Car sales de­cline con­tin­ues

Zululand Observer - Monday - - ZO MOTORING - Val van der Walt

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).

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