Top 10 best selling bakkies in South Africa right now – with pricing

 ·14 Aug 2021

New vehicle sales for July reflected a mixed bag of statistics due to several factors – including economic disruptions caused by unrests in Kwazulu-Natal and areas of Gauteng, and the adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions, which lasted for more than five weeks.

These factors curtailed the good progress made in the automotive industry’s rebound during the first six months of the year, said the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

As a result, export sales recorded a huge decline of 8,381 units, or 33.1%, to 16,931 units in July 2021 compared to the 25,312 vehicles exported in July 2020.

Aggregate domestic sales in July 2021, at 32,949 units, reflected a modest increase of 544 units from the 32,405 vehicles sold in July 2020.

Overall, out of the total reported industry sales of 32,949 vehicles, an estimated 28,326 units, or 86%, represented dealer sales. An estimated 9.2% represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, 2.7% to industry corporate fleets, and 2.1% to the government.

The July 2021 new passenger car market at 20,575 units had registered an increase of 1,719 cars, or a gain of 9.1%, compared to the 18,856 new cars sold in July 2020. The car rental industry supported the new passenger car market during the month and accounted for 11.9% of car sales in July 2021.

Domestic sales of new light commercial vehicles, bakkies and mini-buses at 10,266 units during July 2021 had recorded a decline of 899 units, or a drop of 8,1%, from the 11,165 light commercial vehicles sold during July 2020.

In addition to the adjusted Alert Level 4 lockdown restrictions being in place for most of July 2021, the civil unrest in the country, along with the cyber-attack on Transnet, left a major scar on the country’s economy.

“July brought the fragility of the motor industry back into stark focus,” said Lebogang Gaoaketse, head of marketing and communication at WesBank. “Not only did the month bring physical impacts, but the resulting consequences in business and consumer confidence will continue to challenge the industry’s recovery for months to come.

Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) sales hurt even more, down 8.1% at 10,266 compared to 11,165 in July last year. Sales through the showroom floor also got dealt a 9.8% knock and the picture compared to last month’s sales, was significantly worse.

“While the country encountered yet another speed bump during July, there are many reasons to believe in the continued recovery of the market,” said Gaoaketse. “Low interest rates, the return of adjusted Level 3 lockdown regulations, and some improvement to civil stability will provide a good basis for the industry’s determination to once again shine through.”

Bakkies continue to sell well, given that drivers can use them for both personal and business use. The Hilux continues to dominate sales in 2021, with 2,836 sold in July, followed by the Ranger with 1,620 units. The Nissan Navara had a strong showing following the launch of a new refreshed model.

The country’s best selling bakkies are as follows:

Toyota Hilux – From R453 700

Ford Ranger – From R411,800

Isuzu D-Max – From R416 500

Nissan Navara – From R474 000

GWM P-Series – From R377 900

GWM Steed – From R224 900

Toyota Land Cruiser 79 – From R642 900

Mitsubishi Triton – From R574 995

Mazda BT-50 – From 611 900

Nissan NP300 Hardbody  – From R374 900

Volkswagen Amarok – From R714 700

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