According to Naamsa, South Africa's November 2019 new vehicle sales came in at 44 738 units, representing a fall of 5,8 percent, year on year. Here’s what happened in the eleventh month of 2019 in the passenger vehicle segment...

Take note that some brands – including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Haval – continue to provide only aggregate data (and thus no individual model sales).

So, what happened in November 2019 (be sure to check out our list of SA's best-selling bakkies and worst-sellers, too)? Well, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo stayed at the very top of the pile, with the Polo hatchback again taking second place.

The recently facelifted Renault Kwid climbed four places to grab third, while the Ford EcoSport held steady in fourth place. Ford’s Figo moved up four places to take fifth, while the Toyota Etios was likewise up four, to place sixth.

The Volkswagen T-Cross fell two spots to seventh, while the Kia Picanto returned to the table to take eighth. The Volkswagen Polo Sedan enjoyed a particularly strong month and entered the table at ninth, while Toyota’s Fortuner fell two places to tenth.

Other odds and ends

So, what else interesting happened in November 2019? Well, BMW registered 330 units of its 3 Series and 161 units of its locally built X3, along with 13 examples of the Z4 roadster (compared with two units of the closely related Toyota Supra).

Fiat enjoyed a surge in sales (off a low base, admittedly), with its Panda (332) and Tipo (83) leading the way. For Ford, the Fiesta could muster just 113 units, while the Everest (220) again outsold rivals such as the Isuzu MU-X (90) and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (31).

Honda’s most popular offering was the Amaze sedan (168), while Hyundai’s Grand i10 (576) and i20 (540) weren’t far from placing in the top ten. The new Atos managed a respectable 230 units, while the Korean firm also enjoyed strong contributions from the Creta (416), Tucson (304) and Elantra (280).

The CX-5 (321) and CX-3 (275) again led the charge for Mazda, with the Mazda2 (202) and Mazda3 (103) also making it into three figures in November. Interestingly, Nissan’s top seller was the X-Trail with 310 units, while the Almera (292) and Qashqai (278) also contributed gamely. The Datsun Go, meanwhile, had to settle for 233 registrations.

For Opel, the Crossland X (108) made it into three figures, with the outgoing Corsa adding 77 units for the German firm. Citroën registered 34 units in total (across its three models), while Peugeot’s 208 (52) and 108 (46) improved the French brand’s showing.

Behind the Kwid, Renault’s top performers were the Sandero (446), the outgoing Clio (361) and the Duster (244), while Subaru could muster just 77 registrations in total. The Swift (550) accounted for more than a third of Suzuki’s total, with the Ertiga (230) and Vitara (164) also making fair contributions.

Toyota’s Corolla Quest (598) fell from the top ten, but the Avanza showed no signs of slowing down with 507 registrations. The Yaris (525), RAV4 (373) and Corolla Sedan (296) all enjoyed useful showings, too. The A3 Sportback (158) was again Audi’s volume driver, with the new Q3 managing 70 registrations.

The Tiguan added 536 units to Volkswagen’s cause, while the Golf 7 ended up on 248 units (many no doubt wearing the GTI badge). For Volvo, the XC60 (64) again led the charge, with the XC40 not far behind on 45 units.

See the top ten table below (and have a look back at October 2019’s figures here):

South Africa’s 10 best-selling passenger cars of November 2019:

1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 439
2. Volkswagen Polo hatchback – 2 038
3. Renault Kwid – 1 508
4. Ford EcoSport – 1 360
5. Ford Figo – 1 002
6. Toyota Etios – 858
7. Volkswagen T-Cross – 842
8. Kia Picanto – 733
9. Volkswagen Polo Sedan – 711
10. Toyota Fortuner – 664