naamsa has released the new-vehicle sales statistics for August 2022. In the eighth month of this year, the aggregate domestic new-vehicle sales amounted to 47 420 units, an increase of 5 887 new vehicles compared to August last year. This amounted to a percentage increase of 14.2 per cent. Here’s a short overview and the list of South Africa’s best-selling car manufacturers in August 2022 …

Of the total reported industry sales (as mentioned, 47 420), naamsa says an estimated 86.2 per cent (40 889 units) represented dealer sales. A percentage of 8.3 represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, while 4.3 per cent of sales were to corporate fleets and 1.2 per cent to the government. 

In addition, the number of new passenger-vehicle sales was 31 269 units, an increase of 3 992 (14.6 per cent) compared to the number of new passenger cars sold in August 2021. Of the total new passenger cars sold, the car rental industry accounted for 11.2 per cent of sales. 

Sales of light-commercial vehicles (LCVs), bakkies and mini-buses came in at 13 281 units, an increase of 1 536 units. This amounted to a rise of 13.1 per cent compared to August 2021.  

The total number of exports registered in August 2022 was 28 662 units. Compared to August last year, this amounted to an increase of 57 per cent (10 402 units). 

TOP 10 BEST-SELLING CAR BRANDS 

So, which manufacturer reported the highest number of new-car sales in SA during August 2022? Well, for starters, compared to July 2022, there were some changes to the list. The top seven remained the same, with Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) again topping the list. However, it’s worth noting that, with the local arm of the Japanese automaker’s Prospecton production facility back in full swing, the firm sold 4 028 more cars in August 2022 compared to July 2022. 

Regarding the remaining three places, Isuzu Motors SA moved into the eighth spot, with Kia SA relegated from the eighth (July 2022) to the ninth place. Haval, who missed placing in the top 10 in July 2022, moved into tenth place in August 2022. 

Here’s the list:

  1. Toyota — 11 138
  2. VW Group SA — 6 693
  3. Suzuki Auto SA — 4 164
  4. Hyundai — 3 129
  5. Nissan — 2 644
  6. Renault — 2 350
  7. Ford — 2 341
  8. Isuzu — 2 122
  9. Kia — 2 035
  10. Haval — 1 797