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2017-03-02 07:16

SURPRISE ENTRY: The Ford Focus is one of the top 10 best-selling cars for February 2017. Image: Quickpic

Charlen Raymond

Cape Town - The Volkswagen Polo remains South Africa’s best-selling vehicle in February 2017.

Volkswagen sold 3017 Vivo models in February, followed by its Polo (2462 units), reports the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa). 

Focus makes top 10

The Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest range sold 1717 units in third, “leading the way” from the Toyota Etios (1233) and Toyota Fortuner (1092). The Fortuner, again, was also SA’s best-selling SUV in all segments.

Ford’s Fiesta completes the top six as the last vehicle to sell more than 1000 units in February with 1054 finding new homes locally.

The Renault Sandero (681 units) outsold the new Kwid to retake the title as the French automaker's top local-seller. The Ford Focus (649) made a surprise appearance in the top 10, nudging out its EcoSport (644) sibling.

The Toyota RAV4 completes the top 10 passenger cars list with 612 units sold.


READ: 'Positive' SA vehicle sales for February 2017 - Naamsa

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Modest outlook

February 2017’s new car market at 31 400 units reflected a decline of 1454 cars or a fall of 4.4% compared to the 32 854 new cars sold in February 2016. The car rental industry had again made a strong contribution and had accounted for 19.1% of new car sales in February 2017.

Naamsa says the easing of drought conditions and projected global economic growth of around 3.4%, as well as continuing Rand strength which should benefit new vehicle pricing, represents factors which should contribute positively to sales of new motor vehicles over the medium term.

Top 10 Passenger cars: List by Naamsa

1. VW Polo Vivo 3017 units

2. VW Polo 2462

3. Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest 1717

4. Toyota Etios 1233

5. Toyota Fortuner 1092

6. Ford Fiesta 1054

7. Renault Sandero 681

8. Ford Focus 649

9. Ford EcoSport 644

10. Toyota RAV4 612

Where's BMW?

According to Naamsa: "BMW SA, with effect from February 1 2017, will report one aggregate sales number in respect of passenger car sales in the South African Market. BMW SA will review its decision provided all reporting companies report new vehicle sales numbers by market segment, vehicle type and channel (dealer sales, government sales, car rental sales and single units)."

Top-selling new passenger cars in February 2017: 

1 VW Polo Vivo -3017units

2 VW Polo - 2462

3 Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest - 1717

4 Toyota Etios - 1233

5 Toyota Fortuner - 1092

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6 Ford Fiesta - 1054

7 Renault Sandero - 681

8 Ford Focus - 649


9 Ford EcoSport - 644

10 Toyota RAV4 - 612


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