According to Naamsa, South Africa's October 2020 new-vehicle sales came in at 38 752 units, representing a 25,4 percent fall compared with the corresponding month in 2019. So, what happened in the passenger vehicle segment?

Well, despite the fact Naamsa no longer releases individual model sales statistics to the public, we’ve laid our hands on all the important information. Still, take note that some brands – including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Haval and Opel – provide only aggregate data.

So, here’s what happened in October 2020. The locally built Volkswagen Polo Vivo was again the country’s top seller, with 2 259 units registered. The likewise SA-produced Polo hatchback was second, some 670 units behind.

The Toyota Fortuner (1 349) placed third, ahead of the new (Suzuki-built) Toyota Starlet, which enjoyed a particularly strong start in its first full month on sale, selling an impressive 1 102 units (compared with 51 Baleno units from Suzuki). Toyota’s Corolla Quest (850) was fifth, with the outgoing Toyota Etios placing sixth on 826 units.

The Swift (731) grabbed seventh in Suzuki Auto SA’s best sales month yet, while the Ford EcoSport took eighth with 665 registrations. The Hyundai i20 was ninth (628), while the Renault Kwid and Volkswagen Polo Sedan tied for the final spot on the table, each ending the month on 606 units.

South Africa’s 10 best-selling passenger vehicles of October 2020

1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 259
2. Volkswagen Polo hatchback – 1 589
3. Toyota Fortuner – 1 349
4. Toyota Starlet – 1 102
5. Toyota Corolla Quest – 850
6. Toyota Etios – 826
7. Suzuki Swift – 731
8. Ford EcoSport – 665
9. Hyundai i20 – 628
10=. Renault Kwid – 606
10=. Volkswagen Polo Sedan – 606