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2018-01-20 14:00

Image: Motorpress

Cape Town - Facing its toughest challenge for top honours in years, the Toyota Hilux managed to dominate South Africa’s bakkie market in 2017. Its big rival, the Ford Ranger, finished second.

These two bakkies were also the two best-selling vehicles overall in SA's new vehicle market.

Great year for the Hilux

The Hilux sold a staggering 36 422 units in 2017, at an average of 3035 units per month. The Ranger, at an average of 2734 units per month, found 32 811 new owners last year.

Big, small bakkies

The Nissan NP200, though a half-tonner, found itself in some good company when it ended 2017 as SA’s third best-selling bakkie. On 15 112 units it beat the Isuzu KB (14 256 units), and also comprehensively outsold the Chevrolet Ute (7544 units) down in sixth place. The Ute, sadly, saw sales dwindling down in the second half of 2017.

In fifth place the Nissan Hardbody/NP300 found 13 523 units.

The Volkswagen Amarok capped off its year in seventh place (2946 units), ahead of the most expensive bakkie on sale in South Africa for the moment, the Toyota Land Cruiser pick-up (2682 units).
The Nissan Navara (1831 units) and Mahindra Scorpio pik-up (1168 units) took the final two spots in the top ten list.

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