Motoring

Suzuki dominates March sales figures

Suzuki - one of the top five manufacturers in South Africa, performs like a Jack Russel. It continues to set benchmarks and sales records.

The industry business council, naamsa, reported on Friday that the industry sold a combined 50 607 units in March. That makes it the best sales month for the entire industry since October 2019 and the start of the pandemic.

“March is traditionally a strong sales month for the South African Automobile Industry, which in conjunction with a slightly healthier stock supply, enabled a 16.5% increase in overall sales.

“We are very happy to see the market perform so well, because it signals a return to health for the industry, the dealer network and customers,” said Henno Havenga, manager of auto dealer sales for Suzuki Auto.

While most popular vehicle brands had a good sales month in March, Suzuki outperformed most with a new overall sales record, a new dealer sales record and a new record for the 2021/22 financial year.

naamsa reported that Suzuki sold 3 347 vehicles and exported a further 17 for a new all-time record of 3 364 units. This is the brand’s fifth time in a mere seven months that it managed to sell more than 3 000 units. The dealer network set its own record.

In March, Suzuki welcomed its 80th dealer, and together the network sold 2 933 units.

This is a new all-time record and is within touching distance of the 3 000-unit mark. While the dealer network was responsible for the lion’s share of Suzuki’s new vehicle sales, its fleet division also performed exceptionally well. In March, this division delivered 409 vehicles to government and rental fleet customers.

With its strong performance in March, Suzuki has firmly established itself as one of South Africa’s most popular vehicle brands. Indeed, the company ended its financial year with total sales of 31 048 units, a new record, and a full 69% better than in the previous reporting period.

Said Brendon Carpenter, brand marketing manager of Suzuki Auto, “The industry is acutely aware of the economic pressures that the average South African motorist is facing. Fuel prices keep rising, food and housing inflation are growing, and many people are still trying to recover from the economic impact of the last two years.

“This is one of the reasons why Suzuki has focused relentlessly on providing cost-effective solutions. Whether it is the new Celerio, with one of the lowest average fuel consumption figures in the country, or the Super Carry, which helps entrepreneurs move their goods at the best possible cost per kilometre, we are working hard to make motoring both fun and affordable.”

Source: MotorPress

Matthys Ferreira

Served in SAPS for 22 years - specialised in forensic and crime scene investigation and forensic photography. A stint in photographic sales and management followed. Been the motoring editor at Lowveld Media since 2007. "A petrol head I am not but I am good at what I do".
 
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