Vehicle sales marginally down in October

Sales were, however, slightly up on October 2021 and reached the 400 000 mark.

According to Naamsa/The Automotive Business Council, October sales increased 11.4% to 45 966 units compared to the same month last year.

“While this performance in isolation continues to be reassuring to South Africa’s new vehicle market, it needs to be considered in terms of the performance for the rest of 2022 and the easing off of market activity year-to-date,” said Lebogang Gaoaketse, head of marketing and communications at WesBank.

Monthly sales were 3.8% lower than that of September. As a result, year-to-date market performance has eased to 13.1% from the year-to-September figure of 13.4%.

“The good news is that sales have breached the 400 000-mark by some margin and that a new vehicle market of over 500 000 units for the year is definitely possible,” said Gaoaketse. “In perspective, the year-to-date growth compared to last year is 50 713 units, or a good full month’s sales extra this year, which is good news for the industry and dealers alike.”

Lebogang Gaoaketse.

Passenger cars contributed 10.4% growth during October to 30 597 units. Dealer sales in the segment accounted for 24 454 units, an increase of 12.5% compared to October last year. Passenger car sales also broke a milestone year-to-date figure to reach 301 137 units, which is 19.8% ahead of the same 10 months last year.

The light commercial vehicle (LCV) segment, was down 1% year-to-date compared to 2021 to 111 751 sales. Dealers retailed 13.9% more LCVs in October than the same month last year, at 11 052 units.

The rental market contributed 6 032 units to the overall market volume during the month, up 4.5%.

“October sales remained reassuringly robust given the logistical disruptions experienced during the month,” said Gaoaketse. “With the rise in interest rates last month and the economic outlook provided by the mid-term budget, South African consumers are faced with a balancing act of affordability versus a growing need to replace their vehicles, a decision largely delayed over the past two years given the pandemic. It provides a cauldron of opportunity for the motor industry to meet the needs of motorists,” said Gaoaketse.

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Source: MotorPress

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