New vehicle sales in South Africa of 28,827 for November were down 11% from October but all sectors are ahead compared with 1999.

The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) said that the upward trend in new vehicle sales remains intact as sales in all four market sectors increased compared to November 1999. Annual growth improved for cars but declined for commercial vehicles.

However, November new car and light commercial sales recorded falls of 10.2% and 14.2% compared to October 2000.

At 18,766 units, November new car sales were 3,625 units or 23.9% up on the 15,141 unit sales in November 1999. Ignoring Renault and Volvo - new to the SA market this year - November's new car sales were 2,290 units or 15.1% better than 1999, but 2,132 units (10.2%) lower than October this year.

Again excluding Renault and Volvo, basic growth rate in the new car market was just above 10% on an annualised basis.

Sales of new light commercial vehicles, pick-ups (known locally as ‘bakkies#;) and minibuses reflected an improvement at 8,905 units, up 596 units or 7.2% compared to the 8,309 sales last year. Compared to October, 2000, new light commercial vehicles were down by 1,476 units or 14.2%.

Sales of vehicles in the medium and heavy truck segments of the industry during November also recorded gains. At 508 units the medium commercials were up 9.9% and heavies at 648 units were 16.1% better compared to the corresponding month last year.

NAAMSA is predicting that domestic new car and commercial vehicle markets will steadily grow thanks to SA#;s improving economy.

It also expects exports to grow strongly in the medium term. Despite a drop in October, vehicle shipments are up from 48,341 for the first 10 months of 1999 to 54,342 in 2000.

Two of the three most popular new vehicles in South Africa during November were bakkies so it#;s not surprising that commercials did better than cars.

Toyota stayed ahead overall but had to concede cars to Volkswagen and bakkies to Ford.

The VW Polo/Playa was top selling car with 1,638 units sold in November. The Toyota Corolla was second with 1,472 sales, followed by the Toyota Conquest/Tazz [a 1980s model Corolla freshened for manufacture exclusively in SA] on 1,405.

The BMW 3-Series was fourth with 1,305 sales, ahead of VW's Golf/Jetta with 1,179. Both German cars are also exported in some numbers to right-hand-drive export markets.

The best-selling vehicle of all in South Africa during November was Toyota's Hilux bakkie range with 1,725 sales, ahead of the Ford Ranger/ Mazda Drifter (1,487), Isuzu KB (1,122), Nissan Hardbody (1,024) and Mitsubishi Colt (897).

For total vehicle sales, Toyota beat Volkswagen with 6,180 units to 4,808, with Ford third on 4,780.

VW was car leader with 4,534 sales ahead of Toyota's 3,782. Ford beat Toyota in LCV sales with 2,277 to 2,151.

In medium commercials, DaimlerChrysler beat Nissan by 119 to 107 and, in the heavy sector, Mercedes-Benz with 134 sales beat MAN and Toyota tied on 96.

South African car sales November 2000:

V.W
4 534
TOYOTA
3 782
FMCSA
2 469
DELTA
1 916
DAIMLER CHRYSLER
1 550
BMW
1 499
RENAULT
1 061
FIAT
1 058
NISSAN
509
DAEWOO
242
PEUGEOT
93
SUBARU
25
SAAB SA
22
G.M
6
TOTAL NOVEMBER CAR SALES
2000
18 766
1999
15 141
PREVIOUS MONTH
2000
20 898
1999
17 306
JAN/NOVEMBER
2000
209 346
1999
174 837

South African light commercial vehicle sales November 2000

FMCSA
2 277
TOYOTA
2 151
DELTA
1 678
NISSAN
1 562
DAIMLERCHRYSLER
897
V.W
274
FASA
66
TOTAL NOVEMBER LCV SALES
2000
8 905
1999
8 309
PREVIOUS MONTH
2000
10 381
1999
8 069
JAN/NOVEMBER
2000
97 715
1999
88 412

South African medium commercial vehicle sales November 2000

TOYOTA
151
DAIMLERCHRYSLER
119
NISSAN
107
DELTA
46
IVECO
36
FMCSA
34
PEUGEOT
11
TATA
4
TOTAL NOVEMBER MCV SALES
2000
508
1999
462
PREVIOUS MONTH
2000
492
1999
429
JAN/NOVEMBER
2000
4 873
1999
4 337

South African heavy commercial vehicle sales November 2000

HEAVY CV
EXTRA HEAVY
BUSES
TOTAL
DAIMLERCHRYSLER (MB)
59
51
24
134
DAIMLERCHRYSLER (FTL)
-
19
-
19
DELTA
42
8
-
5
ERF
-
5
3
8
IMPERIAL PETERBILT
-
18
-
18
IVECO
1
3
-
4
MACK TRUCKS
-
5
-
5
MAN TRUCK & BUS
22
53
21
96
NISSAN
56
17
-
73
NISSAN/RENAULT
-
11
-
11
SCANIA
-
32
1
33
TOYOTA
88
8
-
96
TYCO INTERNATIONAL
-
30
-
30
VOLVO TRUCKS
7
56
8
71
TOTAL
275
316
57
648

 

TOTAL NOVEMBER HCV SALES
2000
648
1999
558
PREVIOUS MONTH
2000
637
1999
532
JAN/NOVEMBER
2000
6 122
1999
5 186

 

Export sales:

Oct. 2000
Sept. 2000
Jan.-Oct. 2000
Jan.-Oct. 1999
Cars
4 298
6 585
46 099
42 274
Light Commercials
684
769
7 690
5 374
Medium and Heavy Commercials
50
48
553
693
Total Exports
5 032
7 402
54 342
48 341