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January car sales beat the gloom

2012-02-02 12:55

New car sales in January were the best in five years due to strong demand from car rental companies which absorbed about 17% of new car sales.

Naamsa data reports that aggregate industry new car sales in January improved by 2465 (7.5%) over the 32 963 new cars sold in January 2011. This included figures from Mercedes-Benz SA which is prohibited by Global HQ from publishing anything except total car and commercial sales figures.

Overall new vehicle sales in January improved by seven percent over a year earlier to 7% 48 251.

EXPORT GETTING BETTER?

Total commercial vehicle sales improved by 250 from 12 144 to 12 394 and total vehicle exports of South African-produced vehicles (excluding MBSA) improved by 260 units to 10 445 over January 2011 – but production only resumed in the middle of January after the year-end shutdown.

Export sales were expected to improve from February with more emphasis on sales into Africa rather than cash-strapped Europe and to exceed the 271 763 of 2011.

Comments
  • Vickers - 2012-02-07 14:00

    SA Top 20 sales for Jan 2012. 1) VW Polo Vivo 2 964 2) VW Polo 2 644 3) TOYOTA Corolla/Auris 1 598 4) FORD Figo 1 337 5) TOYOTA Yaris 882 6) VW Golf6 659 7) CHEV Aveo 657 8) CHEV Cruze 606 9) NISSAN Juke 602 10) BMW 3-Series 590 11) TOYOTA Fortuner 589 12) NISSAN Micra 580 13) AUDI A4 567 14) BMW 1-Series 520 15) FORD Fiesta 500 16) RENAULT Sandero 481 17) CHEV Spark 438 18) CHEV Sonic 431 19) VW Jetta 6 414 20) HONDA Jazz 335 Note: The C class should be in the top 10 as the usually sell a little more than the 3 Series. Ans Hyundai/Kia can really start reporting their figures. They have nothing to be ashamed of

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