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By Charl Bosch

Motoring Journalist


June new vehicle sales register a few surprise despite poor finish

Along with Chery, BMW emerged as the second biggest surprise, along a record offset for the new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.


Despite a minor uptake over May’s figures, South Africa’s new vehicle sales remained negative in June for a 10th month out of 11 so far.

Local still tops

Similarly, individual model sales, still below 2 500 units, increased marginally over May with the segment-leading Toyota Hilux’s offset in June amounting to 2 435 units versus the previous month’s 2 367.

Taking second by a deficit of 110 units, the Volkswagen Polo’s 2 325 saw it being the only vehicle within the top 10 to crack 2 000 units sales.

Finishing third, one down from May, the Ford Ranger placed ahead of the Isuzu D-Max with sales of 1 868 versus 1 794, while the Toyota Corolla Cross slipped a position to fifth with 1 578 examples sold.

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Emerging as the biggest highlight, the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro’s two position jump sees it become the country’s best-selling non-locally produced vehicle in usurping long-time favourites the Suzuki Swift, Toyota Starlet and Hyundai Grand i10.

Just pipping the Starlet by one unit – 1 172 vs 1 171 – the Tiggo 4 Pro also ranked above the Swift (1 073) and Grand i10 (996) as one of only four imported vehicles within the first 10, and the only one to emerge from China.

Completing the top 10, the Durban-built Toyota Fortuner recorded one of its best months of the year so far with total sales of 972 units.

Outside the top 10, the Mahindra netted one of its strongest showings of the year with 829 vehicles sold, although the biggest surprise was provided by the new Toyota Land Cruiser Prado’s 694 – its highest in recent memory.

Month in detail

Despite the long awaited announcement of the seventh democratic administration towards the end of June by President Cyril Ramaphosa, the monthly sales by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) of South Africa registered a dip of 14% from last year’s 46 603 to 40 072.

Bar one, all of the various segments nosedived with passenger vehicles being best of the worst on 26 928, a drop of nine percent from June 2023’s 29 599.

Hit significantly harder, light commercial vehicles shed 24.3% to end June on 10 552 compared to 13 397 recorded last year.

Taking the biggest hit though, medium-duty commercial vehicles dropped 27.7% from 734 to 531, while heavy-duty commercials lost 11.7% for a total of 2 061 compared to 2 333 twelve months ago.

For only the second time this year, exports bucked the downwards trend by reporting an increase of 3.6% from last year’s 27 329, to 28 306.

Naamsa optimistic

Welcoming the seventh administration, as well as the appointment of Parks Tau as the new Minister of Trade, Industry, and Competition, Naamsa stated, “Cumulative new vehicle sales for the first six months of the year were now tracking 7.6% below the corresponding period 2023, in-line with industry expectations of a taxing first half of the year.

“However, the markets seem to have responded positively to the announcement of the new Cabinet and along with a third month of no load-shedding, a further welcomed relief at the fuel pumps in July 2024 and likely lower interest rates to commence before year-end, brighter economic prospects for the second half of the year are steadily improving”.

Top 10

Out of the country’s 10 best-selling brands, an unchanged top six from May prevailed with Toyota (9 743) placing ahead of Volkswagen (5 514), Suzuki (4 297), Ford (2 404), Hyundai (2 367) and Isuzu (2 157).

Improving a single notch to seventh though at the expense of Chery, Nissan recorded 1 905 unit sales compared to the Chinese’s 1 653.

Keeping station in ninth on 1 307, Great Wall Motors ranked above a resurgent BMW, whose 1 104 saw it jump Renault and Kia to place within the top 10 for first time in more than a year.

June top 50 best-selling cars

  1. Toyota Hilux – 2 435
  2. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 325
  3. Ford Ranger – 1 868
  4. Isuzu D-Max – 1 794
  5. Toyota Corolla Cross – 1 578
  6. Chery Tiggo 4 Pro – 1 172
  7. Toyota Starlet – 1 171
  8. Suzuki Swift – 1 073
  9. Hyundai Grand i10 – 996
  10. Toyota Fortuner – 972
  11. Nissan Magnite – 902
  12. Volkswagen Polo – 902
  13. Mahindra Pik Up – 829
  14. Haval Jolion – 736
  15. Toyota Land Cruiser Prado – 694
  16. Suzuki Fronx – 620
  17. Kia Sonet – 561
  18. Toyota Vitz – 542
  19. Hyundai i20 – 529
  20. Nissan Navara – 505
  21. Nissan NP200 – 476
  22. Suzuki Baleno – 468
  23. Suzuki Ertiga – 458
  24. Toyota HiAce – 407
  25. Volkswagen Polo Sedan – 391
  26. Toyota Urban Cruiser – 375
  27. Chery Tiggo 7 Pro – 352
  28. Volkswagen T-Cross – 349
  29. Renault Kiger – 348
  30. Volkswagen Amarok – 334
  31. Toyota Rumion – 330
  32. Suzuki S-Presso – 326
  33. Suzuki Jimny – 324
  34. Renault Triber – 323
  35. Toyota Corolla Quest – 311
  36. Hyundai Venue – 308
  37. Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series – 270
  38. Haval H6 – 252
  39. Suzuki Eeco – 250
  40. Suzuki Grand Vitara – 244
  41. Ford Territory – 231
  42. Renault Kwid – 225
  43. Hyundai H100 – 211
  44. BMW X1 – 208
  45. BMW X3 – 203
  46. Ford Everest – 175
  47. Audi A3 – 168
  48. Citroën C3 – 164
  49. BMW 2 Series – 162
  50. GWM P-Series – 162

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