For July 2018, Naamsa said that South Africa's domestic sales figures had been “in line” with industry expectations, but added that export sales had again disappointed.

July 2018 aggregate export vehicle sales at 28 063 vehicles reflected a substantial decline of 6 657 units or a fall of 19,2% compared with the (admittedly) high base of 34 720 vehicles exported in the same month in 2017. Still, it’s worth taking a look at which automakers were the biggest exporters from South Africa for the month.

After placing second in June 2018, Mercedes-Benz returned to the top of the pile in July, exporting 9 179 examples of the C-Class from its East London plant. Ford thus fell to second, shipping off 6 404 units (comprising 6 391 units of the Ranger and 13 units of the Everest) from its Silverton facility in the month.

The BMW Group climbed two places to third, with its Rosslyn plant churning out 4 216 examples of the X3 for foreign markets. Toyota again placed fourth with an export figure of 4 178, including 3 956 examples of its Hilux, 136 units of the Fortuner, 86 vehicles from its Corolla/Auris/Quest line (all built at its Prospecton factory).

The Volkswagen Group fell two places to fifth, exporting 3 151 examples of the Polo hatchback from Uitenhage. Nissan added 415 (made up of 383 Hardbody units, 29 NP200s and three NP300s) to place sixth, while Isuzu managed 329 (including 324 examples of the KB bakkie and five trucks) to again take seventh.

For reference, see June 2018's list here...

Biggest exporters for July 2018:

1. Mercedes-Benz: 9 179
2. Ford Motor Company: 6 404
3. BMW Group: 4 216
4. Toyota: 4 178
5. Volkswagen Group: 3 151
6. Nissan: 415
7. Isuzu: 329

Also read: