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South Africa October 2014: Datsun Go almost in Top 20

Datsun Go South Africa October 2014Datsun Go

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 35 best-selling carmakers and Top 100 models *

For the second month in a row, new car sales in South Africa buck the overall economic trend in the country, gaining 5% year-on-year to 59,262 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 542,048 units, now down just 1% on 2013. The market is lifted by light commercial vehicles (read pickup trucks) up 14% year-on-year vs. just 2% for passenger cars. The VW Polo Vivo resists in pole position thanks to 3,491 sales or 70 more than the Toyota Hilux, that is however not enough to topple the Hilux from its YTD pedestal at 31,322 units vs. 28,830 for the Polo Vivo. The Ford Ranger brilliantly holds onto the third spot thanks to 3,045 sales and 5.1% share, while the Mercedes C-Class is up a further two spot on September to a splendid 6th place at 1,789 units and 3% and the Renault Sandero continues to progress at #14 and 1.5%.

Mercedes C Class South Africa October 2014. Picture courtesy of Mercedes C-Class is up to #6 this month.

But the big event this month in South Africa is the Datsun Go up 95 spots for its first full month of sales in the country to a world-best #21 with 583 sales and 1% market share. Its previous best was #22 hit last April in India, where it has since receded to outside the Top 40. Let’s not read too much yet into this early success as South African sales charts can tend to be front-loaded for new models, but this is surely a good sign. It is however not (yet?) the best ranking reached by a Datsun model since the brand has been relaunched earlier this year, this honour goes to the Datsun Go+ MPV up to #11 in Indonesia last September.

Previous month: South Africa September 2014: Mercedes GLA and CLA both in Top 50

One year ago: South Africa October 2013: Mercedes CLA at world-best!

Full October 2014 Top 35 carmakers and Top 100 models Ranking Tables below.

South Africa October 2014 – manufacturers:

2Volkswagen Group9,05715.3%2
5General Motors/Isuzu5,2388.8%5
8BMW Group2,5634.3%8
13Jaguar Land Rover5160.9%13
15UD Trucks3990.7%17
19Volvo Cars2900.5%18
20Great Wall2710.5%21
24Fiat Group1530.3%20
25Volvo Trucks1460.2%23
30FAW Trucks590.1%29
32Renault Trucks340.1%30
34Volvo Bus40.0%34

South Africa October 2014 – models:

1VW Polo Vivo3,4915.9%128,8305.3%22
2Toyota Hilux3,4215.8%231,3225.8%11
3Ford Ranger3,0455.1%322,6664.2%45
4Toyota Corolla/Auris2,3984.0%417,5963.2%59
5VW Polo2,3333.9%525,3674.7%33
6Mercedes C Class1,7893.0%811,0872.0%1212
7Nissan NP2001,6752.8%714,8232.7%77
8Toyota Etios1,6712.8%616,2743.0%64
9Chevrolet Utility1,4452.4%1013,7222.5%86
10Toyota Quantum1,2642.1%1411,8692.2%1011
11Isuzu KB1,1812.0%1313,3212.5%910
12BMW 3 Series1,0991.9%159,6761.8%1313
13Ford Figo1,0171.7%911,5672.1%118
14Renault Sandero8891.5%185,5051.0%2024
15Toyota Fortuner8811.5%128,6911.6%1414
16Ford Ecosport8341.4%176,1311.1%1841
17Nissan NP300 Hardbody7711.3%216,1121.1%1916
18Chevrolet Spark7351.2%168,0301.5%1518
19Ford Fiesta6401.1%117,4531.4%1615
20Toyota Avanza6401.1%264,4300.8%2420
21Datsun Go5831.0%1166340.1%n/a
22Ford Ikon5390.9%30n/an/an/an/a
23VW Golf5210.9%206,5211.2%1717
24Toyota RAV44850.8%254,2090.8%25n/a
25Renault Clio IV4830.8%245,0140.9%2130
26Audi A44370.7%274,4450.8%2319
27Mercedes A Class4230.7%283,0180.6%32n/a
28Audi A34170.7%224,5550.8%22n/a
29BMW 1 Series4020.7%333,7720.7%2622
30Chevrolet Sonic3890.7%76n/an/an/a38
31Renault Duster3710.6%393,5900.7%2852
32Honda Brio3530.6%233,0890.6%3132
33Chevrolet Aveo3370.6%193,5620.7%2933
34Nissan Livina3280.6%52n/an/an/an/a
35Nissan Almera3170.5%47n/an/an/a47
36Nissan Qashqai3150.5%323,2190.6%3034
37VW Amarok3110.5%402,7900.5%3525
38Toyota Land Cruiser PU3060.5%552,9000.5%3437
39Mercedes CLA2980.5%46n/an/an/an/a
40VW Tiguan2860.5%342,9760.5%3329
41Ford Kuga2660.4%363,7100.7%27n/a
42Toyota Yaris2600.4%602,1430.4%3931
43Suzuki Swift2500.4%37n/an/an/an/a
44Honda Ballade2400.4%59n/an/an/an/a
45Nissan X-Trail2400.4%31n/an/an/an/a
46Ford Focus2340.4%382,5380.5%3721
47BMW 4 Series2260.4%48n/an/an/an/a
48Chevrolet Cruze2100.4%43n/an/an/a23
49Jeep Compass1930.3%50n/an/an/a48
50Nissan NV3501900.3%74n/an/an/an/a
51Mercedes E Class1790.3%881,7600.3%n/an/a
52VW Jetta1760.3%352,7250.5%3628
53Jeep Grand Cherokee1740.3%51n/an/an/a42
55VW T51720.3%81n/an/an/an/a
56Honda Jazz1670.3%44n/an/an/a39
57BMW X51660.3%62n/an/an/an/a
58Nissan Micra1630.3%41n/an/an/a26
59Mercedes GLA1590.3%45n/an/an/a
60Honda CR-V1540.3%53n/an/an/a40
61Mercedes M Class1530.3%54n/an/an/an/a
62Mercedes B Class1510.3%491,6260.3%n/an/a
63Toyota Prado1490.3%70n/an/an/an/a
64Chevrolet Captiva1450.2%58n/an/an/an/a
65Audi A11340.2%67n/an/an/a46
66Jeep Wrangler1330.2%68n/an/an/an/a
67Land Rover Discovery 41310.2%61n/an/an/a44
68Opel Corsa1300.2%29n/an/an/an/a
69Chevrolet Trailblazer1290.2%86n/an/an/a35
70BMW 5 Series1280.2%109n/an/an/an/a
71Mitsubishi Mirage1260.2%57n/an/an/a
72BMW X31250.2%63n/an/an/a50
73VW Caddy1250.2%66n/an/an/an/a
74Volvo V401230.2%65n/an/an/an/a
75Range Rover Evoque1220.2%77n/an/an/a49
77Mitsubishi ASX1200.2%95n/an/an/an/a
78Audi Q31150.2%56n/an/an/an/a
79Opel Astra1140.2%99n/an/an/an/a
80Mahindra Scorpio1120.2%90n/an/an/an/a
81Dodge Journey1090.2%102n/an/an/an/a
82Suzuki Alto1080.2%71n/an/an/an/a
83Audi Q51070.2%87n/an/an/a51
84Nissan Navara1000.2%78n/an/an/a45
85Mahindra Bolero960.2%97n/an/an/an/a
86Toyota Land Cruiser SW960.2%80n/an/an/an/a
87Mahindra XUV900.2%113n/an/an/an/a
88Audi A5890.2%85n/an/an/an/a
89Mitsubishi Pajero Sport880.1%98n/an/an/an/a
90Nissan Sentra870.1%82n/an/an/an/a
91Ford Transit840.1%89n/an/an/an/a
92Nissan Hardbody820.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
93Porsche Macan800.1%125n/an/an/a
94Tata Super Ace800.1%107n/an/an/an/a
95Volvo S60760.1%100n/an/an/an/a
96Peugeot 208740.1%106n/an/an/an/a
97BMW X4740.1%751850.0%n/a
98Land Rover Freelander 2720.1%83n/an/an/an/a
99Mazda CX-5720.1%n/an/an/an/an/a
100Volvo XC60720.1%118n/an/an/an/a

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  1. They don’t sell the Commodore in South Africa?? For some reason I always thought that they got it over there. Talk about a missed opportunity for Holden, though.

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