South Africa’s top-selling cars

The combined monthly reported sales figures reveals which brand, and vehicle models, are the most popular in South Africa in 2014.

According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), 59,384 cars were sold in October, up 4.7% from 56,608 sold the year before, though down 2.4% from the 60,819 cars sold in September.

To date (October 2014), over 540,000 vehicles have been sold over the course of the year, with Toyota emerging as the most popular car brand for South Africans.

According to data on monthly car sales figures up to September 2014, compiled and reported by Lightstone Auto, Toyota is the biggest seller in the country, while the company’s Toyota Hilux has outsold any other car in the country.

Top car companies in South Africa (YTD September)

# Company
1 Toyota
2 Volkswagen
3 Ford
4 Hyundai
5 Nissan

Since January, Toyota has sold almost 28,000 Hilux vehicles, with Volkswagen’s Polo Vivo and Polo following close behind with over 25,000 and 23,000 sold, respectively.

Open back trucks (bakkies) account for half of the country’s top-selling vehicles falling into the utility category, including the Ford Ranger, Nissan NP200, Chevrolet Utility and the Isuzu KB.

In the battle between Mercedes-Benz and BMW luxury sedans, the Mercedes C-Class has to date outsold the BMW 3-Series by almost 1,500 vehicles, but neither entered into the top 10.

Notably, the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Auris and Toyoto Quest vehicle numbers are reported collectively. The grouping sold a total of 15,198 in the January – September period, the 5th biggest overall – but is not listed in the ranking individually.

1. Toyota Hilux

Toyota Hilux
Toyota Hilux

2. VW Polo Vivo

VW Polo Vivo
VW Polo Vivo

3. VW Polo

VW Polo
VW Polo

4. Ford Ranger

Ford Ranger
Ford Ranger

5. Toyota Etios

Toyota Etios
Toyota Etios

6. Nissan NP200

Nissan NP 200
Nissan NP 200

7. Chevrolet Utility

Chevrolet Utility
Chevrolet Utility

8. Isuzu KB

Isuzu KB Isuzu KB

9. Toyota Quantum

Toyota Quantum
Toyota Quantum

10. Ford Figo

Ford Figo
Ford Figo

South Africa’s top selling cars

# Car Sales (Jan-Sept 2014)
1 Toyota Hilux 27,901
2 VW Polo Vivo 25,339
3 VW Polo 23,034
4 Ford Ranger 19,621
5 Toyota Etios 14,603
6 Nissan NP200 13,148
7 Chevrolet Utility 12,277
8 Isuzu KB 12,140
9 Toyota Quantum 10,605
10 Ford Figo 10,550
11 Mercedes-Benz C-Class 9,298
12 BMW 3-Series 8,577
13 Toyota Fortuner 7,810
14 Ford Fiesta 6,813
15 Chevrolet Spark 6,794

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