Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
2 minute read
1 Mar 2021
5:08 pm

No let-up as new vehicle sales end February head down

Charl Bosch

Export ended a two month winning streak by shedding eight percent in February.

Isuzu D-Max production facility in Port Elizabeth.

According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), sales dropped by 13.3% from 43 296 to 37 521. The 0.6% improvement on the figures released in January didn’t spill to the various segment though with passenger vehicles posting a drop of 18.1% from last year’s 29 622 to 24 270, and light commercial vehicles a 3.2% decline from 11 616 to 11 246.

Sales of medium and heavy duty commercials remained mixed with the former falling by 14.1% to 560 units and the latter improving by 3.1% to 1 445. After two months of recovering sales, exports ended the month in the red with a decline of eight percent from last year’s 32 143 to 29 582.

“The performance of the new vehicle market for the first two months of 2021, compared with the pre-Covid 19 first two months of 2020, continues to reflect the economic and social challenges in South Africa considering that the country’s economy was already in a recession before the outbreak of the global health pandemic,” NAAMSA said.

Although a rebound in the Page 3 of 4 new vehicle market is anticipated from March 2021 onwards, compared to the low-base affected Covid-19 corresponding months in 2020, it is likely that both business and consumer confidence will remain subdued over the balance of the year.

Out of the best performing manufactures, Toyota remained on top with sales of 8 308 units, followed by Volkswagen (6 652), Ford (3 020), Hyundai (2 792), Nissan (2 625), Suzuki (2 142), Kia (1 601), Isuzu, (1 497), Mercedes-Benz (1 442) and Renault (1 401).

FEBRUARY TOP 50 BEST SELLERS

POS MODEL UNITS
1 Toyota Hilux 3 031
2 Volkswagen Polo Vivo 2 543
3 Ford Ranger 1 858
4 Volkswagen Polo 1 402
5 Isuzu D-Max 1 318
6 Toyota HiAce 1 210
7 Nissan NP200 1 130
8 Suzuki Swift 945
9 Hyundai Venue 880
10 Volkswagen T-Cross 833
11 Toyota Corolla Quest 776
12 Kia Picanto 722
13 Toyota Fortuner 706
14 Toyota Starlet 667
15 Nissan NP300 Hardbody 551
16 Hyundai i20 489
17 Renault Kwid 465
18 Renault Triber 432
19 Toyota RAV4 419
20 Hyundai Grand i10 392
21 Mahindra Pik-Up 356
22 Suzuki Jimny 341
23 Suzuki S-Presso 341
24 Mazda CX-5 337
25 Kia Seltos 335
26 Volkswagen Polo Sedan 331
27 Nissan Qashqai 319
28 Toyota Land Cruiser 290
29 Toyota Ayga 285
30 Hyundai Creta 258
31 Renault Sandero 255
32 Volkswagen T-Roc 252
33 Toyota Avanza 239
34 Suzuki Vitara Brezza 231
35 Mazda CX-3 230
36 Datsun G0/Go+ 228
37 Hyundai H100 228
38 Kia Rio 228
39 Renault Duster 223
40 Hyundai Tucson 190
41 Volkswagen Amarok 189
42 Audi A3 182
43 Ford Figo 181
44 Ford Everest 174
45 GWM Steed 172
46 Nissan X-Trail 172
47 GWM P-series 160
48 Hyundai Atos 157
49 Kia Sportage 156
50 Land Rover Defender 125

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