New Car Sales Summary: February 2017

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After a positive start to 2017, things are holding station according to sales data from Naamsa. Take a look at February’s new car sales highlights.

After a marginal year-on-year gain in January 2017, February held station, reporting almost identical sales results to the same period in 2016. February 2017 totalled 48 133 compared with 48 144 in 2016. Exports showed an increase of 65 vehicles (0.2%) compared with last year. Naamsa expects exports to gather momentum in the medium term.

The new passenger car market actually fell by 4.4%, but was propped up by positive growth in the light, medium and heavy vehicle segments... 31 400 vehicles were sold in February 2017 compared with the 32 854 over the same period last year.

The overall outlook remains positive with an expected 3.5% increase in sales volume for 2017. Increased Rand strength, easing of drought conditions and positive global growth are catalysts in pushing new car sales upwards.

Toyota again topped the sales chart followed by the Volkswagen Group and Ford.

Here’s a quick summary of new car sales in South Africa for February 2017.

  • Aggregate new vehicle sales of 48 113 down by 0.1% (31 units) compared to February 2016.
  • New passenger car sales of 31 400 down by 4.4% (1 454 units) compared to February 2016.
  • New light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales of 14 416 up by 9.7% (1 277 units) compared to February 2016.
  • Export sales of 29 388 up by 0.2% (65 units) compared to February 2016.

Top 5 car brands in SA in February 2017

         Brand

    Total Sales

   Market Share

1. Toyota

10 780

22.4%

2.Volkswagen

8 176

16.9%

3. Ford

6 244

12.9%

4. Nissan

4 350

9.0%

5. GMSA

2 937

6.1%

Top 5 best-selling cars in South Africa in February 2017

                       Car

          Total Sales

1. Toyota Hilux

3 086

2. VW Polo Vivo

3 017

3. Ford Ranger

2 913

4. VW Polo

2 462

5. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest

1 717

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