SA ve­hi­cle sales bounce back slightly

Hilux on top again while Kia and Hyundai quit their se­crecy

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - MO­TOR­ING STAFF

THE SOUTH African new-ve­hi­cle mar­ket con­tin­ued its pos­i­tive per­for­mance in July with sales of 46 719 units show­ing a growth of 4.1 per­cent com­pared to the same month last year.

Ac­cord­ing to the lat­est fig­ures re­leased by Naamsa, pas­sen­ger car sales in par­tic­u­lar showed a healthy resur­gence, with sales of 30 826 units re­flect­ing a growth of 6.2 per­cent over July 2016. Light com­mer­cials, which have buoyed the mar­ket with strong growth in re­cent years, showed a mar­ginal 1.7 per­cent im­prove­ment in July, while medium and heavy trucks dipped by 16.1 and 3.7 per­cent re­spec­tively.

Out of all re­ported fig­ures, an es­ti­mated 79.2 per­cent rep­re­sented dealer sales, 13.8 went to rental fleets, 3.9 to gov­ern­ment and 3.1 to cor­po­rate fleets.

The re­cent in­ter­est rate drop will offer some re­lief to hard-pressed car buy­ers, while ex­pected ex­change rate sta­bil­i­sa­tion should keep ve­hi­cle price in­fla­tion to a min­i­mum, says Naamsa. How­ever the as­so­ci­a­tion ex­pects the over­all mar­ket to re­main fairly flat for 2017 with sim­i­lar sales num­bers to 2016.

Af­ter years of boy­cott from Kia and Hyundai, the Korean brands have now jumped onto the Naamsa band­wagon and will re­port in­di­vid­ual sales fig­ures go­ing for­ward.

The Kia Pi­canto was the best seller in July from the two sis­ter com­pa­nies, with 659 sales, while other good-per­form­ing mod­els in­cluded the Kia Rio (635), and Hyundai Grand i10 (565) and Hyundai Creta (514).

Mercedes-Benz and BMW, how­ever, are still stand­ing by their de­ci­sion to not re­port in­di­vid­ual sales. Top 50 best-sell­ing ve­hi­cles in July: 1. Toy­ota Hilux 3100 2. VW Polo Vivo 2675 3. Ford Ranger 2300 4. VW Polo 1623 5. Toy­ota Corolla/Auris/Quest 1480 6. Nis­san Hard­body 1396 7. Nis­san NP200 1376 8. Isuzu KB 1209 9. Toy­ota Quan­tum 1203 10. Toy­ota For­tuner 1033 11. Ford Fi­esta 998 12. Toy­ota Etios 973 13. Ford Ecos­port 851 14. Re­nault Kwid 799 15. Chevy Util­ity 780 16. Kia Pi­canto 659 17. Dat­sun Go 647 18. Toy­ota Rav4 641 19. Kia Rio 635 20. Hyundai Grand i10 565 21. Hyundai Creta 514 22. VW Golf 483 23. Re­nault San­dero 469 24. Hyundai Tuc­son 435 25. Toy­ota Avanza 412 26. Nis­san Almera 406 27. VW Tiguan 371 28. Re­nault Clio 362 29. Ford Ever­est 359 30. VW Amarok 355 31. Ford Figo 354 32. Hyundai i20 349 33. Mazda CX-5 342 34. Suzuki Swift 337 35. Hyundai Ac­cent 327 36. Audi A3 319 37. Mazda CX-3 298 38. Hyundai i10 280 39. VW Up 277 40. Hyundai H100 269 41. Ford Kuga 261 42. Ford Fo­cus 249 43. Toy­ota Yaris 242 44. Mazda3 234 45. Re­nault Cap­tur 228 45. Toy­ota Land Cruiser PU 228 46. Audi A4 226 47. Nis­san X-Trail 224 48. Nis­san NV350 Taxi 209 48. Nis­san Qashqai 209 49. Mazda2 203 50. Re­nault Kad­jar 197

This list ex­cludes BMW and Mercedes-Benz which do not re­port in­di­vid­ual monthly sales fig­ures.

Kia is for the first time re­port­ing its monthly sales, and the new Pi­canto was the brand’s top seller in July.

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