naamsa has released the new-vehicle sales statistics for September 2022, with the company saying, “Amid the despondency about load shedding and other weakening economic indicators, the new vehicle market continued to reflect a healthy performance.” However, the firm says the pace of recovery has started to slow down. 

In the ninth month of this year, the aggregate domestic new-vehicle sales amounted to 47 786 units, an increase of 4 639 new vehicles compared to September last year. This amounted to a percentage increase of 10.8. Here’s a short overview and the list of South Africa’s best-selling car manufacturers in September 2022 …

Of the total reported industry sales (as mentioned, 47 420), naamsa says an estimated 81.9 per cent (39 152 units) represented dealer sales. A percentage of an estimated 14.2 represented sales to the vehicle rental industry, while 1.6 per cent of sales were to corporate fleets and 2.3 per cent to the government. 

In addition, the number of new passenger-vehicle sales was 32 292 units, an increase of 2 855 (9.7 per cent) compared to the number of new passenger cars sold in September 2021. Of the total new passenger cars sold, the car rental industry accounted for 18.9 per cent of sales.

Sales of light-commercial vehicles (LCVs), bakkies and mini-buses came in at 12 573 units, an increase of 1 632 units. This amounted to a rise of 14.9 per cent compared to September 2021.  

The total number of exports registered in September 2022 was 41 474 units. Compared to September last year, this amounted to an increase of 104.6 per cent (20 275 units). 

TOP 10 BEST-SELLING CAR BRANDS IN SA

So, which manufacturer reported the highest number of new-car sales in SA during September 2022? Well, for starters, compared to August 2022, there were some changes to the list. 

The top six remained the same, with Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) again topping the list, Volkswagen Group SA coming in second, and Suzuki Auto SA placing third. Hyundai, Nissan and Renault again placed fourth, fifth and sixth, respectively. 

Regarding the remaining four places, Isuzu Motors SA moved into the seventh spot, with Ford relegated to eighth. Kia remained in ninth. Haval, who moved into tenth place in August 2022, dropped to twelfth place, with the BMW Group moving up to eleventh and, securing its place on this list, Chery in tenth. Here’s how many cars each manufacturer sold…

  1. Toyota – 12 059
  2. VW Group – 6 750
  3. Suzuki – 4 355
  4. Hyundai – 3 146
  5. Nissan – 2 649
  6. Renault – 2 601
  7. Isuzu – 2 287
  8. Ford – 2 212
  9. Kia – 2 086
  10. Chery – 1 352