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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

Full May 2014 Top 50 models Ranking Table below.

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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

Full January 2014 Top 130 models and Top 35 carmakers Ranking Tables below.

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

December 9th, 2013 5 comments

Toyota Etios South Africa November 2013Toyota Etios

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The South African drops by 5% year-on-year to 50,806 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 603,968 units, up 3% on 2012. The Toyota Hilux dominates the models sales charts with 3,561 sales and 7% share, reinforcing its year-to-date lead at 34,836 units and 5.8% vs. 32,143 and 5.3% for the VW Polo Vivo at #2. The big event this month in South Africa is the best-ever 2nd place of the Toyota Etios, otherwise disappointing in all other markets it launched in, breaking its ranking and share records at 5.1% and hitting its 2nd best volume ever at 2,591 units, below only the 2,625 sales it reached in October 2012.

Range Rover Sport South Africa November 2013Range Rover Sport

Other great performers this month include the Ford Ranger up 2 spots to #4 with 1,937 sales and 3.8%, the Toyota Quantum at #6 vs. #11 year-to-date, the Toyota Fortuner up 8 ranks to #8, VW Golf 7 up 6 to #14, Renault Clio IV up 9 to #24 and the Renault Duster up a further 2 ranks to break into the South Africa Top 25 for the first time at its third month in market at #25. Further down, the Toyota RAV4 is up 4 spots to #27, Mercedes A-Class up 23 to #32 and Range Rover Sport up to #38.

Previous month: South Africa October 2013: Mercedes CLA at world-best!

One year ago: South Africa November 2012: Hilux #1, Chevrolet Trailblazer lands

Full November 2013 Top 80 models Ranking Table below.

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South Africa October 2013: Mercedes CLA at world best!

November 2nd, 2013 1 comment

Mercedes CLA South Africa October 2013Mercedes CLA

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New car sales in South Africa are down just 2% year-on-year in October to 56,927 registrations, bringing the year-to-date total to 547,218 units, up 4% on 2012. All in all, the recent industry strike action won’t have had a major impact on local sales, only on exports which are now on the way to recovery, down ‘only’ 15% year-on-year in October compared to a 75% drop last month. The Toyota Hilux consolidates its year-to-date pole position by selling 2,894 units for a 5.1% market share, adding up to 31,275 and 5.7% so far in 2013 vs. 29,765 and 5.4% for the VW Polo Vivo back up to #2 in October at 2,616 sales and 4.6%. For only the third time ever after October 2012 and February 2013, the Toyota Etios manages to climb on the South African podium at #3 with 2,392 units and 4.2% share. The Toyota Quantum also impresses, up 14 spots on September to a shiny 5th place.

Renault Duster South Africa October 2013Renault Duster

Further down, the Ford Ecosport drops 8 spots to a still respectable 21st position, the Nissan Almera is up one further rank to #25 with 481 sales and 0.8%, the Renault Duster shows its potential: it is up 30 spots for its second month in market to make its first appearance in the South African Top 50 directly at #27 with 442 units and 0.8%. But the most impressive performance inside the October Top 50 is delivered by the Mercedes CLA: going from 75 units in September (its first month in the ranking) to 413 and 0.7% share in October, earning it a spot in the Top 30 at #29. This makes South Africa the only country in the world where the Mercedes CLA has managed to break into the monthly Top 30!

Note Hyundai and Kia have started communicated model splits for South Africa, however only from January to April 2013. See here for more info.

Previous month: South Africa September 2013: Ford Ecosport up to #13

One year ago: South Africa October 2012: Toyota Etios climbs on podium

Full October 2013 Top 55 models Ranking Table below.

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South Africa September 2013: Ford Ecosport up to #13

October 7th, 2013 1 comment

Ford Ecosport South Africa September 2013Ford Ecosport

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The current strike at the seven major vehicle manufacturing plants in South Africa has only slightly impacted new car sales in South Africa down 1.5% year-on-year in September to 54,281 sales but still up 5% year-to-date at 490,291 units. This is thanks to existing inventory levels and the fact that 2/3 of vehicles sold in South Africa are imported. However exports have been brought to a grinding halt: down 75% to just 6,622 units this month, and this is starting to affect the future of the car manufacturing industry in South Africa. 72,000 workers are on strike at the Toyota, Volkswagen, Ford, Nissan, Mercedes and BMW SA plants, and BMW has already confirmed it will be seriously considering the future of manufacture in the country…

Renault Duster South Africa September 2013The Renault Duster is now available in South Africa

Back to the models ranking, and with 2,739 sales and 5% this month the Toyota Hilux has now taken a clear advantage over its archenemy the VW Polo Vivo, stuck in third place for the 2nd month running at 4.5% share. Hilux sales add up to 28,381 and 5.8% so far this year vs. 27,149 and 5.5% for the Polo Vivo. The VW Polo at #2 and Toyota Etios at #4 continue to shine thank you. For its 2nd month in market, the Ford Ecosport is already up to #13 with 827 sales and 1.5%, while both the Renault Clio IV and Nissan Almera are up one spot to #18 and #26 respectively. Even though we have seen them many times on BSCB, these models are all-new this month in South Africa: the Nissan Sentra at #46 with 259 sales and the Renault Duster at #57 and 183 units.

Previous month: South Africa August 2013: Toyota Hilux #1, Ford Ecosport lands

One year ago: South Africa September 2012: VW Polo Vivo now #1 year-to-date

Full September 2013 Top 80 Ranking Table below.

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

September 3rd, 2013 4 comments

Ford Ecosport South Africa August 2013Ford Ecosport

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As the automotive industry enters a third week of industry-wide strikes, the impact to domestic sales has been kept to a minimum with registrations down just 0.3% in August to 56,112 units, keeping the year-to-date volume up 6% to 436,005 sales. Export sales suffered though, down 23% year-on-year this month. The Toyota Hilux is back in pole position in August with 3,339 sales and 6%, making it 5 times at #1 so far this year and enabling it to reclaim the year-to-date top spot thanks to 25,642 units and 5.9%. The VW Polo Vivo is down to #3 this month, passed by the VW Polo for the 2nd time so far in 2013, and #2 year-to-date at 24,714 units and 5.7%.

Nissan Almera South Africa August 2013. Picture courtesy of tractiononline.tvNissan Almera

As expected, the Toyota Etios is rock solid at #4, its 16th consecutive month inside the South African Top 7, while the Ford Ranger is up one spot to #5 and the Chevrolet Utility and Isuzu KB are both up 2 to #6 and #7 respectively. The Ford Ecosport makes a brilliant start in the South African sales charts, landing directly in 21st place thanks to 522 sales and 0.9%, while the Nissan Almera is up two to #27 at 439 units and 0.8% for its 2nd month in market. Other great performers this month include the Mercedes C-Class up 3 ranks to #10 and the Renault Clio IV up 15 to #19,

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

One year ago: South Africa August 2012: VW Polo Vivo #1, threatens Toyota Hilux YTD

Full August 2013 Top 50 Ranking Table below.

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