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Best-selling cars in South Africa finally revealed

The best-selling cars of March 2024 have finally been revealed!

Usually, this data was provided to the media by Naamsa, the automotive business council, on the first day of every month, but since March, the company decided that this particular sales report “has been made redundant,” a Naamsa spokesperson told TopAuto.

After extensive probing on the matter, a legitimate reason could not be furnished as to why it is “redundant” for the South African public to know which cars sell the best.

Nevertheless, TopAuto promptly got in contact with another industry source for these figures, who was glad to provide the numbers as they are reported by the individual manufacturers.

Going forward, however, it said these figures will only become available once they are audited and checked for accuracy, which will take place between the second and third week of every month.

With that said, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of March’s sales statistics.

The Toyota Hilux ruled the roost last month with a total of 3,104 customers willing to spend their hard-earned cash on the bakkie, consequently making it the best-selling vehicle in South Africa.

Similarly, the Nissan NP200 had a smashing month by selling 2,679 units, well over double its figures from February, which was enough to secure it the second best-selling position ahead of the Isuzu D-Max which saw 2,095 purchases.

Coming home in fourth, the Toyota Corolla Cross drove away with 2,041 registrations at the end of March followed by the Ford Ranger which narrowly peaked the VW Polo Vivo, the former achieving 1,954 sales and the latter a slightly lower 1,933.

In seventh sat the Suzuki Swift reflecting a marginal drop in popularity compared to February with 1,433 units moved, eighth was awarded to the Hyundai Grand i10 at 1,361 units, and ninth went to the Toyota Starlet at 1,258 units.

In 10th, the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro just missed out on the 1,000-unit mark by 27 sales, but did well to land above favourites like the VW Polo and Toyota Fortuner which saw 959 and 926 purchases, respectively.

The Mahindra Pik Up then took home 13th place with 744 transactions, trailed by the Toyota Hiace in 14th with 711 and the Nissan Magnite in 15th with 649.

A close battle took place between the popular Toyota Vitz and Suzuki Baleno hatchbacks for 16th and 17th, with the former just edging past the latter at 595 units sold compared to 544.

The last three vehicles to make it onto the best-sellers list were the Kia Sonet in 18th at 526 sales, the GWM P-Series in 19th at 505, and the Haval Jolion in 20th at 504.

In total, these top performers accounted for an impressive 25,494 out of the 44,235 new vehicles sold in the country in March, or roughly 58%.

Best-selling cars in South Africa

The top 20 best-selling cars in South Africa from March, according to Lightstone, are detailed below.

Click on the underlined prices to visit TopAuto Car Prices for more information.

1. Toyota Hilux – 3,104 units

2. Nissan NP200 – 2,679 units

3. Isuzu D-Max – 2,095 units

4. Toyota Corolla Cross – 2,041 units

5. Ford Ranger – 1,954 units

6. VW Polo Vivo – 1,933 units

7. Suzuki Swift – 1,433 units

8. Hyundai Grand i10 – 1,361 units

9. Toyota Starlet – 1,258 units

10. Chery Tiggo 4 Pro – 973 units

11. VW Polo – 959 units

12. Toyota Fortuner – 926 units

13. Mahindra Pik Up – 744 units

14. Toyota Hiace – 711 units

15. Nissan Magnite – 649 units

16. Toyota Vitz – 595 units

17. Suzuki Baleno – 544 units

18. Kia Sonet – 526 units

19. GWM P-Series – 505 units

20. Haval Jolion – 504 units

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