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These were SA’s top-selling cars in April

Toyota had a quieter month due to its flooded factory, while Suzuki raced up the charts

04 May 2022 - 10:34 By Denis Droppa
Suzuki Swift was SA's best selling passenger car for the first time.
Suzuki Swift was SA's best selling passenger car for the first time.
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The flooding in KwaZulu-Natal caused supply chain disruptions and the temporary closure of Toyota SA’s Durban factory, leading to new vehicle sales in April dropping to 37,107 units compared to 50,607 the month before.

Sales were also affected by the traditional impact of public holidays during the month, and continued global supply constraints with semiconductors and wiring harnesses due to Covid-19 and the war in Ukraine.

However year-to-date, new vehicle sales are 14.8% higher than last year at 173,299 units compared to the 151,022 sold during the first four months of last year. The growth is led primarily by passenger cars, which are 22.7% up in the first quarter, while bakkies and light commercials are down 0.6% over the same period.

SA’s most popular vehicles continue to be bakkies, budget cars and compact SUVs. The locally-built Toyota Hilux remained SA’s favourite vehicle in April, though it sold far fewer units (2,788 units compared to 4,561 the month before) due to flooding at the factory.

The temporary factory closure also affected sales of the locally-built Toyota Corolla Cross, Corolla Quest, Fortuner and Hiace.

In contrast Suzuki had an excellent month with the imported Swift hatchback topping the league as SA’s overall best selling passenger car, the first time it has achieved this accolade. Suzuki was also the country’s third best selling brand in April, behind first-placed Toyota and second-placed Volkswagen.

SA’s top selling vehicles by segment — April 2022

Budget cars

Suzuki Swift - 1,621

VW Polo Vivo - 1,547

VW Polo - 1,320

Renault Kwid - 769

Hyundai Atos - 650

Kia Picanto - 587

VW Polo sedan - 558

Toyota Starlet - 510

Hyundai Grand i10 - 396

Toyota Corolla Quest - 279

Kia Pegas - 251

Toyota Agya - 221

Nissan Almera - 204

Hyundai i20 - 184

Compact SUVs

Toyota Corolla Cross - 1,421

Renault Kiger - 931

VW T-Cross - 761

Haval Jolion - 736

Hyundai Venue - 704

Toyota Urban Cruiser - 613

Ford EcoSport - 612

Suzuki Vitara Brezza - 540

Suzuki Jimny - 499

Kia Sonet - 403

Nissan Magnite - 395

Suzuki S-Presso - 345

Kia Seltos - 275

Mazda CX-5 - 200

Mahindra XUV300 - 192

Hyundai Creta - 149

Mahindra KUV - 139

Renault Duster - 137

VW Tiguan - 96

Audi Q3 - 91

Volvo XC40 - 88

Midsize/large SUVs

Toyota Fortuner - 618

Ford Everest - 164

Haval H6 - 144

Toyota Rav4 - 124

Nissan X-Trail - 121

Toyota Prado - 121

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport - 104

Hyundai Tucson - 89

Jeep Wrangler - 69

Toyota Land Cruiser 300 - 60

Isuzu MU-X - 53

Jeep Renegade - 43

Land Rover Defender - 42

Audi Q5 Sportback - 23

Audi Q5 - 18

Bakkies

Toyota Hilux - 2,788

Ford Ranger - 1,140

Nissan NP200 - 966

Isuzu D-Max - 777

Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up - 458

Nissan Navara - 435

GWM P Series - 263

GWM Steed - 231

Hyundai H100 bakkie - 209

Toyota Land Cruiser pickup - 205

VW Amarok - 162

Kia K2700 - 142

Mahindra Bolero - 78

Suzuki Super Carry - 75

Mitsubishi Triton - 63

JAC T8 - 48

Peugeot Landtrek - 36

Kia K2500 - 32

JAC X200 - 23

Mazda BT-50 - 12

VW Transporter pickup - 7

MPVs and minibuses

Toyota Hiace - 1,084

Renault Triber - 507

Suzuki Ertiga - 370

Toyota Rumion - 297

Hyundai Grand Creta - 151

Hyundai Staria - 111

Mitsubishi Xpander - 84

Kia Sorento - 60

VW Kombi - 58

Kia Carnival - 55


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