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South Africa July 2017: Toyota Hilux reclaims YTD lead

The Toyota Hilux is back in command of the South African market. 

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The South African new vehicle market is up an encouraging 4.1% year-on-year to 46.719 registrations, with new cars up 6.2% to 30.826 whereas light commercials edge up 1.7% to 13.774. This means the year-to-date tally is now down just 0.3% to 316.386 deliveries. Toyota remains the most popular manufacturer in the country in spite of a slight 1% drop to 21.7% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group (+8%) at 15.8%, Ford (-7%) at 11.9% and Nissan soaring 49% to 10.5% share vs. 8.9% YTD. Renault (+72%), Suzuki (+62%) and Great Wall (+191%) all post spectacular gains.

In the lead for the first time since last March, the Toyota Hilux (-2%) also reclaims the year-to-date pole position off the Ford Ranger (-0.2%) at 19.927 sales (-5%) vs. 19.314 (+4%). The VW Polo Vivo is up 8% to second place while the VW Polo is up 2% to remain at #4. Excellent performances of the Toyota Corolla (+19%), Nissan NP200 (+50%) and NP300 Hardbody (+87%). The Renault Kwid is once again the best-selling recent launch (<12 months) at #14, but the Hyundai Creta is catching up: leaping from #141 in June to #21 this month. The Datsun GO+ (#57), Toyota C-HR (#64) and Honda BR-V (#73) are the next best-selling newcomers.

Previous month: South Africa June 2017: Ford Ranger holds onto slim lead over Toyota Hilux

One year ago: South Africa July 2016: Ford Fiesta shines in market down 17%

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