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South Africa September 2014: Mercedes GLA & CLA both in Top 50

Mercedes GLA South Africa September 2014. Picture courtesy of autoblog.hrMercedes GLA

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 125 best-selling models and Top 33 brands! See title *

In spite of the difficult economic situation currently affecting the country, new car sales in South Africa are actually up year-on-year in September and for the first time so far in 2014 by a very robust 11.5% to 60,854 registrations. This brings the year-to-date total to 482,786 units, down just 1.5% on 2013 which is a great performance in the current context. The VW Polo Vivo is back atop the models sales charts thanks to a very strong 7% market share this month, however this is not enough to dislodge the Toyota Hilux from its year-to-date pedestal at 27,901 units and 5.8% vs. 25,339 and 5.2% for the Polo Vivo. The Ford Ranger manages a second straight month on the South African podium with a brilliant 2,629 sales and 4.3%, while the Toyota Corolla overtakes its lil sis the Etios year-to-date to rank 5th.

VW Polo Vivo South Africa August 2014The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling model in South Africa this month.

Excellent showing of the locally-produced Mercedes C-Class up 5 spots on August to #8 with 2.5% share, of the Ford Figo up to #9, Ford Fiesta up 6 ranks to #11, Chevrolet Aveo at #19 vs. #29 year-to-date, Honda Brio up 11 to #23, Ford Ikon at #30. Finally, the performance of the month is delivered by German manufacturer Mercedes: it places the GLA compact SUV and the CLA compact sedan, both launched within the past year, inside the Top 50 in September: the former at a record-breaking #45 with 236 sales and the latter just below at #46 with 230 units. A stunning performance for two dearly-priced models in this market.

Datsun Go South Africa September 2014 for . Picture courtesy of What Car IndiaFirst month of sales in South Africa for the Datsun Go

Outside the Top 50, we welcome 3 important launches this month in South Africa. Landing directly at a promising 75th position, the BMW X4 sells 111 units, while the Honda Mobilio arrives exactly at the same level as its rival the Suzuki Ertiga in 105th place with 63 sales. Finally, Datsun returns to Africa with the launch of the Go in South Africa, its third country with official sales so far after India and Indonesia. Very shy for now at just 51 units sold in September but this should improve vastly over the coming months.

Previous month: South Africa August 2014: Toyota Hilux back in charge

One year ago: South Africa September 2013: Ford Ecosport up to #13

Full September 2014 Top 125 models and Top 33 brands Ranking Tables below.

South Africa September 2014 – brands:

2Volkswagen Group9,96716.4%22
5General Motors/Isuzu5,5139.1%55
8BMW Group2,4874.1%88
13Jaguar Land Rover6041.0%1213
17UD Trucks2970.5%1620
18Volvo Cars2760.5%2121
20Fiat Group2360.4%1819
21Great Wall2300.4%2015
23Volvo Trucks1770.3%2322
29FAW Trucks510.1%2828
30Renault Trucks390.1%3232

South Africa September 2014 – models:

Note: Hyundai/Kia and Great Wall do not share models data and therefore are not included in this ranking.

1VW Polo Vivo4,2637.0%225,3395.2%22
2Toyota Hilux3,9076.4%127,9015.8%11
3Ford Ranger2,6294.3%319,6214.1%45
4Toyota Corolla/Auris2,3203.8%515,1983.1%59
5VW Polo2,1523.5%423,0344.8%33
6Toyota Etios1,7052.8%714,6033.0%64
7Nissan NP2001,5952.6%613,1482.7%77
8Mercedes C Class1,5352.5%139,2981.9%1212
9Ford Figo1,5112.5%1110,5502.2%118
10Chevrolet Utility1,3342.2%812,2772.5%86
11Ford Fiesta1,2382.0%176,8131.4%1615
12Toyota Fortuner1,2342.0%147,8101.6%1414
13Isuzu KB1,2212.0%1212,1402.5%910
14Toyota Quantum1,1311.9%910,6052.2%1011
15BMW 3 Series1,0661.8%108,5771.8%1313
16Chevrolet Spark8981.5%167,2951.5%1518
17Ford Ecosport7881.3%185,2971.1%1941
18Renault Sandero7861.3%224,6161.0%2124
19Chevrolet Aveo5570.9%193,2250.7%2833
20VW Golf5450.9%206,0001.2%1717
21Nissan NP300/Hardbody5440.9%155,3411.1%1816
22Audi A35420.9%234,1380.9%22n/a
23Honda Brio4900.8%342,7360.6%3132
24Renault Clio IV4890.8%284,5310.9%2030
25Toyota RAV44860.8%253,7240.8%25n/a
26Toyota Avanza4770.8%293,7900.8%2420
27Audi A44500.7%274,0080.8%2319
28Mercedes A Class4360.7%512,5950.5%33n/a
29Opel Corsa4320.7%42n/an/an/an/a
30Ford Ikon3960.7%44n/an/an/an/a
31Nissan X-Trail3500.6%n/an/an/an/an/a
32Nissan Qashqai3500.6%262,9040.6%3034
33BMW 1 Series3470.6%243,3700.7%2722
34VW Tiguan3410.6%382,6900.6%3229
35VW Jetta3210.5%362,5490.5%3528
36Ford Kuga3120.5%213,4440.7%26n/a
37Suzuki Swift3070.5%50n/an/an/an/a
38Ford Focus2810.5%302,3040.5%n/a21
39Renault Duster2670.4%323,2190.7%2952
40VW Amarok2590.4%392,4790.5%n/a25
41Nissan Micra2560.4%n/an/an/an/a26
42Mazda BT-502480.4%312,1800.5%n/a43
43Chevrolet Cruze2470.4%33n/an/an/a23
44Honda Jazz2460.4%40n/an/an/a39
45Mercedes GLA2360.4%66n/an/an/a –
46Mercedes CLA2300.4%58n/an/an/an/a
47Nissan Almera2170.4%37n/an/an/a47
48BMW 4 Series2120.3%41n/an/an/an/a
49Mercedes B Class2120.3%491,4750.3%n/an/a
50Jeep Compass2070.3%64n/an/an/a48
51Jeep Grand Cherokee2010.3%45n/an/an/a42
52Nissan Livina1940.3%91n/an/an/an/a
53Honda CR-V1820.3%48n/an/an/a40
54Mercedes M Class1820.3%47n/an/an/an/a
55Toyota Land Cruiser PU1750.3%432,5940.5%3437
56Audi Q31700.3%53n/an/an/an/a
57Mitsubishi Mirage1690.3%52n/an/an/a –
58Chevrolet Captiva1670.3%59n/an/an/an/a
59Honda Ballade1570.3%54n/an/an/an/a
60Toyota Yaris1550.3%631,8830.4%n/a31
61Land Rover Discovery 41540.3%67n/an/an/a44
62BMW X51440.2%56n/an/an/an/a
63BMW X31430.2%55n/an/an/a50
64Peugeot 1071370.2%89n/an/an/an/a
65Volvo V401370.2%76n/an/an/an/a
66VW Caddy1320.2%57n/an/an/an/a
67Audi A11290.2%46n/an/an/a46
68Jeep Wrangler1280.2%61n/an/an/an/a
69Mercedes G Class1280.2%n/an/an/an/an/a
70Toyota Prado1200.2%62n/an/an/an/a
71Suzuki Alto1170.2%85n/an/an/an/a
72Nissan Juke1160.2%772,0460.4%n/a27
74Nissan NV3501120.2%71n/an/an/an/a
75BMW X41110.2% –1110.0%n/a –
76Chevrolet Sonic1100.2%35n/an/an/a38
77Range Rover Evoque1100.2%74n/an/an/a49
78Nissan Navara1090.2%79n/an/an/a45
79BMW 2 Series1070.2%83n/an/an/a –
80Toyota Land Cruiser SW1070.2%84n/an/an/an/a
81VW T51040.2%69n/an/an/an/a
82Nissan Sentra1030.2%65n/an/an/an/a
83Land Rover Freelander 21020.2%n/an/an/an/an/a
84Mitsubishi Triton1020.2%88n/an/an/an/a
85Audi A5990.2%78n/an/an/an/a
86Chevrolet Trailblazer990.2%82n/an/an/a35
87Audi Q5980.2%73n/an/an/a51
88Mercedes E Class980.2%751,5810.3%n/an/a
89Ford Transit960.2%n/an/an/an/an/a
90Mahindra Scorpio930.2%72n/an/an/an/a
91Range Rover Sport890.1%68n/an/an/an/a
92Suzuki Jimny880.1%92n/an/an/an/a
93Subaru Forester820.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
94Fiat 500770.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
95Mitsubishi ASX760.1%80n/an/an/an/a
96Fiat 500L740.1%n/an/an/an/a –
97Mahindra Bolero720.1%87n/an/an/an/a
98Mitsubishi Pajero Sport700.1%100n/an/an/an/a
99Opel Astra680.1%81n/an/an/an/a
100Volvo S60680.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
101Honda Civic670.1%97n/an/an/a53
102Dodge Journey660.1%86n/an/an/an/a
103Nissan NV200650.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
104Suzuki Ertiga630.1%n/an/an/an/a –
105Honda Mobilio630.1% –630.0%n/a –
106Peugeot 208610.1%93n/an/an/an/a
107Tata Super Ace600.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
108Land Rover Defender590.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
109BMW 5 Series580.1%90n/an/an/an/a
110BMW X1580.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
111Jeep Cherokee580.1%94n/an/an/an/a
112Jaguar XF570.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
113Mahindra XUV550.1%96n/an/an/an/a
114Mercedes S Class550.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
116Datsun Go510.1% –510.0%n/a –
117Mitsubishi Pajero500.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
118Volvo XC60500.1%99n/an/an/an/a
119Mini Countryman490.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
120Renault Megane470.1%60n/an/an/an/a
121Suzuki SX4470.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
122Citroen C1450.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
123Tata Xenon450.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
124Lexus IS430.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
125Porsche Macan430.1%95n/an/an/a –

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

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