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Best-selling cars in South Africa – Halfway through 2023

The best-selling car in South Africa for the first six months of 2023 was none other than the Toyota Hilux, with the bakkie seeing 18,801 new customers between January and the end of June, according to Naamsa’s new-vehicle sales statistics.

Responsible for 7% of the aggregate 265,281 new vehicles sold in this period, the Hilux singlehandedly outsold the majority of brands in the country.

Rather unsurprisingly, the new Ford Ranger was second in sales for the first half of the year, though it posed no real threat to the Toyota as it raked in a noticeably lower but still impressive 11,726 transactions.

Rapidly rising in popularity, the Toyota Corolla Cross then came third with 10,604 sales, narrowly edging out the Isuzu D-Max which took home fourth with a round 10,000 units.

In fifth we find the VW Polo Vivo with 9,936 units, showing that the affordable hatchback has gained more favour from buyers than its famous sibling, the standard Polo, the latter of which missed the top 10 by 345 units to sit 11th.

Sixth and seventh places were awarded to the Toyota Hiace and Starlet with a performance of 8,469 and 8,355 vehicles, respectively, and eighth was given to the Suzuki Swift which has quickly become a firm favourite for South Africans which is proven by its 8,193 sales for the first half of 2023.

The longstanding Nissan NP200 rode away with the ninth position by virtue of its 6,757 units sold, illustrating the market demand for compact bakkies of which the Nissan is the only one.

Closing out the list is the Toyota Fortuner with 5,995 examples moved, securing Toyota five out of the top 10 positions in the best-selling ranks for the year thus far.

South Africa’s favourite rides in 2023

The 10 best-selling cars in South Africa for the first six months of 2023 are detailed below.

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1. Toyota Hilux – 18,801 units

2. Ford Ranger – 11,726 units

3. Toyota Corolla Cross – 10,604 units

4. Isuzu D-Max – 10,000 units

5. VW Polo Vivo – 9,936 units

6. Toyota Hiace – 8,469 units

7. Toyota Starlet – 8,355 units

8. Suzuki Swift – 8,193 units

9. Nissan NP200 – 6,757 units

10. Toyota Fortuner – 5,995 units

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