10 worst-selling passenger cars in SA right now

The local motor industry faced another big blow last week, after Chrysler and Dodge announced their intentions to leave the country.

This follows similar exits by Chevrolet and Citroen, both of which announced they would no longer be manufacturing or selling cars in the country.

Despite this news signs are still positive in South Africa, with new vehicle sales totaling 50,675 units – an increase of 7,0% year-on-year.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), which are responsible for publishing the statistics, added that the strong gains in the September vehicle exports were in line with expectations and total 2017 export numbers were expected to post a marginal improvement on 2016.

The passenger market in particular boasted impressive numbers, with vehicles such as the Polo Vivo and Toyota Fortuner remaining firm favourites.

Other cars fared less well, with Alfa Romeo’s Giulietta and Mahindra’s Xylo posting just two cars sold over the course of the month.

Below are the other vehicles which sold the worst during the month of September.

Specialised, and high-end,vehicles below the R550,000 mark have been purposefully excluded in the interests of only showing traditional passenger and consumer vehicles.


Alfa Romeo Giulietta – R319,900

2 cars sold


Mahindra Xylo – R254,995

2 cars sold


Toyota 86 – R449,600

2 cars sold


Volkswagen Scirocco – R448,200

2 cars sold


Mazda MX-5 – R532,800

3 cars sold


Tata Vista – R134,995

3 cars sold


Suzuki Grand Vitara – R375,900

4 cars sold


Abarth 595 – R299,950

5 cars sold


Fiat 500X – R279,900

5 cars sold


Fiat Tipo – R229,900

5 cars sold


Read: South Africa’s best cars in 2017 – ranked by affordability

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