Johannesburg – September 2021 was another positive month for the South African new vehicle market, with overall unit sales growth of 15.8% over the same month last year, reaching a total of 43,130 according to The Automotive Business Council, formerly known as Naamsa.
But as passenger car sales jumped 30.5% year-over-year thanks to a booming car rental industry, bakkie sales took a heavy hit last month, dropping by 10.9% year over year.
According to Naamsa, 82.7% of new vehicle sales in September took place through distribution channels, while the rental sector accounted for 12.4%, government 2.5% and corporate fleets 2, 4%.
“The demand for new vehicles is starting to increase with the return of consumers, businesses and rental companies to the market,” Naamsa said. “However, many disruptors of Covid-19 remain in play and prevailing market conditions have been hampered by higher logistics costs and supply chain disruptions, such as global shortages of semiconductors with a impact on the availability of certain models.
“However, it is encouraging that the demand for new vehicles appears to be exceeding supply at the present time and the outlook for the remainder of the year looks positive,” the association added.
In the new vehicle sales chart, Toyota regained the lead as expected, with well over 10,000 vehicles sold, while Volkswagen came in second with 7,029 sales and Suzuki took a surprising third place with 3,134 sales.
Here are the 10 best-selling brands in September 2021:
1. Toyota-10 936