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WHAT A SURPRISE: The Renault Kwid made a solid start to its relationship with SA consumers, entering 9th place in the top-selling cars list for November 2016. Image: Wheels24

Pretoria - The Volkswagen Polo leaped to the top of the new vehicle sales list with 1762 units, followed closely by the Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest on 1746 units in November 2016.

The VW Polo Vivo takes bronze with 1649 units.

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The biggest surprise to join the list is the Renault Kwid in 9th place (519 units) and the Toyota Rav4 in tenth (462).

Check out our list of the best-selling passenger cars for November 2016 at the end of this article

Meeting ambition

Renault South Africa says:" The interest in Kwid has been exceptional since our Press launch in November, and a figure of 519 units (485 Dealer Channel) sold in November is in-line with our monthly ambition for the vehicle.

"However, when one considers that the new car market is down and that we had stock available in the network from the middle of month, it makes the Kwid success in Nov a remarkable achievement. There is sizeable demand for Renault Kwid and we believe that the sales will go from strength-to-strength."

New passenger car sales continued to drop in November 2016, commented the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa).

Conditions in the new vehicle market had remained extremely challenging characterised by double digit year on year declines in most segments. 

Despite attractive cash incentives on offer by a number of automotive companies, the consumer driven new car market had remained under pressure during November 2016 and at 28 334 units reflected a decline of 4548 cars or a fall of 13.8% compared to the 32 882 new cars sold in November last year, says Naamsa.


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Naamsa says: “Domestically, the short to medium term outlook for new vehicle sales remained extremely challenging.

"Double digit new vehicle price inflation, pressure on household disposable incomes, low levels of consumer and business confidence and relatively high interest rates represented a negative environment for new vehicle sales. 

“On the assumption that the economy would register growth in 2017, in real terms, of around 1.0% - new vehicle sales could grow next year by between 3% and 4%.”


Top-selling new vehicles in November 2016: 

1 VW Polo - 1762 units

2 Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest - 1746

3 VW Polo Vivo - 1649

4 Toyota Fortuner - 1135

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5 Ford Fiesta - 1130

6 Toyota Etios - 1006

7 Ford EcoSport - 908

8 Datsun Go - 586

9 Renault Kwid - 519

This is the new Renault Kwid. It rides on 13" tyres. #Renault #kwid #hatch

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10 Toyota Rav4 - 462

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