According to Naamsa, South Africa’s December 2020 new-vehicle sales came in at 37 493 units, representing a 10,1 percent fall compared with the same month in 2019. So, what happened in the passenger vehicle segment?

Well, despite the fact Naamsa no longer releases individual model sales statistics to the public, we’ve laid our hands on all the important information (and published a list of best-selling bakkies, too). Still, take note that some brands – including Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Haval and Opel – provide only aggregate data.

Here’s what happened in December 2020. The locally built Volkswagen Polo Vivo was yet again the country’s top-selling passenger car, with 2 022 units registered. The likewise Uitenhage-produced Polo hatch (including the GTI) was again second, some 453 units off the pace.

The Toyota Starlet (1 126) climbed one place to third, while the Japanese firm’s Prospecton-built Corolla Quest (1 004) rocketed back up the table to grab fourth. The Toyota Fortuner thus fell two spots to fifth, with 942 units registered.

Volkswagen’s T-Cross (823) dropped one place to sixth, while the Hyundai i20 (671) returned to the table in seventh. The Ford Figo climbed one spot to eighth, with some 666 units sold. The Blue Oval brand’s EcoSport (623), meanwhile, dropped two places to ninth, leaving the Hyundai Venue to close out the top ten, falling two spots with some 580 units registered.

Anything else of interest? Well, BMW’s top seller in December 2020 was the 3 Series with 187 units, while just 23 examples of Honda’s new WR-V were registered. Toyota’s freshly launched Agya, meanwhile, finished December on 195 units.

For Hyundai, the new Creta (333) outsold the Atos (314), though the latest Grand i10 (359) beat them both. Five examples of the i30 N, meanwhile, were registered during the month, along with four units each of the Toyota Supra and BMW Z4.

Land Rover’s top performer was again the Defender (131), while the Picanto (337) played that role for Kia and the CX-5 (321) for Mazda. The Triber (438) topped the charts for Renault, with the S-Presso (543) doing the same for Suzuki and the Q2 (145) for Audi.

South Africa’s 10 best-selling passenger vehicles of December 2020

1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2 022
2. Volkswagen Polo hatchback – 1 569
3. Toyota Starlet – 1 126
4. Toyota Corolla Quest – 1 004
5. Toyota Fortuner – 942
6. Volkswagen T-Cross – 823
7. Hyundai i20 – 671
8. Ford Figo – 666
9. Ford EcoSport – 623
10. Hyundai Venue – 580