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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

Full September 2014 Top 125 models and Top 33 brands Ranking Tables below.

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South Africa August 2014: Toyota Hilux back in charge

September 20th, 2014 2 comments

Toyota-Hilux South Africa August 2014.-Picture-courtesy-of-saudishift.com_Toyota Hilux

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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

Full August 2014 Top 100 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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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

Full July 2014 Top 100 models Ranking Table below.

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

July 22nd, 2014 4 comments

VW Polo South Africa June 2014VW Polo

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The South African new car market continues to slide in June at -1% to 52,837 registrations which brings the half-year total to 308,573 units, down 4% on 2013. Manufacturer-wise, Toyota is ahead with 9825 units, followed by Volkswagen at 9,020, Ford-Mazda at 6,110, General Motors-Isuzu at 5,491, Hyundai-Kia at 4,906 and Nissan at 3,943. But the big event lies in the models sales charts this month: for the first time in history, the VW Polo (new generation) is the most popular vehicle in the country thanks to 2,994 sales and 5.7% share, a 55 unit-advantage over the Toyota Hilux at #2. The Polo had ranked 2nd numerous times but had never been able to top the charts before, traditionally outsold by the previous generation model still on sale in South Africa in a facelifted variant and sold as the Polo Vivo (#3 this month at 5% share).

Mercedes C Class South Africa June 2014The locally produced Mercedes C-Class is up to #8 in South Africa this month.

Apart from this momentous change, the rest of the Top 7 is identical to May but the Mercedes C-Class surges 4 spots to 8th position with 1,421 sales and 2.7% share, a full percentage point above its year-to-date level. Notice also the Toyota Corolla solid at #5 and 4% share vs. 2.9% year-to-date and now #6, the Nissan Qashqai up a further 3 ranks to #21 vs. #33 so far this year, the Jeep Compass up to #34 and the Honda Ballade (aka City) up to #36.

Previous month: South Africa May 2014: Toyota Corolla and Renault Sandero up

One year ago: South Africa June 2013: VW Polo Vivo back in charge

Full June 2014 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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South Africa May 2014: Toyota Corolla & Renault Sandero up

June 7th, 2014 1 comment

Renault Sandero South Africa May 2014. Picture courtesy of auto.amRenault Sandero (Armenian model shown)

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The South African new car market is showing no sign of recovery, down another 9% year-on-year in May to just 49 465 units which brings the year-to-date total to 255,736 sales, down 5% on 2013. One of the reasons for this decline – apart from the economic slowdown that affects the country – is the rise of new car prices, up 7% over the First Quarter of 2014 while used cars depreciated a little. In the manufacturer ranking, Toyota leads the race with 9,378 sales ahead of Volkswagen at 8,358, Hyundai/Kia at 5,441, Ford at 5,217 and General Motors at 5,008.

Toyota Corolla South Africa May 2014Toyota Corolla

Model-wise, the Top 4 is unchanged on April and year-to-date with the Toyota Hilux in pole position at 2,637 units and 5.3% share followed by the VW Polo Vivo (5%), VW Polo (4.7%) and Ford Ranger (4.1%). Excellent month for the Toyota Corolla up 4 spots on April to #5 whereas the Toyota Etios is down 3 to a lowest-ever #10. Note the previous generation Corolla remains on sale in South Africa, renamed Corolla Quest. Notice also the Mercedes C-Class up a further 3 ranks to #12, the Renault Sandero up 5 to #18 thanks to the new model, the Ford Ecosport maintaining itself inside the Top 20 at #19 and the Nissan Qashqai up 15 to #24.

Previous month: South Africa April 2014: Ford Ranger and Ecosport strong

One year ago: South Africa May 2013: VW Polo passes old mate Polo Vivo

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South Africa April 2014: Ford Ranger and Ecosport strong

May 9th, 2014 2 comments

Ford Ecosport South Africa April 2014. Picture courtest of themotorreport.com.auFord Ecosport

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New car sales in South Africa are down a painful 11% year-on-year in April to 46,070 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 206,271 units, down 5% on 2013. The perspectives for the rest of the year are unfortunately equally as gloomy as the difficulty economic context and a price hike that seems inevitable due to the weakness of the local currency will play a role in keeping car sales in South Africa a little wobbly in 2014. The Toyota Hilux continues to reign supreme over the models sales charts with another 2,457 sales and 5.3% in April, followed by the VW Polo Vivo at 5%, VW Polo at 4.7% and the Ford Ranger once again very robust at 3.9%. After ranking on the podium last month, the Toyota Etios has a very rare absent moment: down to #7 in April. The Ford Ecosport impresses: up 25 spots on March to #16, its 2nd best-ever ranking in South Africa.

Previous month: South Africa March 2014: Toyota Etios on podium

One year ago: South Africa April 2013: Toyota Hilux and Mercedes A-Class shine

Full April 2014 Top 100 models and Top 35 groups Ranking Tables below.

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South Africa March 2014: Toyota Etios on podium

April 3rd, 2014 3 comments

Toyota Etios South Africa March 2014Toyota Etios

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The South African new car market is down 0.2% year-on-year in March to 55,363 registrations, bringing the first Quarter total to 160,138 units, down 3% on 2013. The Toyota Hilux is more dominant than ever here with 3,415 sales and 6.2% share this month, over 1.5 percentage point above the #2, the VW Polo Vivo at 2,553 units and 4.6%. The Toyota Etios brilliantly climbs onto the South African podium for the 5th time since launch at #3 with 2,364 sales and 4.3%, its 2nd best monthly market share ever.

Renault Sandero South Africa March 2014Renault Sandero

Other great performers this month in the country include the Renault Duster and Sandero both up 7 spots to #20 and #22 respectively, the Nissan NV350 up 59 to #29 and the BMW 2 Series landing at #73 with 124 sales for its first month in market.

Previous month: South Africa March 2014: Toyota Hilux reclaims leadership

One year ago: South Africa March 2013: Toyota Hilux reclaims throne

Full March 2014 Top 120 models and Top 34 brands Ranking Tables below.

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South Africa February 2014: Toyota Hilux reclaims leadership

March 8th, 2014 No comments

Toyota Hilux South Africa February 2014. Picture courtesy of FlickrToyota Hilux

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Second consecutive month of year-on-year decline for new car sales in South Africa, down 3% to 51,814 registrations (exports are down 19%!), which brings the year-to-date total to 104,848 units, down 5% on 2013. The Top 9 carmakers are unchanged, led by Toyota, Volkswagen Group and Hyndai-Kia. Down to third position in January, the Toyota Hilux now reclaims its throne both in February thanks to 3,419 sales and 6.6% share and year-to-date at 6,191 units and 5.9%. The VW Polo remains #2 with 2,885 sales and 5.6% while the VW Polo Vivo is down two spots to #3 and 2,531 units. The Ford Ranger (#4) and Toyota Etios (#5) exchange positions vs. January while the Mercedes C-Class is up 6 ranks to knock at the Top 10’s door in 11th place.

BMW X5 South Africa February 2014BMW X5

Ford Ikon South Africa February 2014Ford Ikon

Further down, notice the spectacular performance of the BMW X5 up a huge 85 spots on January to land in 21st position with 461 sales and 0.9% share, just below the Renault Clio at #19 vs. #30 over the Full Year 2013. Other great performers this month in South Africa include the Audi A3 at #23, Chevrolet Sonic at #24, Nissan Almera up 34 ranks to #25 and the Ford Ikon up 71 ranks to #33.

Previous month: South Africa January 2014: VW Polo Vivo #1, Chevrolet Spark in Top 10

One year ago: South Africa February 2013: Toyota Etios back on podium

Full February 2014 Top 140 models and Top 35 brands Ranking Tables below.

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South Africa January 2014: VW Polo Vivo #1, Chevy Spark in Top10

February 5th, 2014 5 comments

Chevrolet Spark South Africa January 2014The Chevrolet Spark breaks into the South African Top 10 for the first time this month.

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The South African new car market is down a harsh 7% year-on-year in January to 53,025 registrations. Toyota passes Volkswagen to become the #1 carmaker in the country with 20.1% share vs. 19.6%, while Hyundai-Kia is down 25% but stays #3 just above Ford up a splendid 41%. The VW Polo Vivo dominates the models ranking for the 2nd month running thanks to 2,965 sales and 5.6% share while its younger sister the VW Polo is back up 4 spots on December to land at an excellent 2nd place with 5.3% share vs. 4.3% over the Full Year 2013. As a result, the Toyota Hilux, leader in 2013, is kicked down to third position at 2,772 units and 5.2%.

Audi A3 South Africa January 2014. Picture courtesy of autobild.deAudi A3

The Toyota Etios continues to feature among the most popular vehicles in South Africa with astonishing regularity: January 2014 is its 20th consecutive month inside the Top 6! One of the heroes of the month is the Chevrolet Spark, up 16 ranks on December to break into the monthly South African Top 10 for the very first time at #10 with 1,177 sales and 2.2%. Other great performers in January include the Audi A3 up 29 spots to #19 (potentially helped by the sedan version produced locally), the Ford Ecosport up 4 to #20, the Toyota RAV4 up a further two ranks to #23, Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up up 7 to #26, Jeep Grand Cherokee up 25 spots to #32 and the Mercedes CLA up 43 to #46.

Previous post: South Africa Full Year 2013: Toyota Hilux leads, Etios up to #4

One year ago: South Africa January 2013: VW Polo Vivo takes off to 7.4% share

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

January 10th, 2014 4 comments

Toyota Etios Liva South Africa 2013Toyota Etios

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New car sales in South Africa are up 4% year-on-year to 650,620 registrations. We have a new leader in the models ranking this year, with the Toyota Hilux taking the lead thanks to sales down ‘just’ 9% to 37,495 sales and 5.8%. The VW Polo Vivo is dethroned, down 15% to 35,041 units and 5.4% while the VW Polo rounds up the podium like in 2012 with 27,953 sales and 4.3%, down 13% on 2012. But the big event this year in South Africa is the undeniable success of the Toyota Etios, up 4 spots and 33% year-on-year to land in 4th place with 24,367 units and 3.7% share, peaking at #2 in November, thus making South Africa pretty much the only country in the world where the Etios is actually successful.

Toyota Hilux South Africa 2013The Toyota Hilux is the most popular vehicle in South Africa in 2013.

The Ford Ranger shines at #5, up two spots and 5% on 2012, with all remaining models in the Top 10 in sharp decline year-on-year. Further down, notice the Mercedes C-Class back in the ranking at #12 with an estimated 12,650 sales and 1.9% share, the Ford Fiesta up 30% to #15, Ford Focus up 24% to #21, VW Tiguan up 16% to #29, the Renault Clio IV landing directly to #30, the Honda Brio jumping up to #32, Chevrolet Trailblazer up to #35, Ford Ecosport making its appearance at #41, Nissan Almera at #47 and Renault Duster at #53.

Previous post: South Africa November 2013: Toyota Etios up to best-ever #2

One year ago: South Africa December 2012: Ford Ranger breaks records again

Previous year: South Africa Full Year 2012: VW Polo Vivo snaps up top spot

Two years ago: South Africa Full Year 2011: Toyota Hilux edges VW Polo Vivo out

December Top 100 and Full Year 2013 Top 50 models Ranking Tables below.

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