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2017-08-31 15:44

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Cape Town - When it comes to buying new vehicles, South Africans have a growing preference for purchasing locally-built cars, according to year-to-date sales data by Naamsa.

Sales from January to July 2017 show that nine of the 10 top-selling cars and bakkies are built in South Africa – accounting for 34.1% of passenger car and light commercial vehicle (LCV) sales, year-to-date.

From January to July, a total 301 486 passenger cars and LCVs were sold. Of the 358 different models on sale this year, only 25 are built in South Africa. Despite only representing 7% of all models on sale, South African-built cars account for 45.5% of sales, compared to the 54.5% sales share for the 326 imported models on sale.

Bakkies remain the most popular, accounting for 55% of year-to-date sales among SA-built vehicles. Bakkies form part of the LCV segment, which also includes minibuses and light vehicles that have been refitted for commercial use. Between 2012 and 2016, the LCV segment grew 7.1%, while total vehicle sales over that period declined 18.8%.

Check out the tables below: Info by Naamsa and Wesbank

Wesbank's Rudolf Mahoney said: "It’s remarkable that nine of the top ten sellers are South African, especially with more than 350 models on sale today. This incredible demand for locally built vehicles perfectly illustrates how important the motor industry is to the local economy and consumers."


SA's top-selling vehicles: July 2017

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