to #6, the Mercedes C-Class is very solid at #10 and 2.4% vs. 1.8% year-to-date and the Ford Ecosport hits its best ranking since September 2013 at #14. Notice also the Nissan Qashqai at #23, the Nissan NV350 at #50, BMW 4 Series at #46, Mercedes GLA at #61 and BMW 2 Series at #79. Among newcomers, let’s point out the Mitsubishi Mirage at #86, the Fiat 500L at #112 and Porsche Macan at #120.

Previous month: South Africa June 2014: VW Polo takes the lead for the first time

One year ago: South Africa July 2013: VW Polo Vivo now in the lead year-to-date

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