Commercial vehicle sales did better, he said, adding that while the local economy is doing poorly, it hasn’t been shot, yet.
“It still makes total vehicle sales abysmal reading at -6.1% in July yoy and -2.5% year to date.”
“Why do I like motor trade data so much? It isn’t this year distorted so much by base year strike weakness, like mining. It isn’t capped so rigidly by electricity constraint as heavy industry. It isn’t dependent on Mother Nature as much as agriculture, laid low by drought, or distorted by imports,” Bruggemans said.
Despite the current gloom, AutoTrader pointed to the top 10 cars that are outperforming the rest in SA:
1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 2871 units
The Vivo is the best selling car in SA. VW’s are renowned for keeping their value too.
Sale price: From R144,900
2. Volkswagen Polo – 2084 units
Downsized, efficient turbo engines, good looks and German build quality are the key to the Polo’s positive sales figures.
Sale price: From R194,600
3. Toyota Corolla, Quest & Auris – 1919 units
Toyota only provides aggregated figures, AutoTrader noted, adding that the Auris has a face-lift, the spacious Quest offers great value for money, and the family-friendly Corolla is one of the country’s staples.
Sale price: From R183,900 for the Quest
4. Toyota Etios – 1515 units
The Etios has one of the liveliest engines on the low-budget block – 1.5-litre engine (66kW / 132 Nm). The Etios sedan has a sizeable boot, but it’s not a looker.
Sale price: From R134 ,000
5. Ford Fiesta – 948 units
AutoTrader notes Ford’s award-winning economical 1.0 litre turbo engines as a highlight. The Fiesta offers quite a sporty drive, and is low in running costs.
Sale price: From R199,900 for the Fiesta 5-door 1.0T Ambiente auto
6. Renault Sandero – 899 units sold
High spec levels and low fuel consumption sum up the Renault Sandero, along with its price.
Sale price: The Sandero 66 kW turbo Expression variant costs R129,900
7. Ford Figo – 893 units sold
The generously specced Figo is easy on the wallet. The entry-level Figo 1.4 Ambiente has Ford’s ICE (In-car Entertainment) system, which includes Bluetooth.
Sale price: From R144,900
8. Ford EcoSport – 732 units sold
Its compact size and good ride quality make the EcoSport a good city car.
Sale price: From R210,900
9. Toyota Fortuner – 717 units sold
Good resale value and aftersales service, the reliability of the Toyota badge and low maintenance costs keeps the Fortuner near the top.
Sale price: From R391,700
10. Datsun GO (704 units sold)
The lambasted Datsun GO proves that cars don’t need ABS or airbags to sell. On the plus side, it may make you a more careful driver, AutoTrader said of the micro offering from Datsun.
Sale price: From R95,200