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South Africa 2006-2007: VW Polo takes the lead

VW Polo

* See the Top 10 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Thanks Vic *

In 2006, the VW Polo passes the Toyota Corolla to become South Africa’s best selling vehicle with 41,153 units sold (+25%), but the fight was very intense. I only have data for 7 months of 2006 and in that period the Corolla was #1 four times vs. 3 times for the VW Polo… The VW CitiGolf and Toyota Yaris compete for the third place with the Opel Corsa and BMW 3 Series also strong sellers.

In 2007 the VW Polo keeps it crown. I have data for every month except March and over the period the Polo is #1 5 times vs. 3 times for the Toyota Corolla. The Toyota Tazz disappears from the catalogue and as a result the Yaris reaches its full potential, even snapping up the pole position overall in December with 3,357 sales!

Commercial vehicles are included in the models ranking in 2007 and the Toyota Hilux continues to dominate the category, even holding the #1 spot in the overall ranking in April and November.

7 months 2006, 11 months 2007 passenger cars & 9 months 2007 commercial vehicles Ranking Tables below.

You can check out the Top 10 passenger cars for 7 months in 2006 here: South Africa 7 months in 2006

South Africa passenger cars 7 months 2006:

PosModel7m 2006
1Toyota Corolla/RunX/Verso26,879
2VW Polo/Classic26,031
3VW CitiGolf17,915
4Toyota Yaris17,583
5Opel Corsa/Classic11,843
6BMW 3 Series10,521
7VW Golf/Jetta9,056

South Africa passenger cars 11 months 2007 (March missing):

1VW Polo/Classic34,574
2Toyota Corolla/Auris31,170
3Toyota Yaris28,759
4VW CitiGolf24,186
5Mercedes C Class16,008
6Opel Corsa/Classic12,367
7VW Golf/Jetta12,152
8BMW 3 Series11,554
9Nissan Tiida9,956
10Ford Fiesta/Ikon8,148

South Africa commercial vehicles 9 months 2007 (Feb, March and Aug missing):

1Toyota Hilux26,091
2Opel Corsa Utility17,988
3Isuzu KB13,547
4Ford Bantam13,287
5Nissan Hardbody11,876
6Toyota Hi-Ace7,921
7Ford Ranger7,692
8Toyota Quantum6,650

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

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