STATE OF THE IN­DUS­TRY

Courtesy Na­tional Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion of South Africa

Driven - - TOP 5 SUPERCARS -

THE PAS­SEN­GER VE­HI­CLE SEG­MENT proved to be the most pop­u­lar in June 2018, when it recorded 29,886 new ve­hi­cle sales with an im­prove­ment of 4.4%, or 1,261 units over the cor­re­spond­ing month of 2017, while the light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle seg­ment reg­is­tered a slight drop to a to­tal of 14,261 – 52 units fewer than 12 months ago.

In the top ten sec­tion, Toy­ota out­sold all oth­ers with a phe­nom­e­nal to­tal of 11,824 sales – even bet­ter than the 10,688 ve­hi­cles sold in May this year.

Yet again, the un­stop­pable Hilux led the sales charge with 3,936 units edg­ing the Ja­pa­nese name­plate nearer to the magic 4,000 mark. Other Toy­ota suc­cesses were recorded by Corolla/Auris/Quest (1,226), For­tuner on 1,190, Etios with 977 sales, Yaris (885), and RAV with a top-ten plac­ing 753 ve­hi­cles sold. Volk­swa­gen (6,715) re­mains firmly in sec­ond place – some­what bet­ter than its 6,524 sales in May.

The com­pany’s best-sell­ers were Polo Vivo (2,285) and new Polo on 1,844 sales. Tiguan, like­wise, per­formed well with 518 units sold but is still un­able to make head­way against the RAV. Sadly, the Amarok’s 314 to­tal is less than 10% of the Hilux to­tal.

It was the fight for third place, how­ever, which set the cat among the pi­geons. The writ­ing for Ford was on the wall as re­cently as May this year when its 4,164 to­tal sales were only slightly ahead of Nis­san’s 4,100 to­tal. June, though, saw a dra­matic re­ver­sal in for­tunes with Nis­san’s 4,977 to­tal sales be­ing more than enough to de­feat Ford’s to­tal of 4,064 ve­hi­cles sold.

Nis­san con­tin­ues to rely heav­ily on its light com­mer­cials, where NP200 recorded an ex­cel­lent 1,847 sales and NP300 ended on 783. The com­pany’s X-Trail (508) also did well, while 466 units of Dat­sun GO found new homes.

Unac­cus­tomed to fourth place in the top ten list­ings, Ford will re­group while pon­der­ing the sud­den de­par­ture of CEO Dr Casper Kruger after only a few months at the helm. Ford con­tin­ues to rely on Ranger (2,667), while good re­sults were posted by Ever­est (406), Fi­esta on 346, and a mod­est 221 sales by EcoSport.

Hyundai (3,108) re­tains fifth over­all with good show­ings by Grand i10 (933), Creta on 597 sales, and i20 on 579 sales. Keep an eye on the H100 (212), which is set to over­take the Mahin­dra Scor­pio Pik Up (232).

The sales month also pro­vided an­other sur­prise when Re­nault (2,475) moved into sixth over­all at the ex­pense of Mercedes­Benz (2,070). Re­nault’s best per­form­ers were Kwid (1,023), San­dero II on 937 sales, and Clio IV on 216 units sold. Mer­cedes-Benz still doesn’t pro­vide a break­down of in­di­vid­ual model sales.

Also breath­ing down the neck of Mercedes­Benz, Isuzu (1,964) man­aged to hold on to eight over­all with its re­li­able KB and its rel­a­tively new MU-X SUV en­try.

BMW recorded an­other month in ninth over­all with a rea­son­ably mod­est 1,714 sales – thanks to 3 Se­ries record­ing 530 and X3 on 293 sales re­spec­tively.

Bring­ing up the rear in tenth over­all, KIA (1,409) can thank Pi­canto (764) and Rio on 315 sales. The com­pany’s SUV port­fo­lio in the form of Sportage (142) and Sorento (6) are strug­gling some­what at the hand of ‘more af­ford­able’ life­style-ori­ented ve­hi­cles. Mean­while, the top-seller out­side the top ten, Mazda (1,067) per­formed well thanks to CX-5 on 427 sales, and Mazda3 that recorded 254 sales. Other man­u­fac­tur­ers/ im­porters that caught the eye in­cluded Volvo, which moved up from its av­er­age of

200 sales per month, to a re­spectable 301. This was en­tirely due to the bril­liant new XC40 (101) with good sup­port com­ing from XC60 (83), as well as 21 cus­tomers who voted for the XC90, South Africa’s 2016 Car of the Year.

Other niche im­porters such as Jaguar/ Land Rover also per­formed rea­son­ably well, record­ing 486 sales of which 123 car­ried the Jaguar name­plate. This is sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter than Toy­ota’s Lexus divi­sion with its mod­est 56 sales.

In the rar­efied air sec­tor where pric­ing is ca­su­ally men­tioned in Bar, Porsche con­tin­ues to im­press with 97 sales, in­clud­ing the de­lec­ta­ble 911 which went to 33 new own­ers. Bent­ley, Fer­rari and Maserati all recorded six sales each, but Lam­borgh­ini did not ad­vise as to whether or not they man­aged to sell any cars. The im­pres­sive Audi R8, on the other hand, only man­aged to con­vince two buy­ers to sign up.

Mean­while, Naamsa be­lieves that ro­bust in­ter­na­tional busi­ness con­fi­dence will be good for our ex­port pro­grammes – on con­di­tion that the threat of pro­tec­tion­ism is brought un­der con­trol and the po­lit­i­cal cli­mate sta­bilises.

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