Suzuki South Africa says June 2019 was its best sales month yet, with 1 479 new vehicles registered during the sixth month of the year.

This represents the best month for sales in the company’s ten-year history in South Africa, allowing the local arm of the Japanese automaker to grab a claimed overall market share of 3,22 percent (its highest on record). Indeed, in June 2019, Suzuki SA outsold the likes of the BMW Group, Kia and Mazda.

“In the first quarter of our 2019/20 financial year, our dealers managed to sell 2 984 vehicles, which is a whopping improvement of 31 percent compared to the same period last year,” said André Venter, Suzuki SA’s divisional manager for sales and marketing.

“The dealer network has, on average, now sold more than 900 units a month for the last three months in a row, and in June sales broke through the 1 000 barrier for only the second time since we established the company in South Africa in 2009,” he added.

As we pointed out in an earlier story, the Swift was the top seller for the brand in June with 548 units, while the Celerio added 249 and the Ignis a further 204. The new Ertiga managed 143 units, while the Dzire (98), Vitara (64), Baleno (59), Jimny (29) and Ciaz (19) all ended up in double figures. The ageing Grand Vitara added three units (and found itself on the worst-selling list), while 63 more registrations came in the commercial segment.

“With a growing dealer network and with our focus on good sales- and aftersales service, affordable and stylish vehicles and new products on the horizon, we believe that we can continue to grow in the second half of 2019,” says Venter.

Suzuki confirmed it planned to launch both the new Swift Sport and the Suzuki Vitara Turbo in “early August”, each featuring the firm’s turbocharged 1,4-litre petrol engine.