According to Naamsa, South Africa's September 2019's new vehicle sales topped at 49 191 units, representing a decline of 0,9 percent, year on year. Here’s a breakdown of passenger vehicle sales for the ninth month of 2019:

As ever, it’s interesting to take a closer look at what’s going on in terms of individual model sales. Having examined the figures and noted the 10 best-selling bakkies for the month, it’s time to do the same with the passenger vehicle market (and observe the worst-selling models).

Take note that some brands, including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Haval continue to provide only aggregate data.

The Volkswagen Polo Vivo held onto the top spot, with the Polo hatchback again having to settle for second place (for the record, the local arm of the German brand also sold 546 examples of its Polo sedan). The highly-anticipated new VW T-Cross secured 810 units in its launch month, placing it in eighth place.

The Renault Kwid dropped one place to fourth, while the Toyota Corolla Quest made a strong re-entry into third place. Despite the Fortuner dropping to seventh, the Toyota Yaris simultaneously climbed to sixth place. The Ford Figo retained its seat at the table gaining one position and the Hyundai Grand i10 fell out of the top 10 list.

Both the Suzuki Swift and Datsun Go lost ground, while the Kia Picanto dropped down one place to ninth. The Renault Sandero re-enters at 10th place.

Other odds and ends

So, what else interesting happened in September 2019? Well, BMW’s X7 (24) once again outsold its 7 Series (5) stablemate, with the 3 Series (307) and locally-built X3 (284) leading the sales charge for the Munich-based firm.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles SA managed 140 registrations over the course of the month, a decrease over August yet ahead of the likes of Mitsubishi (110) and Subaru (90). Peugeot (151) on the other hand made somewhat of a comeback will to the introduction of its 108 and 5008 offerings. Haval registered a slight decline to 771 units in September, while Honda made a small gain to 453 sales.

Ford sold 199 examples of its Everest (by comparison, some 51 units of the Isuzu MU-X were registered, along with 11 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport models), while sales of the Fiesta dropped to 181 units.

After its recent introduction the new Range Rover Evoque (45) takes a backseat to the Range Rover Sport (78), figures that still bode well for JLR.

The Kia Rio (290) and Sportage (290) made worthwhile contributions to the Korean brand's cause, while 214 of Mahindra's 374 passenger car sales came courtesy of the KUV100.

The CX-5 (330) and CX-3 (334) crossover again lead the way for Mazda, with the new Mazda3 settling on 79 sales. The most popular Nissan-badged product in September was the X-Trail (309), while Opel has its Corsa to thank for 118 sales in the month.

The Tiguan added 632 units for Volkswagen, while the soon-to-be-replaced Golf 7 contributed a useful 280 deposits. The XC60 (65) was the volume driver for Volvo, ahead of the quirky XC40 (45) and facelifted XC90 (28).

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

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

1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 540
2. Volkswagen Polo hatchback – 2 326
3. Toyota Corolla Quest – 1 353
4. Ford Figo – 1 128
5. Renault Kwid – 956
6. Toyota Yaris - 925
7. Toyota Fortuner – 918
8. Volkswagen T-Cross - 810
9. Kia Picanto – 775
10. Renault Sandero – 721