South Africa's Top-Selling Cars in 2017

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With the books closed on 2017, we can finally rank last year's top-selling vehicles in South Africa. 

What was the top-selling passenger vehicle in South Africa in 2017? And which bakkie ruled the roost? Have SUVs shot up even higher the sales charts? These are all questions that detailed sales reports from Lightstone Auto can help us answer. Be prepared for a few surprises!

Note: Accurate sales figures for 2017 for neither Mercedes-Benz nor BMW are currently available, so absent from this list are traditionally strong sellers such as the C-Class and the 3 Series. Totals include dealer, rental, government etc. sales.

Top 20 Passenger Vehicles 2017

1. VW Polo Vivo hatch & sedan 28402
2. VW Polo hatch & sedan 22575
3. Toyota Etios 14686
4. Toyota Fortuner 13696
5. Toyota Corolla Quest 12333
6. Ford Fiesta 11446
7. Ford EcoSport 9920
8. Kia Picanto 8136
9. Renault Kwid 8027
10. Toyota RAV4 7622
11. Toyota Corolla 6470
12. Volkswagen Golf 7 6161
13. Hyundai i20 5971
14. Ford Everest 5751
15. Kia Rio 5724
16. Hyundai Tucson 5703
17. Hyundai Grand i10 5327
18. Toyota Avanza 5321
19. Renault Sandero II 5006
20. Datsun Go 4687

 


The now-retired VW Vivo was South Africa's top-selling passenger car in 2017.

From the above list it is clear that Volkswagen is on an exceptionally good wicket, seeing as it claimed the 2 top spots with vehicles that have already been replaced this year. We doubt they'll be toppled... The Toyota Fortuner is South Africa's favourite SUV and the RAV4 has outsold the Corolla, once the darling of South African families.

Top 10 Light Commercial Vehicles 2017

1. Toyota Hilux 36422
2. Ford Ranger 32786
3. Toyota Quantum 15694
4. Nissan NP200 15074
5. Isuzu KB 14255
6. Nissan NP300/Hardbody 13604
7. Chevrolet Utility 7544
8. Hyundai H100 3398
9. Volkswagen Amarok 2946
10 Toyota Landcruiser P/U 2682

 


The Toyota Hilux was again the top seller in the LCV market.

No real surprises on the LCV front. While Ford may rule the roost when it comes to individual derivative performance (see table below), as an overall range the Hilux emerged on top (again) in the overall sales charts. Isuzu will have to work exceptionally hard to get back to challenging the top spot.

Top 10 Model Derivatives 2017

1. VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Conceptline 8717
2. VW Polo 1.2 TSI Comfortline 66kW 8086
3. VW Polo Vivo hatch 1.4 Trendline 63kW 7809
4. Toyota Corolla Quest 1.6 7393
5. VW Polo 1.2 TSI Trendline 66kW 6355
6. Renault Kwid 1.0 Dynamique 6297
7. Toyota Etios 1.5 Sprint 5dr 5841
8. Ford Ranger 2.2 TDCI XL Double Cab  5357
9. Nissan NP200 1.6 8V Base 5308
10. Ford Fiesta 1.4 Ambiente 5dr 4650

 


The Ford Ranger, in 2.2 TDCI XL Double Cab form, is massively popular in South Africa.

It's utter dominance for VW in this table, but impressively, a derivative of the Ford Ranger has made it into the top 10 of the combined charts.

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