The Toyota Hilux is once again the most popular vehicle in South Africa.
New vehicle sales in South Africa improve by a solid 13.9% year-on-year in 2022 to 528,963, just under the pre-pandemic total of 536,612 units. This result is achieved despite “global supply chain disruptions, along with the impact of the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal, elevated inflation, an upward trend in interest rates and record fuel prices” according to Naamsa. Passenger cars and SUVs increase 19.3% to 363,092, light commercials edge up 2% to 135,666, medium commercials gain 11.3% to 8,370 and heavy trucks and buses soar 11.7% to 21,835.
Toyota dominates the brands ranking once again with a whopping 1 in 4 vehicles or 25% share. It distances the Volkswagen Group at 13.2% and Suzuki at 8.9%, Hyundai at 6.8% and Nissan at 5.8%. Renault and Ford follow with Haval, Kia and Isuzu rounding out the Top 10. Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (-10.8%) celebrates 10 consecutive years in the pole position, while the VW Polo Vivo (-4.6%) and Ford Ranger (-9.1%) are also down but closing a podium identical to 2021. The Isuzu D-Max (+3.9%) gains one spot to #4 while the Toyota Urban Cruiser (+91.2%) up five ranks to #5. The Suzuki Swift (+93%) also manages a tremendous year-on-year uptick at #6 but the Toyota Corolla Cross (+339.2%) does even better, ending its first full year in market at #7 and ranking #2 in October, November and December. Notice also the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro notching its first Top 10 finish in December at #10.
Two years ago: South Africa 2020: Market down -29.1% to lowest in 20 years
Full Year 2022 Top 10 models and Top 10 brands below.
Full December 2022 Top 50 models and Top 5 brands below.