For June 2018, Naamsa said that domestic sales figures had "exceeded industry expectations", but added that export sales had "disappointed", with aggregate export vehicle sales of 26 790 units for the month reflecting a year-on-year decline of 4 805 units (or a fall of 15,2 percent).
Still, it’s worth taking a look at which automakers were the biggest exporters from South Africa for the month.
Ford topped the pile, exporting 7 125 units in June 2018. This figure comprised 7 106 examples of the Ranger along with 19 units of the Everest. Mercedes-Benz, which has just secured an additional €600-million investment in its East London facilities, was second, churning out 5 089 units (all C-Class derivatives) for foreign markets.
The Volkswagen Group took the final spot on the podium with on 5 038 vehicles (each and every one, of course, a latest-generation Polo). Toyota placed fourth on 4 417 units, with 4 235 examples of the Hilux, 113 units of the Fortuner and 66 vehicles from its Corolla/Auris/Quest line (plus three Hino trucks) exported from its Prospecton facility, while the BMW Group shipped off 4 023 units, each one a shiny new X3.
Nissan added 465 (made up of 318 Hardbody units, 112 NP300s and 35 NP200s), while Isuzu managed 403 (including 399 examples of the KB bakkie and four trucks).
Biggest exporters for June 2018:
1. Ford Motor Company: 7 125
2. Mercedes-Benz: 5 089
3. Volkswagen Group: 5 038
4. Toyota: 4 417
5. BMW Group: 4 023
6. Nissan: 465
7. Isuzu: 403
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