SA Top 40 of 2016: Best Sellers

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Want to know which cars and bakkies people actually buy most in South Africa? These are the 40 best-selling vehicles of 2016, as sold by dealers. 

While it is interesting to look at the sales figures released by NAAMSA every month, things get even more intriguing when you dig deeper... Using data supplied by Lightstone Auto we can now provide a detailed look at the actual model derivatives South Africans bought most in 2016, and also exclude the rental, government and fleet figures which may skew the overall picture.

The list, unfortunately, doesn’t include Mercedes-Benz as this brand doesn't report its figures and neither does it feature the Koreans (Hyundai/Kia) as individual sales are only reported some 5 months later. We know, for example, that the Hyundai Tucson would have very likely featured highly on this list, perhaps more than once.

Reading into the figures

The main thing to take home from the sales figures is that South Africans still love bakkies... the Ford Ranger 2.2, Chev Utility 1.4 and Nissan NP200 1.6 in particular. You don’t have to look too far down the list to find the first Toyota Hilux either. Check out our comparison of SA's best double cabs here.

The top-selling passenger car, as expected is the VW Polo 1.2 TSI Comfortline, only rivalled by its Polo Vivo 1.4 sibling. In fact, you have to go down a fair way to find the next hatchback, which is the Toyota Etios 1.5 XS.

Compact SUVs continue to sell well with the Ford Ecosport 1.5 punching high up on the sales charts. Interestingly, the Mazda CX-5 2.0 performs extremely well, placing 2nd on the sales charts for SUVs. The Ecosport and CX-5 are the only SUVs in the top 40, although Hyundai’s Tucson – which we don’t have figures for – is also said to sell in large numbers. Read our comparison of the best family SUVs here.

Sedans are gone

The only sedans to make the top 40 sales chart are the BMW 320i and the Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6. Mercedes-Benz may have a C-Class that sells as well as the Bimmer but without the data we can't include it. This trend away from sedans is something that has picked up momentum as buyers look for all-in-one vehicles such as SUVs and Crossovers.

Top 40 selling cars in SA through the dealer channel

Make

Model

2016 Year

1. FORD

Ranger 2.2TDCI XL D-Cab Dsl PU MY15

5 725

2. CHEVROLET

Utility 1.4 AC Base MY12 PU

4 720

3. NISSAN

NP200 1.6 8V Base PU

4 353

4. VOLKSWAGEN

Polo GP 1.2 TSI Comfortline 66kW 5-dr MY17

4 101

5. VOLKSWAGEN

Polo GP 1.2 TSI Comfortline 66kW 5-dr MY16

3 896

6. VOLKSWAGEN

Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Conceptline 55kW 5-dr MY16

3 539

7. CHEVROLET

Utility 1.4 Base MY12 PU

3 503

8. FORD

EcoSport 1.5 Ambiente MY16

3 439

9. VOLKSWAGEN

Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Conceptline 55kW 5-dr MY17

3 290

10. NISSAN

NP200 1.6 8V Base +AC PU

2 898

11. TOYOTA

Hilux 2.8 GD-6 RB Raider 4x4 D-Cab Dsl PU MY16 AT

2 720

12. NISSAN

NP200 1.6 8V Base +AC Safety PU

2 581

13. TOYOTA

Etios HB 1.5 Xs 5-dr MY15.5

2 423

14. NISSAN

NP300 Hardbody 2.0 LWB PS PU MY14

2 323

15. TOYOTA

Etios Cross 1.5 5-dr MY15.5

2 300

16. DATSUN

GO 1.2 Lux AB 5-dr

2 199

17. MAZDA

CX-5 2.0L Active MY15 AT

2 183

18. TOYOTA

Hilux 2.8 GD-6 RB Raider D-Cab Dsl PU MY16 AT

2 125

19. BMW

320i MY15 AT

2 117

20. ISUZU

KB250 HR D-Cab Dsl PU MY15

2 072

21. TOYOTA

Corolla Quest 1.6 MY16

1 970

22. FORD

Ranger 2.2TDCI Base Dsl PU MY15

1 902

23. FORD

Ranger 2.2TDCI XL Dsl PU MY15

1 885

24. NISSAN

NP200 1.5DCi Base +AC Safety Dsl PU

1 846

25. FORD

Ranger 3.2TDCI Wildtrak D-Cab 4x4 Dsl PU MY15 AT

1 842

26. FORD

Fiesta 1.4 Ambiente 5-dr MY14

1 785

27. TOYOTA

Hilux 2.8 GD-6 RB Raider D-Cab Dsl PU MY16

1 764

28. VOLKSWAGEN

Amarok 2.0 BiTDI D-Cab 4Motion Highline Dsl PU MY16 AT

1 747

29. VOLKSWAGEN

Polo Vivo GP 1.4 Trendline 63kW 5-dr MY16

1 732

30. FORD

Ranger Super Cab 2.2TDCI XL Dsl PU MY15

1 724

31. TOYOTA

Hilux 2.4 GD-6 RB SRX Dsl PU MY16

1 719

32. FORD

EcoSport 1.5 TDCi Titanium Dsl MY16

1 684

33. ISUZU

KB250 Fleetside Dsl PU MY15

1 675

34. RENAULT

Sandero II 0.9 Expression 66kW Turbo 5-dr

1 668

35. RENAULT

Clio IV Turbo Blaze Limited Edition 5-dr

1 667

36. TOYOTA

Hilux 2.8 GD-6 RB Raider 4x4 D-Cab Dsl PU MY16

1 665

37. TOYOTA

Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 RB Dsl AT

1 647

38. FORD

EcoSport 1.5 Titanium Powershift MY16

1 625

39. NISSAN

NP300 Hardbody 2.5TDi LWB Base Dsl PU MY14

1 590

40. TOYOTA

Hilux 2.0 VVT-I PU MY16

1 552

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