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South Africa 2004-2005: Corolla #1, Citi Golf and Tazz in Top 5

The Toyota Corolla is the best selling vehicle in South Africa in 2004 and 2005.

The VW Citi Golf celebrates its 20th anniversary with a very solid 3rd position in 2005.

* See the Top 15 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to Vic Mouton! *

In 2004, the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling car in South Africa, and in the passenger car ranking it is followed by either the VW Polo or the Toyota Tazz, a South African oddity exclusive to the region (and very successful in neighbouring Botswana and Namibia) which is none other than a 1988 Toyota Corolla almost identical to the original. The Tazz is even #1 in June with 2,904 sales.

In 2005 the South African market gains 25% to reach 537,605 units. The Toyota Corolla holds the pole position  again, establishing itself at 7.3% of the market in the Full Year 2005 ranking. The VW Polo, boosted by its Classic (sedan) version, climbs up to #2 in 2005 with 32,781 sales and 6.1%, and the Toyota Hilux is stable at #4 (5.1%).

The Toyota Tazz is a slightly amended 1988 Toyota Corolla hatchback.

At #3 in 2005 we find another South African curiosity: the VW CitiGolf with 27,928 sales (5.2%). The CitiGolf is exclusive to South Africa and its region and is a restyled 1st generation Golf produced locally and launched in 1985 in the country. The Toyota Tazz is still valiant in 2005, ranking 5th with 23,601 sales and 4.4% share.

6 months 2004, Full Year and 6 months 2005 Ranking Tables below.

See the South African models rankings for January, June, August and October 2004 here: South Africa 4 months in 2004

South Africa 6 months 2004 (passenger cars only):

PosModel6m 2004
1Toyota Corolla/RunX14,732
2Toyota Tazz12,091
3VW Polo/Classic12,055
4VW Citi Golf8,202
5Opel Corsa/Classic7,345
6BMW 3 Series7,302
7Mercedes C-Class5,898
8Ford Fiesta/Ikon4,872
9Nissan Almera4,186
10Audi A43,469
11Toyota Condor2,755
12Renault Clio2,140
13VW Golf2,122
14Jeep Cherokee2,121
15Fiat Palio2,042
16VW Jetta1,889
17Opel Astra1,858
18Peugeot 2061,822
19Mercedes E-Class1,657
20Ford Focus1,623
21BMW 5 Series1,594
22Renault Megane1,313

South Africa October 2004:

PosModelOct-04%
1Toyota Corolla3,4688.6%
2Toyota Hilux2,3425.8%
3VW Polo/Classic2,2655.6%
4VW Citi Golf2,1395.3%
5Toyota Tazz2,0705.1%
6Opel Corsa/Classic1,7444.3%
7Isuzu KB1,6934.2%
8Mercedes C Class1,5583.8%
9Nissan Hardbody1,5153.7%
10Ford Bantam1,2553.1%
11Nissan Almera1,1692.9%
12Ford Fiesta/Ikon1,1252.8%
13Opel Corsa Utility1,0072.5%
14Toyota Hiace9162.3%
15BMW 3 Series9092.2%
16VW Golf7561.9%
17Ford Ranger7381.8%

See the passenger cars ranking for March, April, May, June, September, November and December 2005 here: South Africa 7 months in 2005 (Note the rankings don’t include commercial vehicles like the Toyota Hilux)

South Africa Full Year 2005:

PosModel2005%
1Toyota Corolla39,2847.3%
2VW Polo/Classic32,7816.1%
3VW Citi Golf27,9285.2%
4Toyota Hilux27,6755.1%
5Toyota Tazz23,6014.4%

South Africa 9 months 2005 (passenger cars only):

PosModel9m 2005
1Toyota Corolla/RunX/Verso28,710
2VW Polo/Classic23,448
3VW Citi Golf20,198
4Toyota Tazz18,045
5Opel Corsa16,301
6Mercedes C-Class11,922
7BMW 3 Series11,643
8Ford Fiesta8,519
9Renault Megane (w/ Scenic Sep/Nov/Dec)7,304
10VW Golf7,030
11Nissan Almera6,570
12Audi A46,153
13Tata Indica/Indigo5,173
14Renault Clio4,636
15Mazda33,949
16Fiat Palio/Siena/Punto3,727
17BMW 1 Series3,574
18Peugeot 2063,512
19Mercedes A-Class3,315
20Ford Focus3,203
21Ford Ikon3,084
22Chevrolet Aveo2,966
23Opel Astra2,789
24Nissan X-Trail2,693

Source: NAAMSA, many thanks to Vic Mouton for sharing the monthly data!

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