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.

Indeed, we've already reported the 10 best-selling passenger cars of September 2016, as well as listing the 10 best-selling bakkies in our market for the same period.

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 that start 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 September 2016? Well, seven local vehicle ranges each sold just a single unit. It must be pointed out, however, that the Jeep Compass has been discontinued in South Africa, so its single sale effectively came from run-out stock. It's a similar case with the Golf Cabriolet, which was recently removed from Volkswagen SA's official price list.

Another three vehicle ranges each sold just two units. One of these, however, was the outgoing, third-generation Renault Mégane (for the record, some 87 units of the newly launched fourth-generation Mégane were sold in September).

For reference, see August's list here.

South Africa's 10 worst-selling passenger cars (under R500k) of September 2016

Citroën C1 – 1
Jeep Compass – 1
Lexus CT 200h – 1
Peugeot 2008 – 1
Toyota Prius – 1
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet – 1
Volvo V60 – 1
Mahindra Quanto – 2
Mini Paceman – 2
Renault Mégane III – 2

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