STATE OF THE IN­DUS­TRY

Courtesy Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa

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WITH THE STRONGLY PER­FORM­ING im­porters/man­u­fac­tur­ers in the Top Ten seg­ment con­tin­u­ing to do well, it was ap­par­ent that mar­ket leader Toy­ota would con­tinue to dom­i­nate, as well as out­strip­ping its near­est ri­vals by sev­eral thou­sand units sold.

With to­tal sales of 11,123 units, Toy­ota achieved the re­mark­able per­for­mance (thanks to Hilux) of pro­vid­ing the over­all top seller with sales of 3,995, which was more than 1,600 units bet­ter than its tra­di­tional Ranger ri­val – that recorded 2,337 sales.

Toy­ota’s other stars in­cluded Corolla/ Auris/Quest (1,845), For­tuner (999), and RAV whose 448 sales al­most matched Hyundai’s 480 sales recorded by Tuc­son, and which was con­sid­er­ably bet­ter than Volk­swa­gen’s Tiguan fig­ures of 224.

As usual, Volk­swa­gen (8,012) slot­ted into sec­ond place with the Polo Vivo (2,942) be­ing the top-sell­ing pas­sen­ger car, fol­lowed by Polo (2,324), and Golf 7 on 441 sales. The Group’s Audi range also had a rea­son­able month with 794 to­tal sales, while the Amarok (224) should be do­ing much bet­ter.

In third place on 6,175 sales, Ford Mo­tor Co. re­lied, as al­ways, on the Ranger, Fi­esta (1,447), EcoSport (814), and Ever­est on an im­pres­sive 556 ve­hi­cles sold. There’s still some work to be done con­cern­ing the newly re­launched Kuga, and the model’s to­tal sales of 30 units will have to be ad­dressed.

Nis­san (5,098) tra­di­tion­ally used to slot in at num­ber six, but fully de­serves its fourth place with some good re­sults by the

NP200 on 1,638 units sold, the NP300 on 947 units sold, as well as the Dat­sun GO which recorded 558 sales. The for­mi­da­ble Navara, how­ever, con­tin­ues to dis­ap­point with only 159 units sold.

Stay­ing in fifth over­all, Hyundai (3,147) had a rea­son­able month with all its mod­els per­form­ing well – no­tably the Tuc­son (480), Creta (418), i20 (577), and the Grand i10 (490) sales.

Isuzu, soon to be with­out the GM al­ba­tross around its neck, slots in at six (2,609) with some dis­tin­guished per­for­mances by the Isuzu KB (1,440), Chev Ute (412), as well as the Opel to­tal of 271 units sold.

Mercedes-Benz con­tin­ues to cling to sev­enth over­all with a to­tal of 2,476 sales, while Re­nault (2,399) will prob­a­bly over­take the Ger­man brand within a month or so. Re­nault’s stars were the Kwid (758), San­dero II (413) and Kad­jar with 342 recorded sales.

Fast ap­proach­ing in Re­nault’s rearview mir­ror, Korean car­maker Kia (2,007) has upped its game from 1,575 in Au­gust, thanks to its in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Rio of which 795 found new homes, and the bril­liant lit­tle Pi­canto (970), which should crash through the one thou­sand bar­rier in the near fu­ture.

Strug­gling in the last place of the Top Ten rank­ings, BMW (1,664) will be lick­ing its wounds af­ter hav­ing sold 1,805 cars in Au­gust 2017.

Among the man­u­fac­tur­ers/im­porters fall­ing out­side the Top Ten rank­ings, Porsche, yet again, de­serves a spe­cial men­tion for sell­ing 102 ve­hi­cles, while

Mit­subishi (146) also im­proved some­what thanks to its in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar Pa­jero Sport (96).

Maserati (14) will have a good gig­gle at the ex­pense of Fer­rari (1), while the iconic Bent­ley name­plate went to three new own­ers.

Strug­gling along, as they have done for the past num­ber of months, Peu­geot recorded only 90 trans­ac­tions. Dis­tinctly, Suzuki sold 943 cars, con­tin­u­ing to choke Ja­panese car­maker Honda, which sold a to­tal of 623 ve­hi­cles.

Typ­i­cally, sales dur­ing the sec­ond half of the year are higher than ag­gre­gate sales in the first half, and an over­all im­prove­ment of around 1.5% is a strong pos­si­bil­ity.

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