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New vehicle sales end 2016 on a flat note

09.01.2017

New vehicle sales ended its year long slump with yet another significant decrease in December, and an overall decline compared to 2015.

Aggregate total domestic sales were down 15.3% from 49 158 in 2015, to 41 639 examples in 2016. Individual segments were down across the board with passenger vehicle sales dropping 14.0%, light commercial vehicles by 17.2% and heavy and medium duty vehicles by 18.2%. Exports however a recorded a third consecutive month of increased sales with a seven percent gain from 17 446 to 18 668.

In total, the industry recorded its third consecutive year of declining sales and worst since 2010, with 547 442 vehicles sold during year - 11.4% or 70 206 units down on 2015 and only 54 535 behind 2010's 492 907. Export however grew for a fourth year in succession with a upturn of 3.3% or 10 975 units for a total of 344 822 units.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) has meanwhile warned that its expects 2017 to be yet another difficult year albeit with a modest raise forecasted from the second quarter.

"The general expectation in the industry was that domestic new vehicle sales would remain fairly flat going into 2017. NAAMSA remained hopeful, however, that on the back of the expected improvement in key economic indicators, domestic sales would regain some traction in the second half of 2017 with year over year growth perhaps settling in the 2.5% to 3.5% range and hold to around that level going forward," the association said in a statement .

"Factoring in the expected improvement in exports, domestic production of motor vehicles in South Africa was expected to show an increase from 604 000 vehicles produced in 2016 to close on 641 000 vehicles in 2017 – an improvement in vehicle production of about 6.0%  This figure could prove conservative if vehicle exports expand more than currently anticipated".

 

DECEMBER TOP 50 BEST SELLERS

POS MAKE UNITS
1 Toyota Hilux 3074
2 Ford Ranger 2665
3 Volkswagen Polo Vivo 1874
4 Volkswagen Polo 1504
5 Toyota Fortuner 958
6 Toyota Corolla / Auris / Quest 957
7 Toyota Quantum 916
8 Isuzu KB 912
9 Ford EcoSport 896
10 Nissan NP200 856
11 BMW 3-series 849
12 Renault Kwid 752
13 Nissan NP300 717
14 Ford Fiesta 627
15 Toyota Etios 597
16 Datusn Go / Go+ 544
17 Chevrolet Utility 524
18 Ford Figo 475
19 Renault Clio 466
20 Renault Sandero 390
21 Nissan X-Trail 388
22 Toyota RAV4 377
23 Ford Everest 376
24 Renault Duster 358
25 Mazda CX-5 322
26 Volkswagen Amarok 308
27 Volkswagen Golf 275
28 Toyota Avanza 274
29 Nissan Almera 272
30 Chevrolet Spark 263
31 Volkswagen T6 259
32 Ford Focus 243
33 Mazda3 243
34 Volkswagen up 236
35 BMW 1-series 225
36 Audi A3 214
37 Renault Captur 210
38 Nissan Qashqai 199
39 Toyota Land Cruiser 199
40 Volkswagen Tiguan 197
41 BMW X1 191
42 BMW 2-series 190
43 Audi A4 190
44 Renault Kadjar 190
45 Volkswagen Caddy 177
46 Nissan NV350 175
47 Suzuki Swift 165
48 Volkswagen Jetta 163
49 BMW 4-series 162
50 Honda BR-V 148

Article written by Autodealer
09.01.2017
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