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2013-06-03 19:40

MADE IN SA: Vehicle exports from South Africa to the rest of the world continued to rise during May 2013. Image: Mercedes SA

Johannesburg - New vehicle sales in May 2013, at 53 997, were 7.5% greater than in the same month a year earlier, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA has reported.

Dealer sales accounted for 49 113, or 91%, the vehicle rental industry four percent, industry corporate fleets four percent and the state only one percent.


37 019 new cars were sold, 2192 (6.3%) up; light commercials, bakkies and minibuses reached 14 301, 1425 (11.1%) up, but the medium segment, at 961, was down by three but tempered by the heavy segment which, with 1716 sales, was up 136 units (8.6%).

New vehicle exports during May, at 26 325 were up by 3728 (16.5%) on May 2012.

Naamsa said: "Despite indications of a slowdown in economic growth in South Africa the automotive sector has continued to perform relatively well on a year-to-date basis, both in terms of domestic new vehicle sales and particularly in respect of new vehicle exports.”

Full details from the May 2013 Naamsa report.


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