The monthly Naamsa stats generally make for rather interesting reading. But, naturally, we tend to focus on the best-performing vehicles in terms of sales.
But now we've decided to take a look at the worst-selling passenger car models on our shores. Of course, we must bear in mind that certain importers – such as Hyundai and Kia – do not submit individual model sales figures, instead only disclosing aggregate sales stats. Mercedes-Benz, too, has taken a similar stance in recent times.
Also, take note that – in order to make this list more relevant – we've excluded vehicles ranges starting at more than R500 000. Otherwise, this table would be dominated by luxury manufacturers such as Bentley, Ferrari and Maserati, whose high-priced vehicles traditionally sell in tiny numbers.
So, what happened in June 2016? Well, as many as five vehicles sold just a single unit: the Citroën C1 (despite a fairly recent price-drop), Citroën C4 Aircross, Mini Paceman, Suzuki Splash and Tata Manza. It must be noted, however, that the C4 Aircross and Splash were both discontinued back in December 2015, so these two sales were likely left-over stock.
The next five each sold just two units across the country for the month: the Citroën Dispatch, Landwind X5, Lexus CT hybrid, Mitsubishi Outlander and, rather interestingly, the rather good Peugeot 308.
South Africa's 10 worst-selling passenger cars (under R500k) of June 2016
1. Citroën C1 – 1
2. Citroën C4 Aircross – 1
3. Mini Paceman – 1
4. Suzuki Splash – 1
5. Tata Manza – 1
6. Citroën Dispatch – 2
7. Landwind X5 – 2
8. Lexus CT – 2
9. Mitsubishi Outlander – 2
10. Peugeot 308 – 2