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2015-05-12 10:52

VW'S FUEL-SIPPING BEST SELLER: Volkswagen's best-selling Polo leads its Polo Vivo sibling in terms of cost vs fuel consumption, says Drive SA. Image: Quickpic

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) reported that new vehicle sales in April 2015 saw a year-on-year decline of 3.3%.

The total number of car sales was 30 184, a year-on-year decline of 1.9%.

South Africa’s unpredictable fuel price has placed great importance on fuel-efficient vehicles so, just how frugal are the country’s top-sellers?


Drive South Africa selected vehicles (based on category) with the lowest fuel consumption based on litres/100km chosen from SA’s top-sellers in April 2015.

According to Drive SA: “Measuring fuel-efficiency, each vehicle’s fuel consumption and fuel cost was calculated over 100km.”

Fuel costs were calculated using Drive SA's monthly fuel-cost calculator, an app that can help drivers budget their fuel spend.

A table released by Drive SA shows the country's top vehicles, based on category, ranked by fuel consumption and cost. Volkswagen's Polo TSI (4.9 litres/100km) will cost you more than R60/100km. Ford's Fiesta TDCi (3.6 litres/100km) about R40, depending on whether you're travelling inland or at the cost.

Top fuel-efficient, best selling cars in SA:

May 2015 fuel prices per litre:


Sales of light commercials totalled 12 077, a yearly decline of 6%. Car sales reported the smallest decline among segments.

Simphiwe Nghona, executive head of motor division at WesBank, said: "The sudden decline in commercial sales shows current business sentiment. Market confidence is low and the current economic climate is not conducive to growth.

"So, corporate buyers are electing to hold on to assets by extending the vehicle replacement cycle and not incurring further debt or capital expenditure on replacing or acquiring business assets."

South Africa's 10 best-selling cars in April:


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