New-car data up 21% on 2011
HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: New vehicles sales in SA in May - cars, trucks, bakkies, exports - were all well up on the same period in 2011.
Johannesburg - Year-on-year new car sales rose significantly through May 2012 in South Africa, helped by a multitude of model launches and better stock availability.
Much of the latter was due to Japan and Thailand’s recovery from devastating floods.
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA said: "New car sales during May 2012 were surprisingly strong. Aggregate industry new car sales in May, at 34 820, were 5999 (20.8%) up on the same month in 2011, including data from Mercedes-Benz SA which no longer gives detailed sales numbers.
GROWTH ALL THE WAY
Overall year-on-year growth of new car sales in May was the best so far in 2012 at 11.3% ahead of the corresponding five months of 2011.
Sales of new light commercials, bakkies and minibuses reached 12 907 in May, up 2287 (21.5%) on the previous May.
Sales in the medium and heavy truck segments totalled 135 units, up 18.1%, in the case of medium commercial and 183 (up 12.7%) in the case of heavy trucks and buses.
"Most manufacturers in these sectors report continuing strong order books going forward," Naamsa added.
Vehicle exports were up by 560 units (2.5%) on the 22 060 a year earlier and expected to improve for the rest of 2012 as Ford and BMW 3 Series production for Africa and other markets ramps up.