It’s a question we’re often asked but seldom able to answer. Who’s winning the double-cab bakkie sales race in South Africa?

Now, however, thanks to our friends over at Lightstone Auto (via our sister publication, Leisure Wheels), we’re able to shed some light on the matter.

While the sales figures released by Naamsa don’t include a breakdown of the various bakkie body styles, a record is indeed kept. And, according to Lightstone Auto, the Toyota Hilux is leading the double-cab pack in 2020 (a year admittedly ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic) so far, with 4 421 units registered.

Ford’s Ranger is next with 4 159 double-cab units, while Isuzu’s D-Max (including a handful of KB-badged examples sold before the switch to the aforementioned moniker) completes the podium with 1 566 units.

Interestingly, the single-cab race after the first five months of the year is also led by the Hilux (3 084), which is some way ahead of the D-Max/KB (1 742), Ranger (768) and Mahindra Pik Up (754). The extra-cab battle likewise sees the Hilux (1 647) out ahead of the Ranger (702) and D-Max/KB (305).

Earlier in 2020, Toyota SA Motors said its Hilux grabbed back the double-cab bakkie sales crown in 2019, claiming a 33 percent share of the segment. According to Toyota, as many as 18 712 double-cab versions of its Hilux were registered locally in 2019, representing a three percent year-on-year increase. Ford was a mere 349 units behind.