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2017-02-02 12:34

SOLID PERFORMER: A whopping 128 new owners took delivery of their new Ford Mustangs in January 2017. Image: QuickPic

Charlen Raymond

Cape Town - The Ford Mustang picked up in January 2017 where it ended 2016: as South Africa's best-selling sports cars.

A pressing economy and a recovering rand all played a part in dismal sales across the new vehicle market, but perhaps the biggest telling sign of this strain can be seen in the sports car category.

Dwindling numbers

The Mustang found a massive 128 new owners; more than four times what the second-placed Porsche 911 achieved on 29! The Porsche Cayman/Boxster sold the third most units on 20.

BMW's electric sports car, the i8, found six new owners, followed by the Nissan GT-R (five owners) in fifth.

The Audi R8 and Ferrari 488 Spider each sold a solitary unit.

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Here are the best-selling sports cars for January 2017:

1. Ford Mustang - 128 units

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2. Porsche 911 - 29

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3. Porsche 718 Cayman/Boxster - 20

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4. BMW i8 - 6

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5. Nissan GT-R - 5

6. Ferrari 488 Spider - 1

7. Audi R8 - 1

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