Toyota South Africa Motors says its Hilux grabbed back the double-cab bakkie sales crown in 2019, claiming a 33 percent share of the segment.

The Japanese firm’s local arm made the announcement at the recent State of the Motor Industry address in Johannesburg, confirming it regained leadership in the segment last year.

Toyota SA said as many as 18 712 double-cab versions of its Hilux were registered locally in 2019, representing a three percent year-on-year increase.

According to figures sourced by the studious folks over at our sister publication, Leisure Wheels, Ford sold 18 363 double-cab examples of its Ranger over the same period. A spot of maths reveals the Hilux double-cab ended up beating its Ranger counterpart by a mere 349 units.

Interestingly, the double-cab body style proved to be Toyota SA’s most popular version of the Hilux, accounting for almost 46 percent of the 40 933 units sold over the course of the year. Next was the single-cab on 14 718 units, followed by the xtra-cab on 7 504 units.

Based on our monthly lists of best-selling bakkies in South Africa, the Hilux range as a whole ended 2019 some 15 892 units ahead of the Ranger line-up.