June 2021 wasn’t the best of months for bakkie sales, in relative terms at least, with the light commercial vehicle sector growing by 9,6% versus June last year, whereas passenger cars saw a growth of 28%. Overall the South African vehicle market was 0,8 percent down on the month before and 20,2 percent up on May 2020.
Toyota once again won the bakkie sales race, with 3 320 Hilux sales recorded, and Ford’s Ranger had a decent month too, with 2 407 units moved. Isuzu followed in third with its D-Max (1 304), Nissan’s NP200 was fourth (987) and GWM made it into the top five by selling 387 P-Series bakkies, according to Naamsa figures.
Among the lesser-selling bakkies, the Volkswagen Amarok just missed the top 10, with 88 Amarok sales recorded, while the Mitsubishi Triton managed 44 sales and the Mahindra Bolero 37. The soon-to-be-discontinued Nissan NP300 range managed 49 sales, and no Navara numbers were listed for last month – although you can expect this to change soon as the significantly expanded, locally-produced line-up comes on stream soon.
South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies: June 2021
- Toyota Hilux – 3 320 units
- Ford Ranger – 2 407
- Isuzu D-Max – 1 304
- Nissan NP200 – 987
- GWM P-Series – 387
- Toyota Land Cruiser PU – 303
- Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up – 301
- Hyundai H100 Bakkie – 169
- GWM Steed – 163
- Kia K2700 – 129
“The new vehicle market continued its gradual recovery during the month of June 2020 in the face of a number of challenges, but also opportunities,” Naamsa said. “Ongoing stronger sales through the dealer channel signals improved consumer and business sentiment, rental companies are re-fleeting again while the delayed replacement cycle, due to lockdown restrictions in 2020, are catching up in contributing to improved new vehicle sales.
However, persistent electricity problems, port delays and the third Covid-19 wave threatens to dent the momentum, the industry association warns.