Car sales keep on climbing

2012-12-05 07:18

JOHANNESBURG - Overall year-on-year new car and commercial vehicle sales rose by 7.3% in November 2012, the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA has reported.

Another 3636 units were sold by the industry, pushing vehicle sales to 53 636 for November 2012 from 49 498 for the same period in 2011.


"Total domestic sales for the first 11 months of 2012 remain 9.8% ahead of the corresponding period 2011," Naamsa added. Export sales registered a substantial increase of 8088 (39.5%).

“Despite signs of weakness in the economy,” Naamsa claimed, “the performance of the SA automotive sector continues to be positive.”

Low finance charges, strong replacement demand, a highly competitive trading environment, attractive sales incentives and new models continue to support domestic sales and domestic sales are on track for growth of around 10% over 2011.

Negative factors that could influence the new vehicle market over the medium term include a slowing economy, rising inflation and a weak rand.

The modest new vehicle price increases experienced through 2010 and 2011, Naamsa said, might not be sustainable. "The outlook for 2013, at this stage, is one of modest growth in vehicle volume terms -- probably in the range of six to eight percent.”


  • riotousr - 2012-12-05 15:37

    There is only one explanation for this phenomenon, it is called peak tourist season. Most of the vehicles are purchased by vehicle rental companies in order to meet the anticipated demand of the festive season traveller. Nothing really to be excited about.

      halfway.george - 2012-12-06 12:04

      not really, when you read the artical you'll see that the total market is up with 9.8% for the 11 months of 2012 compared to 2011 and with expected year on year growth of up to 10%, this is not just November, although a substantial increase in sales will happen during December like any other year

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