Car sales decline continues
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers, South Africa (NAAMSA) has released figures for August and it shows the same trend evident over the last couple of years - an overall decline in car sales.
New vehicle sales are down 2.5% compared to August 2017.
Of the 47 964 units sold last month, an estimated 38 795 units, or 80.9%, represented dealer sales, an estimated 12.5% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 3.7% to industry corporate fleets and 2.9% to the government.
SA’s top selling brands are VW, Toyota, Ford, Nissan and Hyundai.
For Hyundai to be among the top five is quite an achievement seeing that it only imports vehicles and does not have a manufacturing plant in SA as do the other four brands, which also count their exports as sold units.
Suzuki, one of the newest brands in SA, continues to do well, having sold 1 197 units in August, beating established makers such as Honda (579), Opel (310), Peugeot (64) and Mitsubishi (136).
Mazda is another brand with reason to boast, having moved 1 230 cars.
Individual cars which did well in our market are the Polo and Polo Vivo (2 817 and 2 321 respectively), VW’s Tiguan (494), Toyota Rav4 (949), Etios (830), Ford Figo (808), Hyundai Grand i10 (1 141) and i20 (651), and Suzuki’s recently launched new Swift (403).
Ford’s new Ecosport also did well (575) and is set to reclaim its position as segment leader after a slump in sales as the old car was phased out to make way for the latest model.
Brands which are really having a tough time in SA currently are GWM (58), JMC (17), the Fiat/Jeep franchise (106) and TATA (3).