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South Africa May 2013: VW Polo passes old mate Polo Vivo

VW Polo South Africa 2013VW Polo

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New car sales in South Africa continue to be extremely robust, up 7% year-on-year in May to 53,997 registrations which brings the year-to-date total to 268,156 units, up 7% on 2012. Another strong month for the Toyota Hilux in pole position for the 7th time in the last 12 months with 3,076 sales and 5.7%. In 2nd place we witness a very rare event: the VW Polo passes its old bro the Polo Vivo for only the 2nd time ever after last December thanks to 2,688 units and 5% vs. 2,645 and 4.9% for the Polo Vivo which however remains #2 year-to-date by far.

The Chevrolet Utility has a solid month at #4, the Toyota Etios spends its 13th consecutive month inside the South African Top 7 at #6, the Toyota Corolla/Auris is back up to #8 and the Mercedes C-Class is stable at #13. Notice also the Mazda3 up 14 spots to #21 and the Renault Clio IV up 15 ranks to #25.

Previous month: South Africa April 2013: Toyota Hilux and Mercedes A-Class shine

One year ago: South Africa May 2012: Toyota Etios lands directly at #7!

Full May 2013 Top 100 Ranking Table below.

South Africa May 2013:

1Toyota Hilux3,0765.7%116,0746.0%12
2VW Polo2,6885.0%312,4264.6%33
3VW Polo Vivo2,6454.9%215,1355.6%21
4Chevrolet Utility1,8533.4%57,8782.9%64
5Ford Ranger1,6213.0%48,2653.1%57
6Toyota Etios1,5072.8%69,5433.6%48
7Nissan NP2001,4762.7%87,3342.7%75
8Toyota Corolla/Auris1,4582.7%126,2222.3%86
9Isuzu KB1,3642.5%115,7672.2%1010
10Ford Figo1,2472.3%95,7032.1%119
11Toyota Quantum1,2102.2%75,9122.2%911
12BMW 3 Series1,1192.1%105,7022.1%1213
13Mercedes C Class9851.8%13n/an/an/an/a
14Toyota Fortuner9401.7%144,4461.7%1312
15Ford Fiesta8291.5%153,3911.3%1423
16VW Golf 75721.1%162,7451.0%1617
17Chevrolet Cruze5461.0%242,2110.8%2121
18Chevrolet Spark5381.0%212,0730.8%2520
19Audi A45341.0%192,6091.0%1725
20Nissan NP3005171.0%273,3091.2%1515
22VW Amarok5030.9%172,1970.8%2222
23BMW 1 Series4870.9%322,1720.8%2324
24Renault Sandero4610.9%201,9850.7%2618
25Renault Clio IV4610.9%406600.2%n/an/a
26Toyota Avanza4510.8%252,1720.8%2428
27Nissan Micra4220.8%262,3070.9%2026
28Ford Focus4130.8%222,3520.9%1831
29Chevrolet Trailblazer4130.8%311,5680.6%32n/a
30Toyota RAV44060.8%23n/an/an/an/a
31Ford Kuga4040.7%37n/an/an/an/a
32Audi A33750.7%34n/an/an/a35
33Honda Brio3710.7%331,7020.6%30n/a
34VW Tiguan3670.7%181,8620.7%2733
35Chevrolet Aveo3570.7%301,7420.6%2816
36Nissan Juke3360.6%362,3360.9%1929
37VW Jetta3270.6%281,7180.6%2927
38Toyota Yaris3160.6%621,4740.5%3314
39Nissan Qashqai2630.5%491,6110.6%3130
40Tata Indica/Indigo2570.5%381,1880.4%39n/a
41VW T52240.4%47n/an/an/an/a
42Mercedes A Class2230.4%29n/an/an/an/a
43Toyota Land Cruiser PU2220.4%411,1320.4%4037
44Honda Jazz2220.4%611,3930.5%3432
45Honda CR-V2210.4%431,0760.4%43n/a
46VW Caddy2190.4%42n/an/an/a42
47Jeep Compass2170.4%461,1250.4%4246
48Mercedes M Class2110.4%67n/an/an/an/a
49Peugeot 2082010.4%52n/an/an/an/a
50Land Rover Discovery 41970.4%701,2090.5%3636
51BMW X31960.4%489340.3%n/a48
52Chevrolet Sonic1950.4%541,2200.5%3519
53Honda Ballade1850.3%75n/an/an/an/a
54Mitsubishi ASX1810.3%50n/an/an/an/a
55Jeep Wrangler1770.3%65n/an/an/an/a
56Mercedes B Class1760.3%53n/an/an/an/a
57Mazda BT-501750.3%391,2010.4%38n/a
58Audi A11740.3%449830.4%4445
59Audi Q51700.3%559050.3%n/a50
60Audi A51700.3%58n/an/an/an/a
62Audi Q31620.3%60n/an/an/an/a
63Range Rover Evoque1620.3%791,2030.4%3743
64Jeep Grand Cherokee1520.3%459610.4%4544
65Mitsubishi Triton1440.3%56n/an/an/an/a
66Suzuki Swift1350.3%76n/an/an/an/a
67Nissan Navara1330.2%721,1260.4%4140
68Nissan X-Trail1320.2%77n/an/an/an/a
69Mahindra Scorpio1240.2%64n/an/an/an/a
70Porsche Cayenne1200.2%57n/an/an/an/a
71BMW 5 Series1190.2%63n/an/an/a49
72Mercedes E Class1180.2%86n/an/an/an/a
73Tata Super Ace1150.2%78n/an/an/an/a
74Volvo V401130.2%71n/an/an/an/a
75BMW X51100.2%69n/an/an/an/a
76BMW X11060.2%80n/an/an/an/a
77Tata Indica Vista1010.2%66n/an/an/an/a
78Renault Megane980.2%74n/an/an/an/a
79Ford Transit980.2%n/an/an/an/an/a
80Nissan Livina970.2%101n/an/an/a38
81Suzuki Jimny960.2%87n/an/an/an/a
82Honda Civic960.2%897810.3%n/a47
83Dodge Journey930.2%92n/an/an/an/a
84Opel Corsa920.2%84n/an/an/an/a
85Porsche Cayman/Boxster920.2%94n/an/an/an/a
86Fiat 500880.2%81n/an/an/an/a
87Chevrolet Captiva870.2%73n/an/an/a39
88Opel Astra870.2%83n/an/an/an/a
89Mahindra Bolero820.2%98n/an/an/an/a
90Toyota Aygo820.2%n/an/an/an/a34
91Land Rover Freelander 2820.2%n/an/an/an/an/a
92Suzuki Alto800.1%59n/an/an/an/a
93Mini Countryman760.1%96n/an/an/an/a
94Audi A6720.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
95Mahindra XUV650.1%91n/an/an/an/a
96Toyota Innova630.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
97Tata Xenon620.1%68n/an/an/an/a
98Toyota 86610.1%88n/an/an/an/a
99Suzuki SX4610.1%95n/an/an/an/a
100Ford Everest610.1%n/an/an/an/an/a

Source:,, many thanks to Josh for the tips!

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Hi Matt.
    The PDF file is now available at if you wish to update to the Top100

    According to that the total sales for Hyundai/Kia (and a few small Chinese marques) are:
    Small Cars (Below 1400cc): 2 888
    Medium Cars (Cubic Capacity 1400cc – 2500cc):1 568
    Large Cars (Cubic Capacity 2500cc or greater):75
    4X4 Recreational/SUV: 567
    Light Commercial Vehicles: 757
    Medium Commercial Vehicles: 39

  2. Shame that Hyundai, Kia and other manufacturers will not disclose their sales figures – the picture would be more realistic.

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