South Africa’s July 2017 new vehicle sales figures are in and the big news is that Kia SA and Hyundai Automotive SA have started releasing their individual model sales figures.
Of course, one must bear in mind that certain automakers – such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW – still disclose only aggregate sales statistics, but there’s no denying that this decision from the Koreans will paint a far more accurate monthly picture.
So, what happened in the seventh month of 2017? Well, Naamsa reports that aggregate new vehicle sales at 46 719 units increased by 1 849 units or 4,1% when compared to July last year. We’ve already looked at the 10 best-selling bakkies of the month, so let’s turn our attention to the top-selling passenger vehicles.
The Volkswagen Polo Vivo stayed clear at the summit, with the regular Polo retaining second place. Toyota’s combination of the Corolla, Auris and Corolla Quest (the brand reports an overall figure rather than individual model sales) likewise held onto third place, with the Toyota Fortuner also holding steady in fourth spot.
After a significant dip in sales in June, the Ford Fiesta returned to the table to snaffle fifth in July, pushing the Toyota Etios down one place to sixth. The Ford EcoSport, meanwhile, climbed one to seventh, forcing the Renault Kwid down two to eighth (despite the latter enjoying a particularly strong month).
The new Kia Picanto made its debut on our list in ninth place, while the Datsun GO again closed out the table.
Other bits and bobs
So, anything else noteworthy from July? Well, Fiat’s best performer was the 500 with 47 units registered, while Ford enjoyed strong contributions from the Everest (359), Figo (354) and Focus (249). Interestingly, the soon-to-be-facelifted Kuga bounced back with 261 units.
The Corsa (108) was the best-selling Opel for the month, with the Spark (110) managing the same feat for the soon-to-depart Chevrolet brand. The BR-V (122), meanwhile, was the only Honda to break into three figures.
And what about Hyundai? Well, all members of the Korean automaker’s core range contributed, with the Grand i10 (565), Creta (514), Tucson (435), i20 (439) and Accent (327) all coming to the party. The soon-to-be-discontinued i10 added another 280 units, while the Elantra weighed in with 169 and the H1 with 96 units. The only models stuck in single figures were the Santa Fe (8), i30 (7) and Veloster (3).
Jaguar’s strongest performer was again the F-Pace (49), while the Discovery (131) fulfilled that role for sister brand Land Rover. The Kia Rio (635), meanwhile, only just missed out on a top-ten spot, with the Sportage (62) the next in line. Contributions from other models such as the Cerato (19), Sorento (11), Soul (11) and Grand Sedona (6) were not quite as impressive.
The new CX-5 (342) again proved Mazda’s best seller, although the CX-3 (298), Mazda3 (234) and Mazda2 (203) weren’t too far behind. Mitsubishi, meanwhile, could manage just 46 units across the brand, faring worse than Peugeot (71).
The Nissan Almera (406) returned a solid figure, while Porsche’s main contributor was again the Cayenne (49). After the Kwid, the Sandero (469) was Renault’s strongest model, while the Clio (362), Captur (228), Kadjar (197) and Duster (146) all added to the French brand’s total of 2 226 units.
The new Subaru XV added 59 units, while the Suzuki Ignis came in at 76 units. The Toyota RAV4 fell out of the table in July, but still managed a credible 641 units for the month. The recently updated Yaris (242) and new C-HR (161) also impressed.
Audi shifted 35 units of its little Q2, along with 319 units from its A3 range. The new Q5 snuck in with 128 units, while the Volkswagen Golf (483) found itself outside of the top ten. The Tiguan (371) and Up! (277), meanwhile, enjoyed strong performances. And Volvo’s best seller in July? None other than the XC90, with 51 units…
See the top ten table below (and have a look back at June’s figures here):
South Africa’s 10 best-selling passengers cars of July 2017:
Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 675
Volkswagen Polo – 1 623
Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest – 1 480
Toyota Fortuner – 1 033
Ford Fiesta – 998
Toyota Etios – 973
Ford EcoSport – 851
Renault Kwid – 799
Kia Picanto – 659
Datsun GO – 647
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