HILUX IN SA: Toyota's next-gen Hilux has arrived in South Africa. Does it have what it takes to reclaim the local bakkie throne? Image: Quickpic
Cape Town - Weak Rand, rising interest rates and waning sales... the outlook for the SA vehicle industry is troubling, with huge declines in sales predicted in 2016.
Despite the grim outlook for the local vehicle industry, thousands of vehicles have been sold since January 2016.
South Africans love bakkies and its good to see some great products, such as the 2016 Toyota Hilux, launched locally. We've listed the best-selling bakkies in SA (from January to February 2016).
Which is the best-selling bakkie in SA?
For many years, the Toyota Hilux has been the most popular bakkie in South Africa - it was also the top-selling light commercial vehicle in 2015.
Ford upped its game and its Ranger, spruced for 2015, has been a tough rival for the Hilux. In 2015, the Ranger outsold the Hilux for five months out of 12 and in February 2016.
2016 SA car sales: Grim months ahead
This is set to change as the next-gen Hilux sets out to reclaim its title as SA's bakkie king. The arrival of the locally-built Hilux is also a boon for the SA vehicle production industry.
New Hilux in SA
The eighth-generation Toyota Hilux has been in gestation for more than 10 years and in 2016, has finally arrived in SA. Prices start from R228 900 for the entry-level, single-cab petrol and R547 900 for the top-of-the-range, double-cab diesel.
Toyota says it has improved on the outgoing bakkie's shortcomings (read: ride quality) and built on its strengths (rugged, reliability). The new bakkie has been completely re-designed and for the first time (at least for SA) sports a luxurious interior.
Hilux vs Ranger in 2016
Toyota claims more than 1000 units of its new double-cab variant were sold in February 2016. Despite the launch of the latest-generation Hilux the Ford sold 510 more units than its rival in Feb 2016.
It's still early in the fight and the new Hilux is gaining in popularity.
More bakkies for SA
In third place is the Nissan NP200 (2249 units) followed by Chevrolet Utility and Isuzu KB (1706) in fourth and fifth place respectively.
The South African bakkie market will see more new models arrive in 2016. Fiat and Mitsubishi's partnership has resulted in two new bakkies for SA - the next-generation Triton and all-new Fullback.
The Fullback is the Italian automaker's first bakkie in South Africa since its Strada.
Read: New bakkies for SA - Hilux, Navara, Fullback and more!
Below are the figures for the top-selling bakkies in SA for 2016 released by the Department of Trade and Industry. Scroll below for January and February sales.
Best-selling bakkies in SA: Combined sales for Jan - Feb 2016
1 Ford Ranger – 5118
2 Toyota Hilux – 5033 units
3 Nissan NP200 – 2249
4 Chevrolet Utility – 1958
5 Isuzu KB – 1706
6 Nissan NP300 – 1424
7 Toyota Land Cruiser PU – 723
8 Volkswagen Amarok – 239
9 Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up – 236
10 Mahindra Bolero – 206
Full results below:
January vehicle sales
February vehicle sales
Best-selling bakkies in January 2016:
1 Toyota Hilux – 2773
2 Ford Ranger – 2348
3 Nissan NP200 – 1147
4 Chevrolet Utility – 978
5 Isuzu KB – 598
6 Nissan NP300 – 563
7 Toyota Land Cruiser PU – 357
8 Volkswagen Amarok – 239
9 Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up – 108
10 Mahindra Bolero – 98
Best-selling bakkies in February 2016:
1 Ford Ranger - 2770
2 Toyota Hilux - 2260
3 Isuzu KB - 1108
4 Nissan NP200 - 1102
5 Chevrolet Utility - 980
6 Nissan NP300 - 861
7 Toyota Land Cruiser PU - 366
8 Volkswagen Amarok - 183
9 Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up - 128
10 Nissan Navara - 108