Charl Bosch
Online Motoring Reporter
3 minute read
2 Sep 2021
11:14 am

D-Max and Land Cruiser 300 surprise of August sales jump

Charl Bosch

Fourth consecutive month of strong domestic sales blighted by another nosedive in export figures.

New Ford Rangers being checked at the Silverton Plant outside Pretoria.

While on course to be replaced only next year, the aging Isuzu D-Max caused the biggest upset in August when it managed to outsell the Ford Ranger for the second spot on the monthly bakkie sales podium.

In spite of the Toyota Hilux remaining on top as the country’s best-seller with sales of 3,335 units, the dated D-Max posted sales of 1,331 compared to the Ranger’s 1,317, with the half-ton Nissan NP200 placing fourth on 1,167 ahead of its senior sibling, the Nissan Navara on 505, with GWM P-Series (433) and Mahindra Pik-up (315) following.

On the passenger vehicle side, the Volkswagen Polo remained in the lead with sales of 2,090, followed by the Polo Vivo (1,724), Toyota Starlet (1,203), Renault Kwid and Toyota Urban Cruiser (876). Biggest surprise though was the 214 posted by the all-new Toyota Land Cruiser 300.

The results capped off a fourth straight increase despite the cyberattack on state-owned Transnet as well as the remnants of the protest actions that affected KwaZulu-Natal and large parts of Gauteng.

Considerably higher than in past months, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) recorded overall sales of 41,425 units, an increase of 24.6% over the 33,259 models moved last year.

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As in July though, the various segments were mixed with new passenger vehicles recording a massive 40.5% uptake from 19,335 to 27,157, while light commercial vehicles rose by 3.6% from 11,342 to 11,749.

Ending the month in the red, though, were medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles with the former declining by 7.2% to settle at 719 and the latter by a scant 0.4% to 1,800 units. Despite the increase, exports ended the month in the red for the second consecutive month with a drop of 15.5% from 23,029 to 19,446.

“The return of the adjusted Level 3 lockdown regulations and the improvement to civil stability supported the new vehicle market’s gradual recovery during the month. Positive factors that will stimulate the inevitable new vehicle demand include the positive macro-economic outlook, rejuvenation of rental fleets, subdued consumer price inflation, and interest rates to remain at historically low levels for the foreseeable future,” Naamsa said.

Although the knock-on effects of the economic disruptions caused by the civil unrest in July 2021 and the cyberattack on Transnet operations negatively impacted on the industry’s export performance during the month, the domestic automotive industry will continue to benefit from the strong rebound in global economic activity in 2021 and the favourable conditions abroad”.

Out of the best performing manufacturers, Toyota kept its position at the head of the manufacturers with sales of 10,543, followed by Volkswagen (6,930), Nissan (3,332), Hyundai (2,749), Suzuki (2,470), Ford (2,201), Renault (2,010), Haval (1,885), Kia (1,703) and Isuzu (1,599).


1Toyota Hilux3 335
2Volkswagen Polo2 090
3Volkswagen Polo Vivo1 724
4Toyota HiAce1 361
5Isuzu D-Max1 331
6Ford Ranger1 317
7Toyota Starlet1 203
8Nissan NP2001 167
9Renault Kwid1 015
10Toyota Urban Cruiser876
11Toyota Fortuner856
12Toyota Corolla Quest806
13Suzuki S-Presso754
14Nissan Magnite679
15Renault Triber673
16Haval Jolion617
17Suzuki Swift602
18Volkswagen Tiguan548
19Hyundai Grand i10546
20Volkswagen T-Cross530
21Nissan Navara505
22Hyundai Venue501
23Volkswagen Polo Sedan473
24Suzuki Vitara Brezza466
25Kia Picanto448
26GWM P-Series433
27Hyundai Atos410
28 Kia Rio 406
29Toyota Agya393
30Hyundai i20392
31GWM Steeed379
32 Ford Figo343
33 Datsun Go/Go+ 339
34 Ford EcoSport 330
35 Volkswagen T-Roc 322
36 Mahindra Pik-up 315
37Haval H6314
38Toyota Land Cruiser 70-series297
39Nissan Almera289
40Mazda CX-5274
41Kia Sonet271
42Hyundai Creta260
43Volkswagen Amarok240
44Suzuki Ertiga225
45Toyota RAV4224
46Volkswagen T6.1218
47Toyota Land Cruiser 300214
48Audi Q3204
49Hyundai H100196
50Renault Duster195