The sales figures for November 2018 are in … and some 729 units separate the top two vehicles as the battle for the title of South Africa’s best-selling bakkie continues. But, as we’ve pointed out over the past few months, that battle is now somewhat one-sided…
According to Naamsa, November's new vehicle industry sales came in at 47 486 units, representing a decrease of 4,6 percent, year on year. The light commercial segment, meanwhile, fell by 6,1 percent to 13 695 units for the month (also check out our lists of SA's best-selling and worst-selling passenger vehicles).
So, what exactly happened in terms of bakkie sales in November 2018? Well, the refreshed Toyota Hilux remained on top, with the Ford Ranger again having to settle for second place. By our maths, that puts the Hilux a massive 8 901 units ahead of the Ranger in the year-to-date race, with just a single month remaining in 2018.
In November, the Nissan NP200 held steady in third spot, with the Isuzu D-Max – which has switched from the KB badge – remaining in fourth (its final figure comprised 815 units of the KB and 603 units of the D-Max). The Nissan NP300/Hardbody again rounded out the top half of the table, easily keeping its fifth-place ranking despite attracting criticism for its recent Global NCAP crash-test result.
The Volkswagen Amarok likewise remained in sixth, with the GWM Steed climbing one to seventh and the Mahindra Pik-Up falling one to eighth. The Nissan Navara, meanwhile, climbed one to ninth, forcing the Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up down to the final spot on the table.
That means there was no room for the Mahindra Bolero (61), Mitsubishi Triton (39), Mazda BT-50 (21) or Fiat Fullback (13) in November. Unfortunately, Mercedes-Benz South Africa doesn’t report individual model sales, so it’s hard to tell exactly how many X-Class units were sold during the month.
See the top ten list below, and have a look at October 2018’s figures here.
South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies of November 2018:
1. Toyota Hilux – 3 235
2. Ford Ranger – 2 506
3. Nissan NP200 – 1 698
4. Isuzu KB/D-Max – 1 418
5. Nissan NP300/Hardbody – 1002
6. Volkswagen Amarok – 273
7. GWM Steed – 167
8. Mahindra Pik-Up – 166
9. Nissan Navara – 142
10. Toyota Land Cruiser Pick-up – 128
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