Throughout 2018, the Volkswagen Amarok has featured in the bottom half of our monthly lists of South Africa's best-selling bakkies, playing second fiddle to more affordable rivals (such as the ever-popular Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger) that boast more varied local line-ups. That got us thinking: just how popular is the German bakkie globally?

Well, Volkswagen’s commercial vehicle division says it delivered more vehicles in the first eleven months of 2018 than it did in total in 2017. And, of the 455 800 units registered globally from January to November, some 74 400 vehicles were from the Amarok line (representing a year-on-year increase of 2,7 percent).

And in South Africa? Well, a spot of rudimentary maths reveals VW SA registered 2 649 examples the bakkie (which, it should be noted, is offered locally in double-cab form only) from the start of 2018 until the end of November. For context, that's the sort of figure often matched by the aforementioned Ranger and routinely exceeded by the Hilux on a monthly basis.

Now, if only Mercedes-Benz SA would report X-Class sales data to Naamsa...

Interestingly, Volkswagen's commercial arm recorded a significant delivery increase in Africa, growing sales by some 21 percent to around 16 900 vehicles. South America (up 7,9 percent to 41 200 units) and the Asia-Pacific region (up 2,1 percent to 24 300 units) also experienced strong growth.

Globally in the first eleven months of the year, the Transporter line was the most popular (184 100 units), while the Caddy range weighed in with 145 100 units and the Crafter line-up with 52 200 units.