South Africa October 2017: VW Polo Vivo snaps top spot, market up 4.6%

The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling nameplate in South Africa in October. 

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The South African new car market is up year-on-year for the 5th consecutive month at +4.6% in October to 51.037 registrations, lifting the year-to-date tally up 1.7% to 467.212 units. Passenger cars are up 7.9% to 35.316, with rental sales accounting for 26.1% of this total, while light commercials are down 1.7% to 13.376. Toyota beats the market at +11% to a strong 24.1% share vs. 22.7% so far this year, whereas the Volkswagen Group (-2%) and Ford (-12%) both decline. Hyundai-Kia (+17%), Nissan (+32%), Renault (+51%) and Mazda (+15%) all shine inside the Top 10 while beyond, Suzuki (+151%), Jaguar Land Rover (+40%), Mitsubishi (+37%) and Chinese JMC (+38%) make themselves noticed.

Over in the models ranking, the valiant VW Polo Vivo snaps the top spot for the first time since last January thanks to sales up 6% to 5.7%. The Ford Ranger (-4%) lurks 42 sales below while the Toyota Hilux drops 11% to 4.9% but maintains its YTD leadership at 29.797 sales vs. 27.072 for the Ranger. The Toyota Corolla (+8%) and Etios (+35%) both post solid results, while the Isuzu KB (+47%), Kia Picanto (+70%), Toyota RAV4 (+144%), Kia Rio (+80%), Renault Clio (+191%) and VW Golf (+92%) also shine. The Ford Everest surges 379%, the Nissan Almera is up 272% and the Renault Kwid leads recent launches (<12 months) at #24 above the Hyundai Creta (#30), Toyota C-HE (#48) and the Range Rover Velar up to a fantastic 61st position.

Previous month: South Africa September 2017: Toyota Hilux up 30% in market up 7%

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

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South Africa September 2017: Toyota Hilux up 30% in market up 7%

The Toyota Hilux holds just under 8% of the South African market in September. 

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The South African new vehicle market posts a 4th consecutive month of year-on-year gains in September at +7% to 50.675 registrations, lifting the year-to-date total up 1.3% to 416.206 units. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country but trails the market at +3%, as does the Volkswagen Group at #2 and +0.2%. On the other hand Ford (+8%) and Hyundai-Kia (+9%) beat the market slightly. Nissan continues to obliterate the competition with a 75% surge to 10.1% share in 5th place, with Renault the only other manufacturer managing a double-digit gain in the Top 10 at +35%. General Motors/Isuzu (-24%) and the BMW Group (-12%) struggle. Further down, Iveco (+58%), Suzuki (+84%) and Great Wall (+664%) show outstanding health.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux cements its lead further with a 30% year-on-year gain leading to a 7.9% market share vs. 6.6% so far this year. The VW Polo Vivo (+4%), Ford Ranger, VW Polo (-4% both) and Toyota Corolla (-10%) round up the Top 5 above three high performing nameplates: the Nissan NP200 (+61%), Ford Fiesta (+22%) and Isuzu KB (+46%). The Kia Picanto (+76%), Nisan NP300 Hardbody (+61%), Kia Rio (+60%), Datsun Go (+75%), Ford Everest (+440%) and Ford Figo (+152%) also post spectacular gains, while the Renault Kwid (#16), Hyundai Creta (#28), Suzuki Ignis (#75) and Opel Mokka X (#81) dominate recent launches (<12 months).

Previous month: South Africa August 2017: Nissan up 40%, Hilux leads in market up 6.5%

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

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South Africa August 2017: Nissan up 40%, Hilux lead in market up 6.5%

Nissan NP200 sales are up 23% year-on-year in August in South Africa. 

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New vehicle sales up 6.5% in August to 49.222 mean the South African market is now in positive year-to-date at +0.6% to 366.316 units. Toyota (+4%) remains by far the most popular manufacturer in the country ahead of the Volkswagen Group (-5%) and Ford (+18%) while Nissan soars 40% in 4th place and Hyundai-Kia (-2%) rounds up the Top 5. In fact, the Top 16 manufacturers are unchanged on July, with Renault (+42%), Suzuki (+99%) and Great Wall (+585%) the most dynamic. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux (+10%) confirms its newly reacquired #1 status over the Ford Ranger (+15%) with the VW Polo Vivo (-12%) and Polo (-0.4%) in tow as per the YTD order. The Nissan NP200 (+23%), Toyota Quantum (+18%) and Nissan NP300 Hardbody (+45%) sign the largest year-on-year gains inside the Top 10 while the all-new Renault Kwid stabilises at #15. The Ford Everest (+362%), Figo (+173%), Hyundai Tucson (+208%) and Nissan Almera (+537%) also shine.

Previous month: South Africa July 2017: Toyota Hilux reclaims YTD lead

One year ago: South Africa August 2016: Hilux and Fortuner keep Toyota afloat

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South Africa July 2017: Toyota Hilux reclaims YTD lead

The Toyota Hilux is back in command of the South African market. 

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The South African new vehicle market is up an encouraging 4.1% year-on-year to 46.719 registrations, with new cars up 6.2% to 30.826 whereas light commercials edge up 1.7% to 13.774. This means the year-to-date tally is now down just 0.3% to 316.386 deliveries. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country in spite of a slight 1% drop to 21.7% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group (+8%) at 15.8%, Ford (-7%) at 11.9% and Nissan soaring 49% to 10.5% share vs. 8.9% YTD. Renault (+72%), Suzuki (+62%) and Great Wall (+191%) all post spectacular gains.

In the lead for the first time since last March, the Toyota Hilux (-2%) also reclaims the year-to-date pole position off the Ford Ranger (-0.2%) at 19.927 sales (-5%) vs. 19.314 (+4%). The VW Polo Vivo is up 8% to second place while the VW Polo is up 2% to remain at #4. Excellent performances of the Toyota Corolla (+19%), Nissan NP200 (+50%) and NP300 Hardbody (+87%). The Renault Kwid is once again the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) at #14, but the Hyundai Creta is catching up: leaping from #141 in June to #21 this month. The Datsun GO+ (#57), Toyota C-HR (#64) and Honda BR-V (#73) are the next best-selling newcomers.

Previous month: South Africa June 2017: Ford Ranger holds onto slim lead over Toyota Hilux

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

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South Africa June 2017: Ranger holds onto slim lead over Hilux

The Ford Ranger is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa for the third month running. 

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New vehicle sales in South Africa edge up 0.9% year-on-year in June to 45.369 registrations, yet the year-to-date tally is down 1.3% halfway through the year at 269.006. The Top 4 manufacturers all beat the market, resulting in improved market shares: Toyota is up 10% to 23.2%, the Volkswagen Group is up 4% to 16.4%, Ford is up 1% to 11.8% and Nissan up 24% to 9%. Reversely, Hyundai-Kia is down 1%, General Motors/Isuzu down 20% and Mercedes down 11%. Other great performers include Renault up 14%, Mazda up 24%, Suzuki up 12%, Mahindra up 24% and Great Wall up 122%. Model-wise, the Ford Ranger signs a third consecutive month in pole position with a 172-unit advantage over the Toyota Hilux, lifting its year-to-date lead to 187, still incredibly tight. The VW Polo Vivo (+6%) remains in third place above the VW Polo (-5%), Toyota Corolla (+9%) and Quantum (+29%), replicating the YTD order. Also to be noticed, the Nissan NP300 Hardbody surges 70% to #10 and the Renault Kwid is down one spot to a still excellent 13th place (the French brand’s best-seller). Among recent launches, the Toyota C-HR is down 7 spots to #57, the Suzuki Ignis up 35 to #64 and the Datsun GO+ down 24 to #67.

BMW Group sales data will be added when made available.

Previous month: South Africa May 2017: Ford Ranger edges ahead in market down 3%

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

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South Africa May 2017: Ford Ranger edges ahead in market down 3%

The Ford Ranger is 15 units above the Toyota Hilux year-to-date in SA. Picture cars.co.za 

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South Africa is back on BSCB, with February, March and April data added to this post. We will focus here on May results. This month the South African new vehicle market is down 2.6% year-on-year to 41.783 registrations, leading to a year-to-date tally down 1.7% to 223.664 units. May exports are down sharply at -12% to 29.596 units. Looking at sales by channels, in May 37 686 units or 90.2% are dealer sales, 5.1% are rental sales, 3.2% are corporate fleet and 1.5% government sales. Passenger car sales are down 2.5% to 26.317 units and light commercial vehicle sales are down 1.5% to 13.410. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country with stable sales leading to a 23% market share, almost eight percentage points of share above the Volkswagen Group down 4% to 15.3%. Ford (-14%) and Hyundai-Kia (-7%) lose market share but Nissan surges 15% to round out the Top 5 like it does year-to-date. Notice also Renault up 28% and Honda up 7%.

The Renault Kwid is at a best-ever 12th place in SA this month. Picture cars.co.za 

The race for the pole position of the models ranking has been extremely tight so far this year. The Toyota Hilux took the lead in February and March while the Ford Ranger was #1 in April for just five units. The Ranger reiterates this win in May thanks to deliveries up 3%, distancing the Toyota Hilux (-13%) for 117 sales. This is enough for the Ranger to snap the year-to-date lead off the Hilux by a mere 15 units. The valiant VW Polo Vivo (-8%) is on the third step of the podium both in May and year-to-date above the Toyota Corolla (+26%) and VW Polo (-20%). The Isuzu KB (+19%), Chevrolet Utility (+17%) and Nissan NP200 (+20%) also shine in the Top 10 while the Renault Kwid posts its best-ever ranking in South Africa at #12 – also hit last December.

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

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

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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.

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

One year ago: South Africa January-February 2016 with All-models rankings

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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

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

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

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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%

One year ago: South Africa November 2015 with All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

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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%

One year ago: South Africa October 2015: Discover the All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

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