Suzuki Auto South Africa registered its best month for sales yet in August 2019, while also welcoming its 75 000th local customer.

In August, the local arm of the Japanese firm sold 1 581 new vehicles (comprising 1 552 passenger vehicles and 29 commercial vehicles), which saw it ranked eighth on the list of best-selling automakers.

As we pointed out in our earlier report on SA’s best-selling vehicles, the Swift again led the way for Suzuki, selling 663 units and placing ninth.

The Ignis (188), Celerio (141), Dzire (140), Ertiga (138) and Jimny (115) also contributed gamely, while the Baleno, Vitara and Ciaz each ended in double figures. Only the Grand Vitara failed to make it out of single figures, again placing on our list of worst-selling vehicles.

Suzuki’s new sales record follows exactly two years after it first broke through the 1 000-unit barrier. In June 2019, the brand sold 1 489 units, before breaking its record the following month (1 578) and now again in August.

“We are most excited about our dealer sales. They sold 1 057 Suzuki models last month, the highest ever for our dealer network. Each of these sales represents a fellow South African who chose to trust our brand with his or her hard-earned money,” said André Venter, divisional manager for sales and marketing.