South Africa’s Best Selling Cars Of 2017

The best selling cars of last year have been named. The VW Polo Vivo is still at the top of the list. We find out the full scoop.
Melissa Cohen
2018-02-09
Car sales in South Africa increased by 1.8% year on year with the Toyota Hilux still taking first place. This was followed closely by the Ford Ranger in second place. The best selling passenger vehicle has yet again been the Volkswagen Polo Vivo with the Toyota Fortuner closely behind. Although car sales were spread throughout the country, Gauteng had the most car sales during 2017. This information is courtesy of Lightstone Auto's annual sales report. We take a look at a further breakdown of the best selling cars in South Africa for 2017.
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Top Passenger Vehicle

VW has yet again picked up another win among South African vehicle owners. The VW Polo Vivo sold a total of 28 402 units in 2017 with the Polo selling 22 916 units. This equates to an average of 2 367 units sold per month. The Vivo was named as the third best-selling vehicle overall on South African turf, as well as being named the best passenger vehicle. The Vivo was most popular in Gauteng, Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Western Cape respectively. The Toyota Fortuner was named the second best-selling passenger vehicle in the country, however it sold 5 000 units less than the Vivo. Although the Fortuner came in second best, it sold across more provinces than the Vivo. According to Lightstone Auto, the Fortuner was most popular in the following cities:
  • North West;
  • Limpopo;
  • Northern Cape;
  • Free State;
  • Mpumalanga.

Hilux Vs Ranger

The race for the top spot of bakkies still continues, with the Toyota Hilux consistently taking first place. Although the Hilux continues to remain the number one bakkie in its  class, the Ford Ranger is hot on its trail. In 2017, the Hilux sold a whopping 36 422 units, while the Ranger sold 32 811 units countrywide. Although this might sound like a vast difference in sales, the Ranger did better on the export front. There were 57 311 Ford Ranger units which were exported abroad. This is better than the Hilux export rates. There were 40 990 Toyota Hilux units exported last year. Both the Hilux and the Ranger are assembled in South Africa vehicle manufacturing plants.

2016 Vs 2017 Car Sale Stats

Nowadays, purchasing a brand new vehicle is not an everyday occurrence as vehicle prices continue to rise. Although vehicles have become so expensive and the cheap ones have proven to be unsafe, vehicles are selling. In fact, for the first time in four years, new vehicle sales have improved by 1.8%. Even though this is quite a little, it is still an improvement that the industry has been waiting for. The table below shows the annual growth in the industry from 2016 to 2017 respectively. There was a total of 557 568 new vehicles sold in 2017. This is up from 547 547 vehicles sold in 2016.
Sale Of New Vehicles In SA In 2016 Vs 2017
Type Of Vehicle Number Of Vehicles Sold (2016) Number Of Vehicles Sold (2017)
Cars 361 264 368 068
LCV 159 283 163 346
Medium Commercials 8 315 7 785
Heavy Trucks & Busses 18 685 18 387
Total: 547 547 557 586

Numbers By Province

The infographic below illustrates the number of cars sold in each province within South Africa. Take a look at the results: We breakdown further the top selling cars per province for 2017. This information has been provided by Lightstone Auto. Take a look:

Gauteng

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 8 188
#2 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 6 824
#3 Toyota Fortuner 3 792
#4 Ford Fiesta 3 559
#5 Toyota Etios 3 266

Eastern Cape 

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 1 044
#2 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 831
#3 Toyota Fortuner 616
#4 Ford Ecosport 581
#5 Toyota Etios 434

Northern Cape

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 Toyota Fortuner 307
#2 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 249
#3 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 222
#4 Ford Ecosport 176
#5 Toyota Etios 163

Western Cape

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 307
#2 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 249
#3 Toyota Fortuner 222
#4 Ford Ecosport 176
#5 Toyota Etios 163

Kwa-Zulu Natal

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 3 202
#2 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 2 560
#3 Toyota Fortuner 1 689
#4 Toyota Etios 1 556
#5 Hyundai i20 1 480

North West

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 Toyota Fortuner 531
#2 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 516
#3 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 461
#4 Ford Ecosport 418
#5 Ford Everest 349

Mpumalanga 

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 Toyota Fortuner 946
#2 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 924
#3 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 912
#4 Toyota Etios 511
#5 Ford Ecosport 447

Limpopo

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 Toyota Fortuner 688
#2 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 579
#3 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 578
#4 Toyota Etios 535
#5 Toyota Rav 347

Free State

Top Selling Car Model Of Vehicle  Units Sold
#1 Toyota Fortuner 537
#2 VW Polo Vivo (Hatch and Sedan) 473
#3 VW Polo (Hatch and Sedan) 388
#4 Ford Ecosport 335
#5 Ford Everest 285
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