The previous generation VW Polo remains in production in South Africa, sold under the Polo Vivo name.
The South African new vehicle market edges down -5% year-on-year in January to 40.259 registrations. Toyota (-26.8%) is hit very hard this month but nevertheless manages to hold onto the manufacturers top spot at 20.5% share vs. 19.7% for the Volkswagen Group (+8.6%) which in contrast manages the largest gain in the Top 5. Ford (-7.3%) climbs back onto the podium above Nissan (-26%), with Hyundai (+1.9%) rounding out the Top 5 with a slight uptick. Renault (+71.5%) and Suzuki (+61.4%) are once again the heroes of the month, going completely against the depleted market to post spectacular year-on-year gains. Notice also Kia (+7.4%) up in the remainder of the Top 10. Below, newcomer Haval remains at #13 with 2.3% share, while Peugeot-Citroen (+596.4%), Porsche (+68%), Mitsubishi (+21.4%) and Mahindra (+14.3%) are among the best performers.
Model-wise, the VW Polo Vivo (+14.2%) ends 16 consecutive monthly wins by the Toyota Hilux (-4%) , lodging its first pole position in exactly two years, since January 2018. The VW Polo (-29.9%) rallies back up to the third step of the podium but takes a steep fall compared to January 2019, as does the Ford Ranger (-20.9%) in 4th place. However the Renault Kwid (+94.6%), Suzuki Swift (+72%) and Ford Ecosport (+66.7%) post fantastic gains in the remainder of the Top 10. The Toyota Hiace (#10) tops recent launches just above the VW T-Cross (#11), with the Haval H2 (#19) breaking into the South African Top 20 for the first time and the Hyundai Venue (#28), Kia Seltos (#35), Haval H1 (#36) and Hyundai Atos (#43) in tow. The Indian-made Renault Triber lands at #158 with its first 20 South African units sold this month.
Full January 2020 Top 38 All-manufacturers and Top 260 All-models below.