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Best-selling car brands in South Africa

The best-selling vehicle brand in South Africa in October 2021 was Toyota, with 15,437 units sold across the local and export markets.

Toyota was followed by VW, with both these brands experiencing a downtick in sales in October when compared to the preceding month.

These figures were revealed in the latest New Vehicle Sales Report released by Naamsa.

The numbers

During October, new vehicle sales in South Africa amounted to 41,035 units, reflecting a 2,341-unit (6.1%) increase when compared to the same month in 2020.

However, October 2021’s sales figures are down by 2,095 units when compared to September 2021.

Additionally, export sales in October 2021 declined by 30% to 23,685 units when compared to October 2020.

“Adverse events that occurred during the month of October, including the three-week strike in the steel and engineering sector as well as the return of an acute load-shedding programme, impacted the new vehicle market and vehicle exports,” said Naamsa.

Out of the total reported industry new vehicle sales, an estimated 82.5% represented dealer sales, 14% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 2.1% represented sales to the government, and 1.4% represented industry corporate fleets.

The total industry sales for October 2021 were divided into the following segments:

  • Passenger vehicles – 27,496 units
  • Light commercial vehicles, bakkies, and minibuses – 11,188 units
  • Medium trucks – 576 units
  • Heavy trucks and buses – 1,775 units

“The sigh of relief with the country’s move to adjusted alert level 1 from 1 October 2021 was short-lived due to the adverse events that occurred during the month,” said Naamsa.

“On the positive side, respondents to the Absa Purchasing Managers’ Index [PMI] remained upbeat about an improvement in business conditions over the next six months.”

Best-selling brands

The best-selling vehicle brand in South Africa is determined by looking at local sales only.

Toyota and VW stand tall in first and second place, respectively, while third place is occupied by Nissan. In September, Nissan was in sixth.

Hyundai remains in fourth place, while Suzuki moved from third to fifth place in October.

Renault moved from fifth to sixth place in October, Kia maintained seventh place, Haval now sits in eighth, Ford moved from eighth to ninth, and Isuzu fills the 10th spot.

Detailed below are the best-selling brands in South Africa in October 2021, according to local vehicle sales.

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1. Toyota – 9,928 units

2. VW – 5,975 units

3. Nissan – 3,059 units

4. Hyundai – 2,804 units

5. Suzuki – 2,593 units

6. Renault – 2,480 units

7. Kia – 2,343 units

8. Haval – 2,330 units

9. Ford – 2,148 units

10. Isuzu – 1,934 units


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