#Kyalami9Hour: An A to Z guide

Take a look at this cool A to Z guide of everything you need to know about the iconic race.

Suzuki's hottest little hatch driven in SA

The world needs cars like the Suzuki Swift Sport and we've been waiting for a long time for the sportiest version of the Swift to arrive.

SEE: World's first premium bakkie - just how many X-Class models were sold in 2018?

2019-07-24 13:15

Image: Warren Wilson

Earlier in 2019, Mercedes-Benz released its annual financial report. Most telling was sales data relating to its X-Class bakkie - more than "14 000" units sold in 2018, which compared to rivals is staggeringly low, reports Mercedes-Benz.

Given its pricing, from R642 000 in SA,  the X-Class was never going to be a volume-seller.

In July, Automotive News Europe reports that the X-Class, a joint venture with the Nissan Navara and Renault Alaskan, "could face the axe due to poor sales".

Marketed as the world’s first premium bakkie, the X-Class sold 16 700 globally in 2018 - its first official year of being on sale, reports DriveTribe

Locally, Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) does not release individual sales figures to Naamsa, only a collective figure for all its vehicles. MBSA has  declined to comment on speculation that it would end production of its X-Class.

The X-Class was launched in SA early 2018, in X220d and X250d guise, with current pricing starting from R642 103. The V6 offering (the X350d Power) followed a few months later and currently retails for R973 188.

                                          Image: Warren Wilson

Its pricing has made it a tough sell in SA where the staple of Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger continue to top the sales charts in a very competitive market. 

X-Class vs the rest

Here' s how it fared against rivals in terms of sales; both locally and internationally:

In 2018, the Toyota Hilux was not just the best-selling vehicle locally with 40 018 units sold, but it was also the top-selling bakkie globally on 548 313 sales.

The Isuzu D-Max may play second fiddle to the Hilux and Ford Ranger in South Africa, but over the course of 2018 it amassed a global sales figure of 301 629 units. Locally, it managed a sales figure of 15 520 units.

The Ranger sold 30 141 units in South Africa last year, compared to a global figure of 267 153 units.

The Nissan Navara, the bakkie on which the X-Class is based, sold 231 435 units globally and 2090 units locally. Volkswagen's Amarok did well in SA in 2018; selling 2 979 units. Globally, it sold more than 74 400 units.


Read more on:    mercedes-benz  |  new vehicle  |  bakkie  |  x-class

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.