South Africa’s Vehicle Sales Continue To Fall

Total vehicle sales in South Africa have fallen by 8.2 percent in the past year, according to Naamsa (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa).
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Published: Thursday, September 3rd 2015
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Written By: Jessica Woodruff   Last month saw just 55 055 vehicles sold across the country with passenger cars and LCV sectors dropping by 7.8 percent. Medium and heavy commercial vehicles dropped by a shocking 11.2 and 17.9 percent.

Naamsa interprets this as a continuous downward trend in business as well as a resilient consumer sentiment, despite car makers attempting to introduce attractive incentive packages during the difficult trading conditions.

The climate in South Africa has not however affected the global market and exports have continued to do well with a 12.3 percent year-on-year growth.

"Whilst still early to understand the full impact of the depreciation of the rand against major currencies, this will add continued pressure on new passenger vehicles and we anticipate that the current year on year declines will continue for the remainder of 2015," said Nicholas Nkosi of Standard Bank.

WHO WAS AT THE TOP?

The battle of the bakkies seem to have taken a back seat for now as Volkswagen's Polo Vivo, a well known favourite, claimed the number one position for sales in August.

The Ford Ecosport and Fiesta have since gained popularity with August 2015 sales stats revealing 1027 and 1230 units.

Take a look at some of the top performers:

AUGUST 2015 - THE NUMBERS:

SALES CHANNELS

Dealer sales: 81.2%

Rental industry: 12.3%

Government: 3.6%

Corporate fleets: 2.9%

TOP COMPANIES

1. Toyota - 9939

2. Volkswagen - 8472

3. Ford - 6622

4. General Motors - 5155

5. AMH/AAD - 5047

6. Nissan - 4038

7. Mercedes-Benz - 2676

8. BMW - 1725

9. Renault - 1400

10. Honda - 817

TOP 20  REPORTED SALES

(Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Kia Mercedes-Band GWM were non-reporters)

1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo - 2711

2. Ford Ranger - 2472

3. Toyota Hilux - 2449

4. Volkswagen Polo - 2313

5. Toyota Corolla/Quest/Auris - 2215

6. Nissan NP200 - 1565

7. Toyota Etios - 1417

8. Isuzu KB - 1400

9. Chevrolet Utility - 1301

10. Ford Fiesta - 1230

11. Toyota Quantum - 1150

12. Ford Ecosport - 1027

13. Ford Figo - 856

14. Nissan NP300 Hardbody - 844

15. Toyota Fortuner - 785

16. BMW 3 Series - 665

17. Renault Sandero - 570

18. Chevrolet Spark - 559

19. Volkswagen Golf - 538

20. Datsun Go - 503

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