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South Africa November 2019: Facelifted Renault Kwid leaps to record #6 in market back down (-5.8%)

The Kwid (+78%) helps push Renault up 30.5% in November in South Africa.

The South African new vehicle market is back in negative for the 6th time in the past 7 months at -5.8% year-on-year in November to 44.738 units, leading to a year-to-date tally down -3.4% to 494.996. Toyota (-14.5%) falls almost three times faster than the market but remains the most popular manufacturer in the country with 20.8% share vs. 24.1% so far in 2019, ahead of the Volkswagen Group (-2.2%) improving to 18.6% vs. 16.7% YTD. Ford (-16.8%) remains on the podium above Hyundai-Kia (+9.1%) and Renault (+30.5%) posting the largest year-on-year gain in the Top 8. The Fiat Chrysler Group (+357.3%), Peugeot-Citroen (+180.3%), Suzuki (+56.4%), Opel (+23.9%), Mahindra (+14.4%) and Mercedes (+14.2%) also shine just below.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux (-20%) is the best-selling nameplate in South Africa for the 15th month in a row, distancing the VW Polo Vivo (+0.5%), Ford Ranger (-16.6%) and VW Polo (-34.1%) with the Toyota Hiace rounding up the Top 5 like last month. The facelifted Renault Kwid (+78%) is up 5 spots on October to a record #6 also hit in December 2017 and 2018, the Ford Ecosport (+223%) is up one to #7, its highest ranking here since May 2016 and the Isuzu D-Max (+115.4%) also posts an outstanding gain at #8. The VW T-Cross slides out of the Top 10 at #11, the VW Polo Sedan is up 14 ranks to #13, the Suzuki Swift is up 79.7% to #18, with the Haval H2 (#25), H1 (#42) and Hyundai Atos (#50) the other recent launches making it into the Top 50.

Previous month: South Africa October 2019: VW T-Cross breaks into Top 10 in first market uptick in 6 months (+0.2%)

One year ago: South Africa November 2018: VW Polo and Polo Vivo jump up in market down -4.6%

Full November 2019 Top 37 All-manufacturers and Top 250 All-models below.

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