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South Africa September 2018: Toyota, Suzuki strong, market down 1.9%

The Fortuner (+35%) helps Toyota up 11% in South Africa in September.

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The South African new vehicle market edges down 1.9% year-on-year in September to 49.670 registrations, however exports reach a record for the month at 36.781 units, up 1.2% on September 2017. Back to sales with dealer sales accounting for 78.6% of the total, rentals at 16.5%, corporate fleets at 2.7% and government sales at 2.2%. Cars are down 2.6% to 32.786 (with rentals at 23.4% in this segment), while light commercials enduring a more subdued drop at -1.2% to 14.342. Year-to-date, new vehicle sales in South Africa are down just 0.8% to 412.916 units. No surprises in the manufacturers ranking: the Top 9 reflects the YTD order, with Toyota (+11%) on top followed by the VW Group (+7%), Ford (-11%), Nissan (-1%) and Hyundai-Kia (-17%). Renault (+8%) and Suzuki (+21%) are the only two other Top 10 carmakers in positive. Mahindra (+48%), Volvo (+46%) and FCA (+74%) stand out further down.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux (-1%) reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date despite a slight drop, while the VW Polo (+66%) lurks only 77 sales below at #2, once again boosted by the new generation just as the Ford Ranger (+29%) posts a very strong score in third place. The VW Polo Vivo (-34%) suffers from its younger sibling’s health but the Toyota Yaris (+1108%!), Fortuner (+35%) and Nissan NP200 aka Dacia Logan Pickup (+15%) are also sturdy in the remainder of the Top 10. Below, the VW Tiguan (+152%), Renault Clio (+149%) and Hyundai Grand i10 (+114%) impress while the Toyota Rush (#44) leads all recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Volvo XC40 (#90) and Jaguar E-Pace (#100).

Previous month: South Africa August 2018: New gen lifts VW Polo to first win in 4 years

One year ago: South Africa September 2017: Toyota Hilux up 30% in market up 7%

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South Africa August 2018: New gen lifts VW Polo to first win in 4 years

The VW Polo is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa for the first time since July 2014.

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New vehicle sales in South Africa drop 2.5% year-on-year in August to 47.964 registrations, sending the year-to-date tally down 0.8% to 363.233 units. Retail sales account for 80.9% of the August total, with rental sales at 12.5% and industry corporate fleets at 3.7% and government sales at 2.9%. Cars are down 2.2% to 31.447 with rentals accounting for 17%. Light commercials drop 5.8% to 13.956. Toyota (+1%) remains by far the most popular manufacturer in the country, alongside with the Volkswagen Group (+9%) braving the adverse conditions with year-on-year gains. Ford (-23%) on the other hand is struggling while Nissan (-2%) matches the market at #4 ahead of Hyundai-Kia and Renault, both up 6%. Volvo (+77%), Mahindra (+35%), Mitsubishi (+27%) and Mazda (+12%) also shine.

Model-wise, the VW Polo is boosted up 63% by the new generation to take the lead for the first time in over four years (since July 2014), an honour that normally goes to its older sibling the Polo Vivo. The Toyota Hilux (-1%) is knocked down to #2 but remains comfortably in the YTD pole position at 26.600 sales vs. 20.110 for its immediate follower the Ford Ranger (-1%) also down one spot on July to #3. The VW Polo Vivo (-21%) looks like it is hurting from the competition of the Polo even though its has jumped one generation as the new Polo launches. The Nissan NP200 (+4%) aka Dacia Logan I pickup remains impressively solid, followed by the Isuzu KB (+12%) and Toyota Quantum (+2%) while the Hyundai Grand i10 (+73%) and Kia Picanto (+27%) post the largest gains in the Top 10 and the Toyota Rush (#38) tops all recent launches, well ahead of the Opel Crossland X (#87), Isuzu MU-X (#89), Jaguar E-Pace (#98), Volvo XC40 (#100) and Mercedes X Class (#102).

Previous month: South Africa July 2018: Toyota majestic in market up 2.5%

One year ago: South Africa August 2017: Nissan up 40%, Hilux leads in market up 6.5%

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South Africa July 2018: Toyota majestic in market up 2.5%

The Toyota Rush has landed in South Africa.

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The South African new vehicle market is up 2.5% year-on-year in July to 47.881 units, almost lifting the year-to-date tally to neutral territory at -0.3% to 315.293 registrations. Toyota (+27%) files above all other manufacturers at 26.8% share vs. 24.5% so far in 2018, while the Volkswagen Group (+4%) just outpaces the market to 16.1% vs. 15.6% but Ford (-13%) sinks to 10.1% share. Suzuki (+66%) is the only impressive performer in the remainder of the Top 10 whereas GM/Isuzu (-40%), Renault (-18%) and Mercedes (-15%) all fall heavily. Further down, Mitsubishi (+94%), Volvo (+60%), Mahindra (+33%) and Honda (+25%) impress. Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux (+9%) continues to reign supreme, now sporting a 5.637-unit YTD advantage over the Ford Ranger, while the VW Polo is boosted up 74% to #2 by the new generation. The Toyota Corolla (+38%) is likely benefiting from rebates ahead of the arrival of the new gen hatch, with the Toyota Yaris (+302%), Ford Figo (+128%), Hyundai Grand i10 (+102%), Hyundai i20 (+87%), Toyota RAV4 (+48%), Kia Picanto (+36%) and Toyota Avanza (+30%) also showing great health in the Top 20. The Toyota Rush lands directly on South African shores at an excellent 24th spot.

Previous month: South Africa June 2018: Toyota, Renault, Volvo and Suzuki pull market up

One year ago: South Africa July 2017: Toyota Hilux reclaims YTD lead

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South Africa June 2018: Toyota, Renault, Volvo and Suzuki pull market up

The Kwid scores its second ever Top 10 finish in South Africa, helping Renault up 47%.

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New vehicle sales in South Africa edge up 2.9% year-on-year in June to 46.678 registrations, meaning the year-to-date tally is now down by just 0.6% at 267.427 units. Toyota (+13%) sails off as the best-selling carmaker in the country with 25.3% share vs. 24% YTD, whereas the Volkswagen Group sinks 10% to 14.4% vs. 15.6%. Nissan (+21%), Hyundai-Kia (+14%) and Ford (-24%) round up the Top 5 with Volvo (+93%), Suzuki (+64%), Renault (+47%), Mahindra (+43%) and Jaguar Land Rover (+34%) among the most dynamic below. The Toyota Hilux (+25%) cements its leadership in the models ranking, seeing the Ford Ranger (-22%) skid down to over 1.300 sales below for the month. The VW Polo Vivo (-9%) is back up to the third place it holds YTD, ahead of the Nissan NP200 (+74%) and the VW Polo (-3%). The Renault Kwid is up 62% to score its first Top 10 finish of 2018 – and second ever after hitting #6 last December, with the Hyundai Creta (+1826%), Toyota Yaris (+281%), Renault Sandero (+140%) and Hyundai i20 (+92%) also impressive near the top. The pickup-based Isuzu MU-X lands directly at #44, becoming the most popular recent launch (<12 months) above the Volvo XC40 (#82) and Jaguar E-Pace (#93).

Previous month: South Africa May 2018: Nissan up 26% in market up 2.9%

One year ago: South Africa June 2017: Ford Ranger holds onto slim lead over Toyota Hilux

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South Africa May 2018: Nissan up 26% in market up 2.9%

Nissan NP200 sales gain 60% year-on-year in South Africa in May.

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The South African new vehicle market signs a third consecutive month of gains at +2.9% year-on-year in May to 42.984 units, yet the year-to-date volume remains in negative at -1.3% to 220.783 registrations. Toyota (+11%), Hyundai-Kia (+15%) and Nissan (+26%) are the three manufacturers in the Top 5 to frankly beat the market whereas the Volkswagen Group (+2%) and more strikingly Ford (-15%) both under-perform. Peugeot-Citroen (+92%), Suzuki (+52%), Volvo (+51%) and Jaguar Land Rover (+16%) are among the best performers further down.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux wins for the 9th time in the past 12 months thanks to deliveries up 21% year-on-year, comfortably distancing its archenemy the Ford Ranger (-2%) while the VW Polo is boosted up 44% by the new generation, edging past the older VW Polo Vivo (-4%). The Nissan NP200 – aka Dacia Logan pickup – surges 60% to return to the 5th place it holds year-to-date. With the Hyundai Creta now over one year old, the Volvo XC40 (#91) is now the best-selling recent launch in South Africa ahead of the Opel Grandland X (#98) appearing in the charts for the first time. The Hyundai Grand i10 (+82%), VW Tiguan (+67%) and Renault Sandero (+50%) also post solid showings.

Previous month: South Africa April 2018: Toyota Hilux soars 36% to cement lead

One year ago: South Africa May 2017: Ford Ranger edges ahead in market down 3%

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South Africa April 2018: Toyota Hilux soars 36% to cement lead

The Toyota Hilux has topped South African sales for 8 of the past 10 months,

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The South African new vehicle market is up 3.6% year-on-year in April to 36.346 units, leading to a YTD volume down 2.6% to 177.617 registrations. The Top three manufacturers all beat the market with Toyota and the Volkswagen Group both up 9% and Hyundai-Kia up 35%, overtaking Ford down 19%. Mazda (+38%), Nissan (+19%), the BMW Group (+9%) and Renault (+8%) also do very well whereas General Motors/Isuzu (-54%) and Mercedes (-15%) struggle. Outside the Top 10, Jaguar Land Rover (+63%), Volvo (+50%), Suzuki (+46%) and Mahindra (+26%) shine.

Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux lodges an 8th win in the past 10 months thanks to deliveries surging 36% to 7.4% share, with the Ford Ranger (+20%) in tow. The VW Polo Vivo (+28%) and VW Polo (+21%) also post sizeable gains below. The Isuzu KB (+2%) is up three spots to #5, distancing the Nissan NP200 (-12%) and Toyota Quantum (-8%) both in difficulty while the Hyundai Grand i10 soars 129% to #8 and the Kia Picanto surges 87% to #10. The Hyundai Creta (#14) is the best-selling recent launch above the Suzuki Ignis (#42), Volvo XC40 (#66) and Opel Crossland X (#78).

Note: FCA did not report sales in South Africa for the month.

Previous month: South Africa March 2018: VW Polo Vivo and Nissan NP200 up

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

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South Africa March 2018: VW Polo Vivo and Nissan NP200 up

Nissan NP200 sales are up 21% year-on-year in South Africa in March.

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The South African new car market is up 1.1% year-on-year to 49.233 registrations in March, but the Q1 volume remains in negative at -4.1% to 141.2872 units. Toyota easily remains the most popular manufacturer in the country, improving faster than the market at +3% to 23.1% share and distancing the Volkswagen Group (+2%), Ford (-7%) and Nissan surging 25% to 11% share. Renault (+33%), Mazda (+16%) and Hyundai-Kia (+12%) also shine inside the Top 10 whereas General Motors/Isuzu crumbles down 51%. Further down, the Fiat Group (+50%), Suzuki (+50%), Honda (+19%), Jaguar Land Rover (+17%) and Mahindra (+13%) are among the most dynamic. Model-wise, the Toyota Hilux cements its leadership with a 11% year-onyear gain while the VW Polo Vivo – now the Polo Mk5 in hatchback variant, still the Mk4 sedan though – rallies back up two spots on February and 15% year-on-year to #2. The Ford Ranger (-15%), VW Polo (+6%) and Nissan NP200 (+21%) – aka Dacia Logan pickup – round up the Top 5. The Toyota Yaris (+328%), Renault Kwid (+131%), Datsun GO (+112%), Hyundai Grand i10 (+110%), Toyota Quantum (+24%) and Kia Picanto (+23%) also impress while the Hyundai Creta tops all recent launches at #30.

Previous month: South Africa February 2018: Toyota Hilux and VW Polo top market down 3.8%

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

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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

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

The VW Polo Vivo is the best-selling vehicle in South Africa in January. 

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South African new vehicle sales start 2018 on the wrong foot with a steep 8.8% year-on-year decline in January to 45.888 units. Toyota limits its fall to -3% to reach a strong 25.9% share, three percentage points above its FY2017 level of 22.9%. The Volkswagen Group (-16%) and Ford (-27%) both dive faster than the market, resulting is reduced shares, whereas Hyundai-Kia (-4%) and Nissan (+2%) post solid results and round up the Top 5 as they did in 2017. Renault impresses with a 19% gain in 6th place, with Suzuki (+81%), Mazda (+15%), the BMW Group (+6%), Jaguar Land Rover (+6%) and Mahindra (+1%) also landing positive scores in the Top 15.

Model-wise, the VW Polo Vivo (-3%) leaps up to the top spot this month, eclipsing the Toyota Hilux (+12%) and Ford Ranger (-15%) with the Toyota Corolla (-16%) and Nissan NP200 (+38%) rounding up the Top 5. The Isuzu KB (+55%) and Hyundai Grand i10 (+225%) post the largest gains in the Top 10 while the Nissan Micra (+819%), VW Golf (+85%), BMW 3 Series (+72%), Ford Figo (+64%) and VW Tiguan (+55%) also shine. The Hyundai Creta (#31) leads recent launches (<12 months) ahead of the Toyota C-HR (#46), Suzuki Ignis (#57) and Range Rover Velar (#81).

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

One year ago: South Africa January 2017: Market up, VW Polo and Polo Vivo on top

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

The Toyota Hilux posts its 5th consecutive annual win in South Africa. 

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For the first time since 2013, the South African new vehicle market registers a positive result at year-end, with deliveries up 1.8% to 557.586 units. Passenger cars follow the market at +1.9% to 368.068 sales, light commercials over-perform at +2.6% to 163.346 while medium commercials (down 6.4% to 7.785) and heavy trucks and buses (-1.6% to 18.387) both fall. Some bad news for the South African industry: exports skid down 4.6% to 329.053 units with passenger cars suffering the most at -7% to 221.928. Toyota remains by far the best-selling manufacturer in the country, frankly outpacing the market with a 9% gain to 22.9% share, distancing the Volkswagen Group (+0.4%) at 15.6%, Ford (-4%) at 12.8%, Hyundai-Kia (-1%) at 9.5% and Nissan (+26%) at 9.3%. General Motors/Isuzu (-19%) and Mercedes (-10%) complete a Top 7 unchanged on 2016. Renault impresses with a 21% surge, overtaking the BMW Group (-19%) to #8 overall while Mazda (+11%) rounds up the Top 10 like in 2016. Suzuki soars 69%, Mahindra is up 27%, the Fiat Group up 23% and Great Wall Motors up 117%.

Over in the models ranking, the Toyota Hilux holds onto its crown for the 5th year in a row and the 8th time in the past 9 years, beating the market at +3% to 6.5% share. It once again extends its lead on the Ford Ranger edging up 1% to 5.9%. The VW Polo Vivo (-2%), Polo (-2%), Toyota Corolla (+10%) and Quantum (+5%) complete a Top 6 unchanged on 2016. The Nissan NP200 (a rebadged Dacia Logan Pickup) steps up one spot to #7 thanks to deliveries up 20% vs. +15% for the Toyota Etios down to #8. The Toyota Fortuner soars 24% to break into the Top 10 at #9, the Nissan NP300 Hardbody is up 43% and the Renault Kwid (+531%) ends its first full year on the South African market at a very satisfying 15th place, instantly becoming the carmaker’s best-seller here and peaking at #6 in December. Notice also the Ford Everest (+172%), Hyundai Tucson (+129%), Nissan Almera (+100%), VW Tiguan (+82%), Suzuki Swift (+57%), Mazda CX-3 (+43%) and VW Golf (+36%) all posting spectacular gains in the Top 50 which only includes one all-new nameplate for 2017: the Hyundai Creta (#49).

Previous month: South Africa November 2017: Toyota Hilux back in charge

Previous year: South Africa Full Year 2016: Toyota Hilux sovereign in market down 11%

Two years ago: South Africa Full Year 2015: Toyota Hilux holds off Ford Ranger threat

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