New vehicle sales continued their upward trend with a 33 per cent increase in May compared with the same period last year, according figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

New vehicle sales continued their upward trend with a 33 per cent increase in May compared with the same period last year, according figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

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New vehicle sales continued their upward trend with a 33 per cent increase in May compared with the same period last year, according figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

Aggregate sales of new vehicles showed an increase of 11 520 vehicles overall (33 per cent) compared with May 2004. Total new vehicle sales for 2005 remained, on average, 27,1 per cent ahead of the corresponding period last year.

For the first time, Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) has released its aggregate sales, totalling 4 686 units for the month of May.

At 30 060 units, the new car sector reflected its strongest May on record, and reflected a gain of 7 749 units (34,7 per cent) compared with the 22 311 new cars sold in May 2004. The figures also show an increase of 2 976 units (11 per cent) over April 2005.

Light commercial vehicles, bakkies and minibuses registered sales of 13 340 units, reflecting an increase of 2 912 units over May 2004’s 10 421 unit sales, attributed mainly to improved stock availability. This was a 16,4 per cent improvement compared with April 2005.

Sales in the medium to heavy sectors continued to show gains, registering figures of 1 177 and 1 290 units respectively. This was a gain of 570 units (93,9 per cent) in the case of medium commercials and 282 units (27,9 per cent) for heavy commercials and buses.

Export sales for vehicles produced during the first four months of 2005 reflected an increase of 365 vehicles (to 31 097 units) compared with the same period in 2004.

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