South African vehicle sales were 36% ahead of last year in April according to data released by Naamsa.

Vehicle sales in April totalled 35,763, up 36% from the previous year. However, Naamsa said the improvement should be viewed in relation to the low sales registered last year.

Car sales in April reached 23,606 units, a 40.8% gain on last year.

The outlook for domestic sales for 2010 remained relatively positive and could gain momentum as economic activity levels improved further, Naamsa said.

The organisation added that the domestic market should receive support from further improvement in business confidence and consumer sentiment as well as lower inflation and the benefits of interest rate reductions.

The automotive market in South Africa was at an early stage of what ‘probably represented a sustainable recovery and industry sales projections had recently been revised upwards to reflect growth in aggregate sales for calendar 2010 of around 14%’.