KING OF THE MONTH: The Toyota Land Cruiser 200 was January 2017's top-selling luxury SUV. Image: Motorpress
Cape Town - After showing dominance throughout 2016, the BMW X5 has been knocked off its perch as South Africa's top-selling luxury SUV by the Toyota Land Cruiser 200.
The Toyota sold 150 units in January 2017 to get its year off to a positive start.
Battle of the big guns
The X5 sold the second highest units in January, with 121 new owners taking deliver. Another Toyota, the Prado, is in third on 106 units. The Land Rover Discovery sold the fourth most units on 100. These four SUVs are the only ones to have registered triple digit sales figures.
The Jaguar F-Pace continues its upwards climb and sits comfortably in fifth place on 84 units, but its cousins, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport, are not far behind with 77 units sold. The F-Pace was 2016's tenth-best selling SUV, despite being launched in May.
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In seventh place is the tough-as-nails Jeep Grand Cherokee on 51, followed by the Audi Q7 and Lexus LX - both on 36 units in eighth place. Volvo's force de technology XC90 (35) and the BMW X6 (33) occupy the last two slots.
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The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa) noted: "Together with the positive impact of the easing of drought conditions and projected global economic growth of around 3.4%, as well as Rand strength which should benefit new vehicle pricing, these factors should contribute positively to new vehicle sales. Domestic sales could regain some traction during the course of the year."
SUVs, and in particular luxury SUVs, have found great fondness among South Africans. Though the sales figures are substantially less than those of passenger cars and bakkies, it is hard to foresee 2017 not being another successful year for this segment.
To-selling luxury SUVs for January 2017:
1. Toyota Land Cruiser 200 - 150 units
2. BMW X5 - 121
3. Toyota Prado - 106
4. Land Rover Discovery 4 - 100
5. Jaguar F-Pace - 84
6. Range Rover/Sport - 77
7. Jeep Grand Cherokee - 51
8. Audi Q7 - 36
8. Lexus LX - 36
9. Volvo XC90 - 35
10. BMW X6 - 33