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NAAMSA reveals more gloomy figures for SA auto industry

03.11.2015

The numbers for the October 2015 automotive sector sales are in and the news is not positive. Numbers are down when compared to the corresponding period last year. This past months sales read 54 244 units, 5 091 units or 8.6% down from the 59 335 vehicles sold in October last year.

 

 

 Perhaps of more significance is the fact that consumer sales were down even more with 36 175 units, a decline of 4 433 units or 10.9 percent compared to the 40 608 new cars sold in October last year. That means that fleet sales and government purchases showed less of a decline than private, dealer-bought vehicles. 

 The light commercial segment was less affected with 15 171 vehicles, reflectinga decline of 646units or 4.1 percent compared to the 15 817 vehicles sold during the same month last year. 

 The medium and heavy truck segments are doing quite a bit better than the passenger segment. Medium commercial vehicle sales were recorded at 1 064 units, an improvement of 107 vehicles or a gain of 11.2 percent. The heavy commercial vehicle sales stood at 1 834 vehicles, a decline of 119 units or 6.1 percent

 Naamsa anticipate that domestic new car and aggregate commercial vehicle sales would remain under pressure into 2016.  In contrast, automotive industry vehicle production remained on a strong footing with higher new vehicle export sales continuing to support the industry’s output, thereby contributing positively to South Africa’s balance of payments. 

 

Passenger and light commercial vehicle sales highlights for October 2015:

 

Make/Model

Units

Sold

BMW i8                                          

12

Jeep Grand Cherokee

210

Fiat 500X

70

Ford Fiesta

1 005

Ford Ranger

2 740

Chevrolet Aveo

415

Chevrolet Utility

1 947

Honda HRV

139

Land Rover Discovery Sport

177

Mahindra XUV 500

79

Mazda 3

269

Mitsubishi ASX

106

Nissan Qashqai

214

Nissan NP200

1 845

Renault Sandero

920

Suzuki Swift

212

Tata Bolt

47

Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest

2 769

Toyota Hilux

2 639

Audi A3

431

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

3 170

Volvo XC90

42

                                                                                                            

Article written by Autodealer
03.11.2015
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