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IMPROVED NUMBERS: Total car sales for April 2013 was 50 920 units – an increase of 19.5% (8312) – showing improved demand. Image: Wheels24

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Additional selling days benefited car sales during April 2013 over the same month a year earlier with aggregate industry sales of 50 920 – an increase of 19.5% (8312) – showing improved demand.

Export sales were up by 29.7%.

HIGHER NUMBERS

Overall, 45 938 units or 90.2% were dealer sales, 3.8% rental industry sales, 2.1% to government and 3.9 % to corporate fleets. Of the total April sales, 34 346 were new cars (up 16.4%) on April 2012.

New light commercial vehicles, bakkies and mini buses sales totalled 14 045, 27.6% up on 2012.

Sales of medium and heavy trucks, at 904 and 1625 respectively, were up by 173 (23.7%) in the case of medium and 271 (20%) in the case of heavy trucks and buses.

New vehicle exports (22 907) were up by 5250 (29.7%) and are expected to continue to improve through the rest of 2013 and the auto trade sales in general are also projected to register strong growth.

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