The first half of 2018 has come and gone. So, what was South Africa’s best-selling vehicle of the first six months of the year?
Well, locally built vehicles absolutely dominated the list, with the Toyota Hilux topping the charts for the first half of 2018, racking up nearly 20 000 registrations. Break out the calculator and you’ll find out that this is some 4 763 units ahead of the second-placed Ford Ranger.
The Volkswagen Vivo grabbed the final spot on the podium with nearly 14 000 registrations to its name, some 2 249 units ahead of its fourth-placed sibling, the regular Polo. The evergreen Nissan NP200, which still has the half-tonne bakkie segment all to itself, placed fifth with more than 9 500 units registered.
The Toyota Quantum placed sixth, with Toyota’s combination of the Corolla, Auris and Corolla Quest (the brand reports an overall figure rather than individual model sales) close behind in seventh, which itself was 482 units ahead of the Isuzu KB in eighth. The Toyota Fortuner found itself in ninth, while the Hyundai Grand i10 and Toyota Etios (the only two on this list, bar the Auris, not built here in South Africa) grabbed the final two spots.
SA’s 11 best-selling vehicles in the first half of 2018:
1. Toyota Hilux – 19 842
2. Ford Ranger – 15 079
3. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 13 974
4. Volkswagen Polo – 11 725
5. Nissan NP200 – 9 567
6. Toyota Quantum – 7 938
7. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest – 7 912
8. Isuzu KB – 7 430
9. Toyota Fortuner – 6 769
10. Hyundai Grand i10 – 6 201
11. Toyota Etios – 5 819
Ryan has spent most of his career in online media, writing about everything from sport to politics and other forms of crime. But his true passion – reignited by a 1971 Austin Mini Mk3 still tucked lifeless in a dark corner of his garage – is of the automotive variety.