New Car Sales Summary in SA - September 2018

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September 2018 saw another decline in vehicle sales, but exports showed very slight growth. Here are the details behind September's new car sales.

New vehicle sales for September were down 1.9% year-on-year with a total of 49 670 units sold according to the latest aggregate sales data from the NAAMSA. From a year-to-date point of view, total industry sales were on par with the first nine months of 2017, coming in marginally lower at -0.8%. Exports for September 2018 totalled 36 781, showing around 1% growth over the same period last year. 

New Cars Sales Summary - September 2018

  • Aggregate vehicle sales of 49 670 units down by 1.9% (-1 005 units) compared to September 2017

  • Passenger car sales of 32 786 units down by 2.6% (-883 units) compared to September 2017

  • Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) sales of 14 342 down by 1.2% (-181 units) compared to September 2017

  • Export sales of 36 781 units up by 1.1% (422 units) compared to September 2017

Best Selling Car Brands in SA

  1. Toyota - 12 351 units

  2. Volkswagen - 8 553 units

  3. Ford - 5 509 units

  4. Nissan - 5 042 units

  5. Hyundai - 2 949 units

Best Selling Cars in SA

  1. Toyota Hilux - 3 943 units

  2. Volkswagen Polo - 3 532 units

  3. Ford Ranger - 3 016 units

  4. Volkswagen Polo Vivo - 1 976 units

  5. Nissan NP200 - 1 888 units

  6. Toyota Corolla Quest - 1 375 units

  7. Toyota Fortuner - 1 345 units

  8. Toyota Quantum - 1 287 units

  9. Isuzu KB - 1 193 units

  10. Toyota Yaris - 1 111 units

Sales Outlook

Economic headwinds are likely to persist and cause continued strain on the automotive industry. However, we are encouraged by new vehicle sales through the dealer network that increased 0.9% month-on-month and 1.9% year-to-date,” says Ghana Msibi, WesBank Executive Head of Sales and Marketing. “As we enter the final quarter of 2018, we remain hopeful that our prediction of 0.75% total industry growth can still be achieved, but not without some challenges.

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