Best-selling cars and brands in South Africa right now – with pricing

 ·20 Apr 2024

Although South Africans are facing increases in petrol and other cost-of-living expenses, some car brands and models remain favourites among South Africans who could afford a new car in February 2024.

According to Naamsa’s latest stats, new vehicle sales experienced double-digit declines across the board in South Africa.

In March 2024, the new vehicle market continued to decline, a trend which started eight months ago but is only getting worse.

The total number of new vehicles sold in the domestic market was 44,237, which is a decrease of 11.7% (5,877 units) from the 50,114 cars sold in March 2023.

The new passenger car market was hit harder, with only 26,577 units sold, representing a decline of 15.9% (5,024 cars) compared to the 31,601 new cars sold in March 2023.

Export sales were even worse, with only 24,161 units sold in March 2024, a decrease of 27.1% (8,975 units) compared to the 33,136 vehicles exported in March 2023.

Overall, for the first quarter of 2024, aggregate new vehicle sales were now 5.3% below the corresponding quarter in 2023.

“The effect of the South African Reserve Bank’s aggressive monetary policy stance by hiking interest rates to contain inflation took some time to filter through to new vehicle sales, which continue to add to the prevailing negative sentiment,” said Naamsa.

“Due to ongoing cost pressures, including escalating fuel costs, along with interest rates, affordability remains a decisive factor in purchasing decisions as consumers increasingly turn to more budget-friendly vehicles,” it added.

Toyota remained the top-selling brand with 11,109 units sold last month, which is slightly lower than February’s 11,524 units.

Volkswagen maintained its position as the second most popular brand with 5,219 sales, while Suzuki secured the third position on the list of top sellers last month with 4,335 sales.

The top 10 brands that sold the most cars locally in January 2024 were:

  1. Toyota – 11,109 units
  2. Volkswagen Group – 5,219 units
  3. Suzuki – 4,335 units
  4. Nissan – 3,995 units
  5. Ford – 2,409 units
  6. Hyundai – 2,436 units
  7. Isuzu – 2,587 units
  8. GWM – 1,564 units
  9. Chery – 1,531 units
  10. Renault – 1,301 units

Best-selling models 

The best-selling cars under the brands listed above and how many were sold last month are listed below, as outlined by Naamsa.

1. Toyota Hilux – 3,104 units sold

  • Starting price: R361,700

2. Nissan NP200 – 2,679 units sold

  • Starting price: R245,300

3. Isuzu D-Max – 2,095 units sold

  • Starting price: R442,800

4. Toyota Corolla Cross – 2,041 units sold

  • Starting price: R408,400

5. Ford Ranger – 1,954 units sold

  • Starting price: R514,800

6. VW Polo Vivo – 1,933 units sold

  • Starting price: R262,700

7. Suzuki Swift – 1,433 units sold

  • Starting price: R205,900

8. Hyundai Grand i10 – 1,361 units sold

  • Starting price: R239,500

9. Toyota Starlet – 1,258 units sold

  • Starting price: R252,100

10. Chery Tiggo 4 Pro – 973 units sold

  • Starting price: R279,900

11. VW Polo – 959 units sold

  • Starting price: R352,200

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