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.

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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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South Africa January-February 2016 with All-models rankings

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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South Africa November 2015 with All-models ranking (BSCB Exclusive)

Toyota Hilux South Africa November 2015The new generation Toyota Hilux is coming in South Africa in February 2016.

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The South African new car market posts a shy 0.4% year-on-year improvement in November at 51.256 registrations, yet 2015 is headed towards a negative result at -4% after 11 months to 568.584 units. Light commercial vehicles including bakkies (South African for pickup truck) save the market this month at +1% to 15.242 while passenger cars are down 0.6% to 33.038. Toyota is up 18% to 22.9% share but the Volkswagen Group is down 4% to 13.9%, just above Ford at 13.3% (+8%). GM Isuzu overtakes Hyundai-Kia for 4th place.

Ford Figo South Africa November 2015The new model pushes the Ford Figo inside the South African Top 10.

For the fifth month running we are proud to be able to offer to you BSCB members a complete models ranking for South Africa including Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes and Great Wall nameplates which are otherwise not made public. Boosted by run-out prices before the new generation arrives in February 2016, the Toyota Hilux triumphs with 3.938 sales and 7.7% share above the new Ford Ranger at 5.1% and the facelifted Toyota Corolla/Auris at 5%, relegating the VW Polo and Polo Vivo to #4 and #5 respectively. The Toyota Quantum is up five spots on October to #6, the Ford Figo up 8 to #9, the Hyundai i20 slips out of the Top 10 at #11, the Mercedes C-Class is solid at #15, the Renault Captur up 11 to #21 while the new Toyota Aygo (#39) handicaps the Etios down to #12. The all-new Ford Everest is up 7 ranks to #56 and we welcome the Suzuki Vitara at #138 and the Mazda CX-3 at #143.

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South Africa October 2015 with All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

Ford Everest South Africa October 2015First month of sales for the all-new Ford Everest in South Africa.

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The South African new car market continues to struggle in a depressed economic context, with sales down 9% year-on-year in October to 54.244 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 4.5% to 517.322 registrations. The October figure includes 36.175 units (-11%) sold to private consumers, especially sensitive to economic prospects, and this despite ever more aggressive promotions by all actors in the industry. If last month record export numbers were balancing the picture, this time they are also down at -14% to 27.732 units, hurt notably by the Ford Ranger generation changeover. According to local publication carmag.co.za however, vehicle exports for 2015 remain on track to hit a new annual record of 335.000 (2014: 276.873). Toyota is once again the most popular manufacturer in the country despite sales down 7% to 20.6% market share, followed by the Volkswagen Group at 16.4% (-2%), Ford at 12.3%, Hyundai-Kia at 10.3% and General Motors-Isuzu at 9.8%.

Toyota Auris South Africa October 2015The Toyota Corolla/Auris is boosted by its facelift up to #2 overall in South Africa.

For the fourth month running we are proud to be able to offer you BSCB readers a complete models ranking for South Africa including Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes and Great Wall nameplates which are otherwise not made public. The VW Polo Vivo manages the rare feat of holding onto the pole position for a third consecutive month (3.170 sales) however it is stuck in third place year-to-date at 26.911 units below the Toyota Hilux (29.017) and Ford Ranger (28.398) still fighting tooth-and-nail, with the Ranger winning the race this month. Boosted by its facelift, the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest (in effect three different models) is up to 2nd place overall with 5.1% share this month.

Ford Ranger South Africa October 2015. Picture courtesy performancedrive.com.auThe Ford Ranger is back above the Toyota Hilux in October. Picture: performancedrive.com.au

Notice also the Hyundai i20 holding very strong at #9 thanks to the new model, the Renault Sandero up 5 spots on September to #15, the Land Rover Discovery Sport up 16 to #56, and two newcomers in the ranking this month: the Ford Everest landing directly at #63 with 154 sales and the VW T6 (the new generation Transporter) arriving at #94 with 88 units sold.

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South Africa September 2015: Discover the All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

Hyundai i20 South Africa September 2015The Hyundai i20 is boosted by the new generation into the South African Top 10.

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For the third consecutive month on BSCB we can now share with you complete data for South Africa, including exclusive models data for Hyundai, Kia, Great Wall and Mercedes which are traditionally not made public. The South African market continues to struggle in September at -9% to 55.322 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total down 4% to 463.106 units. 22% of the market is sold to car rental companies, an unusually high ratio as private consumers are reluctant to purchase cars in a difficult economic environment. Light Commercial vehicles are holding well however, at +0.3% year-on-year to 15.121 sales, and in contrast to the new car market, exports reached the record figure of 35.181 units, up a solid 14% on September 2014. Toyota leads the manufacturers ranking as usual with a particularly strong 21.2% market share, above the Volkswagen Group at 17.3%, Ford at 11.5% and Hyundai-Kia at 9.9%. Notice Renault up 23% to #8 and a round 2.000 sales.

Toyota Hilux South Africa September 2015Toyota Hilux

Over in the models ranking, the VW Polo Vivo signs a second consecutive month in the lead thanks to a very strong 4.180 sales and 7.6% share vs. 5.1% so far in 2015. It however remains #3 year-to-date. Now that the new model is in dealerships, the Toyota Hilux is back up 3 spots on August to #2 overall and 3.431 deliveries, reclaiming the #1 pickup spot off the Ford Ranger down to #4 and 2.865 units. The Toyota Corolla is up to #3 while the VW Polo is down to #5. Boosted by the new generation, the Hyundai i20 surges from #25 in August to #8 this month, the Renault Captur is up 14 to #27 but the Honda HR-V slips out of the Top 50 at #56.

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South Africa August 2015: Now with All-models ranking (BSCB exclusive)

Hyundai i10 South Africa August 2015For the second time at BSCB, we can share with you detailed Hyundai sales in South Africa.

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Up until a month ago the model sales detail for Hyundai, Kia, Great Wall and (on and off) Mercedes were not available publicly in South Africa. This is not the case anymore, and exclusive to BSCB we are able to share a second update on the entirety of the South African new car market including sales of all models for the aforementioned brands along with Chery and FAW. This is a significant step towards understanding fully the largest market in Africa.

Great Wall Steed 6 South Africa August 2015Great Wall Steed 6

Among the resulting newcomers in the ranking, let’s notice the locally assembled Mercedes C-Class forever solid at #12 in August and #10 year-to-date, the Hyundai Grand i10 at #13 and #11 YTD, the Kia Picanto at #18 and Kia Rio at #20. Hyundai also places the i20, Tucson, H100, i10 and Accent inside the Top 50, while on top of the C-Class Mercedes has six additional nameplates within the August Top 100. The Great Wall Steed for its part remains at a high level with just under 100 sales this month.

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South Africa August 2015: VW Polo Vivo takes control in market down 8%

VW Polo Vivo South Africa August 2015. Picture courtesy of claremont.co.zaVW Polo Vivo

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The South African market is hit 8% year-on-year in August to 51.055 registrations, pulling the year-to-date total down 3% to 407.753 units. Toyota (-9%), VW Group (-2%) and Ford (-2%) continue to dominate the manufacturers ranking while GM/Isuzu (-10%) overtakes Hyundai-Kia (-18%). The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling vehicle in the country for the first time since January thanks to 2.711 sales but remains #3 year-to-date at 19.561. The Ford Ranger edges past the Toyota Hilux (2.472 vs. 2.449) and reduces the gap to 154 units year-to-date, with the Hilux still in the lead. Notice also the Datsun GO valiant at #20, the Chevrolet Aveo up 12 spots on July to #22, the VW Up up 15 to #26, Renault Captur down two to #33, Honda HR-V up 12 to #38 and the Opel Mokka holding its own inside the South African Top 50 at #49.

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Hyundai i10 South Africa June 2015The Hyundai Grand i10 is among the 10 most popular models in South Africa.

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In South Africa, Hyundai, Kia, Great Wall and (on and off) Mercedes only share total brand sales but not models splits. For the first time in the history of BSCB we are able to share with you official sales figures for all Hyundai, Kia, Great Wall and Mercedes models for South Africa, as well as Chery and FAW. This enables us to finally understand the entirety of the South African market, giving us a fascinating insight into what are the real best-sellers in the country, without omission. The period for this new data is the First Half of 2015, and as expected Hyundai comes out in force, placing the Grand i10 at #10, the i20 at #22, the Tucson at #26, i10 at #33 and Accent at #35.

Grat Wall Steed 6 South Africa June 2015. Picture courtesy ignitionlive.co.zaThe Great Wall Steed is inside the Top 100

Mercedes for its part has the C-Class at a fantastic 11th position and the A-Class at #42 but manages to place a total of eight nameplates in the South African Top 100 so far in 2015. Kia also does very well with the Rio, Picanto and Sportage all slipping inside the Top 60. As far as Great Wall is concerned, the release of models splits uncovers a very solid performance of its Steed pickup, ranking #84 so far in 2015 and accounting for 56% of the brand’s sales in the country. Notice also the FAW V2 at #100, the Chery QQ3 at #184 and the Chery Fulwin2 at #189.

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