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Best-selling cars in South Africa – An expanded overview

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) recently released its vehicle sales numbers report for 2020.

NAAMSA provides trusted automotive data and represents the collective interests of 43 new vehicle brands in the country.

The report lists the best-selling new cars in the country and features many well-known models – including the VW Polo Vivo, which took top spot.

In fact, VW models took six of the top 10 spots for most-sold passenger vehicles.

It must be noted that this segment excludes single or double-cab bakkies.

Multiple models

As part of its detailed reporting, NAAMSA lists sales numbers per individual model.

This includes differentiating between trim levels or engine options per model.

For example: the Polo Vivo 1.4 Trendline and Polo Vivo 1.4 Comfortline are listed individually – and occupy first and second spot on the best-seller list.

Thanks to its strong performance during the year, VW took the first, second, third, fourth, and ninth positions with the Polo Vivo and Polo.

To provide a broader overview of the best-selling cars in South Africa, we have grouped trim levels and engine options per model together into a single bracket.

The sales numbers of these individual trim levels and engine options have then been added together to provide a total sales figure per model.

The list below details this overview, based on NAAMSA’s new car sales figures for 2020 – and excluding single or double-cab bakkies.


VW Polo + Polo Sedan – 20,617 units sold


VW Polo Vivo – 19,750 units sold


Toyota Fortuner – 9,635 units sold

Toyota Fortuner


Toyota Corolla Quest – 7,365 units sold


Ford EcoSport – 7,255 units sold


Renault Kwid – 6,017 units sold


Toyota Etios – 5,806 units sold


VW T-Cross – 5,693 units sold


Suzuki Swift – 5,507 units sold


Hyundai Grand i10 – 5,476 units sold


Hyundai i20 – 5,277 units sold


Ford Figo – 4,906 units sold


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