According to the National Automobile Association of South Africa (Naamsa) last year 51 866 vehicles were sold as of October 2018.
To most SA citizens the natural inclination is to believe the well-known most reliable car and most affordable to maintain is Toyota.
This list will surprise you as Toyota comes in at number 3 as most sold vehicle in South Africa.
Before we get into that list here are some statistics.
A WesBank prediction claims new vehicle sales would grow by 0.75% and their prediction was correct based on application data.
Consumers have applied in tremendous amounts for vehicle finance irrespective of the tough economy of South Africa.
It’s a known fact that consumers are choosing vehicles not only on what they can afford and reliability but also vehicles that are better on fuel consumption. It is obvious that this play an integral part of purchasing a vehicle.
It would be safe to say that this is the first priority next to reliability instead of choosing a vehicle for comfort and luxury.
Below a list of the top 10 most sold vehicle in South Africa
- VW Polo Vivo 3009 units sold
- VW polo 2824 unit sold
- Toyota Corolla Quest 1879 units sold
- Toyota Yaris 1729 units sold
- Toyota Fortuner 1178 units sold
- Hyundai Grand i10 900 units sold
- Ford Fiesta 888 units sold
- Toyota Etios 885 units sold
- Ford Figo 840 units sold
- Kia Picanto 781 units sold
No doubt that this list above surprised you, we must admit it surprised us.
Above are statistics of 2018 so let’s look at 2019.
VW Polo still comes in at number 1 while Toyota drops to number 4.
- VW Polo Vivo
- VW Polo (Includes Sedan)
- Renault Kwid
- Toyota Corolla Sedan
- Hyundai Grand i10
- Toyota Fortuner
- Ford EcoSport
- Toyota Etios
- Ford Figo
- Toyota Rav4
There are many factors that play a role in consumer purchases of vehicles under our tough economy. Household finances are held onto as the rand drops and fuel prices increase. Consumers tend to keep their vehicles for longer instead of trading in their current vehicles for newer models.
Irrespective of the factors hampering vehicle sales it is still on the increase and we see proof of this as traffic in South Africa increases.
Citizens are taking to their vehicles instead of public transport due to the increase in crime on public transport especially on trains.
We do not see BMW or Mercedes Benz on these lists. This speaks for itself based on affordability of the masses.
If our weakening rand should strengthen, vehicle sales will spike in South Africa.
There is nothing that beats a new vehicle feel and smell, surely if vehicles should become more affordable the motor vehicle industry will flourish.
We hope this article helps you with the purchase of your vehicle. Also, do remember to keep vehicle insurance in mind as well as a great maintenance plan.