The Toyota Hilux remains the most popular vehicle in South Africa. Picture wheels24.co.za
The South African new vehicle market is down -29.1% year-on-year in 2020 to 380.449 units, a level last seen in the early 2000s. Passenger cars are off -30.6% to 246.784 while Light Commercials drop -27.6% to 110.929 units. Toyota (-30.7%) remains the most popular carmaker in the country for a whopping 41st consecutive year, seeing its share erode slightly to 23.7%. Toyota hit its highest ever LCV market share this year at 41.9%. Most brands are significantly down, with Volkswagen off -28.9% and Ford down -30.7% but Suzuki bucks the negative trend with a 6.8% uptick mainly thanks to the success of the new S-Presso.
The Suzuki S-Presso is the best-selling 2020 launch in SA.
In the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (-23.6%) secures an 11th win in the past 12 years and improves its share to 8.2%. The Top 4 models are unchanged on last year with the VW Polo Vivo (-33.3%), Ford Ranger (-25.3%) and VW Polo (-27.6%) in tow. The Isuzu D-Max (-16.6%) edges up one spot to #5 while the Toyota Hiace (+25.8%) is up five to #6 for its first full year of sales. The Toyota Corolla Quest (-10.4%), Fortuner (-17.3%) and Ford Ecosport (-26%) all manage to keep their losses to below the market rate in the remainder of the Top 10. Among 2019 launches, the VW T-Cross (+61.9%) is up to #13 and the Hyundai Venue (+1359.9%) up to #19. There is one 2020 launch in the Top 25: the Suzuki S-Presso landing directly at #24.
Full Year 2020 Top 25 models and select 60 models vs. Full Year 2019 figures below.