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South Africa February 2018: Toyota Hilux & VW Polo top market down 3.8%

Now that the new gen VW Polo has landed in South Africa…

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The South African new car market is down 3.8% year-on-year in February to 46.347 registrations, pulling the year-to-date tally down 6.6% to 92.124 units. Toyota is once again the best-selling carmaker in the country, down 5% to 22.1% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group at 16.2% (-8%), Ford at 12.2% (-9%), Nissan at 10.3% (+10%) and Hyundai-Kia at 10.2% (+4%). Suzuki (+94%), Jaguar Land Rover (+27%), Mahindra (+21%), Mazda (+14%) and Renault (+3%) are among the rare manufacturers in positive this month.

…the low cost VW Polo Vivo becomes the Polo Mk5.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux reclaims the top spot it has held for 8 of the past 9 years thanks to deliveries up 9% to 7.3% in February and up 11% to 6.2% YTD. The VW Polo (+16%) rallies back up 9 spots on January to #2 now that the new generation is available, ahead of the Ford Ranger (-23%) and VW Polo Vivo (-32%) both in deep trouble. Note the Polo Vivo is now the previous gen Polo, stepping up one generation. The Nissan NP200 (aka Dacia Logan Pickup) is up 27% to #5, the Isuzu KB is up 15% to #8 and the Hyundai Grand i10 up 148% to #9. Further down, the Ford Figo (+186%), Datsun GO (+130%) and Toyota Yaris (+271%) shine while the Hyundai Creta tops recent launches at #29. We welcome the BMW X2 at #109 and the Mercedes X-Class at #223.

Previous month: South Africa January 2018: VW Polo Vivo leads, Renault and Suzuki shine

Previous year: South Africa Full Year 2017: Toyota Hilux snaps 8th win in past 9 years

Full February 2018 Top 35 All-carmakers and Top 250 All-models below.

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