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2017-01-10 10:06

Charlen Raymond

HEY, BIG SPENDER: The BMW X5 was December 2016's top-selling luxury SUV. Image: BMW

Cape Town - Despite overall new vehicle sales plummeting in December 2016, luxury SUVs continue to find homes in South Africa.

With prices starting from R780 000, the list of luxury SUVs is headed by the BMW X5, with 123 units sold in December.

Not only is the X5 the top-seller in December, it's also the best-selling luxury SUV of 2016.

Sales dip, luxury SUVs continue to sell

Toyota also registered a good month with its Prado and Land Cruiser 200 selling 99 and 80 units, respectively. The sales of these SUVs ensure that the Japanese company is a front-runner in three categories: luxury SUVs, bakkies and passenger cars (read more below).

Jaguar Land Rover also experienced a good month, with SUVs from both brands hitting targets. For Land Rover, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport had an accumulative sales figure of 84 units. And for Jaguar, the F-Pace found 33 new owners.

READ: How the F-Pace changed Jaguar's image in SA

Three SUVs from the Volkswagen Group - Porsche Cayenne, Audi Q7, VW Touareg - all registered strong figures, and the XC90 ensured that Volvo remains a contender with 39 units sold.

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The pressure rises

Though luxury SUVs performed admirably, overall new vehicle sales saw a huge drop.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) said: "Overall, 2016 turned out to be another extremely difficult year for the South African automotive industry with domestic new vehicle sales progressively under pressure, particularly at dealer level, despite attractive sales incentives.

"Industry trading conditions had remained intensely competitive characterized by pressure on dealer margins."

See images for the top 10 below:

1. BMW X5

2. Toyota Prado

3. Range Rover/Sport

4. Toyota Land Cruiser 200

5. Porsche Cayenne

6. Jeep Grand Cherokee

7. Audi Q7

8. Volvo XC90

9. BMW X6

10. Jaguar F-Pace

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