According to Naamsa, South Africa's October 2019 new vehicle sales came in at 51 978 units, representing an increase of 0,2 percent, year on year. Here’s what happened in the tenth 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 October 2019? Well, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo remained at the top of the pile, with the Polo hatchback again having to settle for second place (for the record, the local arm of the German brand also sold 522 examples of its Polo sedan).

The Toyota Corolla Quest held steady in third, while the Ford EcoSport rocketed back into the top ten to grab a strong fourth place. The Volkswagen T-Cross, too, continued to impress, cracking four figures in its first full month on sale, which proved enough to secure it a credible fifth place.

Toyota’s Yaris held onto sixth spot, while the Renault Kwid dropped two places to seventh. The Toyota Fortuner slipped one to eighth, with the Ford Figo falling as many as five to ninth. Toyota’s Etios returned to the table to snaffle the final spot.

Other bits and bobs

So, what else interesting happened in October 2019? Well, BMW’s most popular models were the 3 Series (274) and 1 Series (213), following by the locally built X3 (193). The X7 (33) again easily outsold the 7 Series (eight), while the German firm registered ten examples of its Z4 roadster (Toyota managed three units of the related Supra).

Fiat’s Tipo (104) enjoyed a keen jump in sales, while just 136 units of Ford’s Fiesta found homes across the land. The Blue Oval brand’s Everest (193), meanwhile, again trailed the aforementioned Fortuner, but outsold the Isuzu MU-X (44) and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport (40).

Haval registered 837 new vehicle sales in the passenger segment, again outperforming the likes of Honda (401), Opel (333) and Mahindra (327). While Hyundai failed to place in the top ten, it did enjoy strong contributions from the i20 (654), Grand i10 (607), Creta (403) and Accent (293), while the new Atos made an early impact with a useful 244 registrations.

Jaguar Land Rover’s best performer was the Range Rover Sport with 77 units sold, although the local arm of the British firm again failed to register a single unit of its all-electric I-Pace. The Picanto (582) was the most popular Kia, while the CX-5 (340) and CX-3 (302) again performed the heavy lifting for Mazda.

The Almera added 544 units for Nissan, while the Datsun Go (425) was next in line for the Japanese group. Citroën, meanwhile, managed to sell 31 examples of its C3 and 21 units of its C3 Aircross, along with 19 vehicles wearing the C5 Aircross badge. Peugeot’s new-to-SA 108 added 24 units for the French group, while the 5008 had to settle for seven.

The Renault Sandero (886) wasn’t far from placing in the top ten, while the Clio (543) and Duster (338) performed admirably for the firm. The Swift (678) was again Suzuki’s volume driver, while the Avanza (610), RAV4 (558) and Corolla sedan (499) made very useful contributions to Toyota’s cause.

Audi registered 95 examples of its new A1 Sportback and 103 units of its new Q3, while the Tiguan (722) came to the party for Volkswagen.

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

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

1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 937
2. Volkswagen Polo hatchback – 2 098
3. Toyota Corolla Quest – 1 313
4. Ford EcoSport – 1 265
5. Volkswagen T-Cross – 1 132
6. Toyota Yaris – 1 065
7. Renault Kwid – 1 056
8. Toyota Fortuner – 1 018
9. Ford Figo – 963
10. Toyota Etios – 957