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Attractive sales incentives which support new vehicle demand

By: Irma Venter     15th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

August new-vehicle sales strengthen by 6.7%

By: Irma Venter     4th September 2017 New-vehicle sales in August increased by 6.7% compared with the same month last year, to 49 222 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Friday show that new passenger car sales jumped by 5.4%, to 32 161 units. 

New-vehicle sales rose by 4.1% in July

By: Irma Venter     18th August 2017 New-vehicle sales in July increased 4.1% compared with the same month last year, to 46 719 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earlier this month showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

July new-vehicle sales record 4.1% growth

By: Irma Venter     1st August 2017 New-vehicle sales in July increased 4.1% compared with the same month last year, to 46 719 units. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday showed that new passenger car sales increased by 6.2%, to 30 826 units. 

Tough economic conditions reflected in May vehicle sales

By: Irma Venter     23rd June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry earliert his month showed that new passenger car sales declined by... 

SA car buyers had widest choice-to-market-size ratio globally in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th June 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

New-vehicle sales dip by 2.6% in May, exports down 12%

By: Irma Venter     1st June 2017 A tough domestic economy continued to take its toll in May, with new-vehicle sales in the local market declining by 2.6%, to 41 783 units, compared with May last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Thursday showed that new passenger car sales declined by 2.5%... 

South Africans spoilt for choice when buying new vehicles 

By: Irma Venter     23rd May 2017 South African car buyers had access to 55 passenger car brands in 2016, with 3 458 model derivatives to choose from, says National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) executive manager Dr Norman Lamprecht. “This afforded car buyers the widest choice to market-size... 

Weak economy continued to exact toll on new-vehicle sales in April

By: Irma Venter     19th May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new... 

New-vehicle sales tumble as economy, politics bite

     2nd May 2017 A tough economy and a slew of public holidays, meaning less selling days, both took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales in April, which, at 34 956 units, were down 5 392 units compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Tuesday... 

SA vehicle exports at the ‘lower end of expectations’ in February

By: Irma Venter     17th March 2017 New-vehicle sales held steady in February, at 48 113 units, compared with the 48 144 units sold in the same month last year. This said, however, the new passenger car market declined by 4.4%, to 31 400 units. 

New-vehicle sales hold steady in Feb, BMW abandons detailed reporting

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2017 New-vehicle sales held steady in February, at 48 113 units, compared with the 48 144 units sold in the same month last year. This said, however, the new passenger car market declined by 4.4%, to 31 400 units. 

South Africa eyed as potential African production hub for Datsun cars

By: Irma Venter     21st October 2016 South Africa is the ideal place to produce Datsun vehicles for Africa, “but not today”, says Datsun global head Vincent Cobee. Africa as a continent, with its rapidly growing middle class, is every consumer product company’s dream, he notes. However, it is also a highly complex market, made up of... 

Performance brands resilient amid weak vehicle market

By: Irma Venter     1st July 2016 The South African new-passenger car market has revealed some interesting peculiarities in the first five months of the year. Sales from January to May show the measure by which smaller brands are suffering the effect of the weak rand, while it also indicates the resilience of some of the... 

Weak market hammers small brands, sees Porsche outsell Subaru, Fiat

By: Irma Venter     14th June 2016 The South African new-passenger car market has revealed some interesting peculiarities in the first five months of the year. Sales from January to May show the measure by which smaller brands are suffering the effect of the weak rand, while it also indicates the resilience of some of the... 

WesBank expects 12% fall in new-vehicle sales this year

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2016 Vehicle finance house WesBank expects new-vehicle sales to decline by 12%, or around 34 000 units, this year, says CEO Chris de Kock. Compared with sales of 617 691 units in 2015, 2016 will end the year at 543 306 units, he predicts. 

Anticipating junk status, WesBank sees new-vehicle sales drop 12% in 2016

By: Irma Venter     9th March 2016 Vehicle finance house WesBank expected new-vehicle sales to decline by 12%, or around 34 000 units, this year, said CEO Chris de Kock on Tuesday at the WesBank Car of the Year banquet. Compared with sales of 617 691 units in 2015, 2016 would end the year at 543 306 units, he predicted. 

Used-car market rises while new-car sales decline

     19th February 2016 Sales data released by South African automotive industry information provider the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), has noted that while new-vehicle sales have declined by 6.9% since January 2015, data from vehicle finance and insurance provider Wesbank... 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pick-ups may be added to the list, with the European... 

Pick-up war set to intensify as more European brands enter the fray

By: Irma Venter     15th January 2016 In 2015, one-ton bakkie buyers in South Africa could select their wheels from a handful of brands, mostly Japanese. Think Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi Triton, Isuzu KB, Mazda BT-50 and Nissan NP300. In the next four years, however, another six pickups may be added to the list, with the European... 

New-vehicle sales remain under pressure

By: Irma Venter     13th November 2015 New-vehicle sales in October declined by 8.6%, to 54 244 units, compared with the same month last year, continuing the downwards trend evident in the last number of months. New-vehicle sales had dropped by 9% in September, 8.2% in August, 6.1% in July and 4.8% in June. 

New-vehicle sales continue decline, exports also slip

By: Irma Venter     2nd November 2015 New-vehicle sales in October declined by 8.6%, to 54 244 units, compared with the same month last year, continuing the downwards trend evident in the last number of months. New-vehicle sales had dropped by 9% in September, 8.2% in August, 6.1% in July and 4.8% in June. 

More car price increases on cards as rand weakness bites

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

Tata passenger car sales in SA expected to double as the Bolt joins line-up

By: Irma Venter     30th October 2015 Accordian Investments sold 2 500 Tata passenger cars and bakkies in the South African market last year, with around 1 800 of these bakkies, says CEO Kyri Michael. Accordion Investments is 60% owned by Imperial’s Associated Motor Holdings and 40% by Tata Africa. 

Passenger car comeback to start with new Bolt, says Tata SA

By: Irma Venter     15th October 2015 Accordian Investments sold 2 500 Tata passenger cars and bakkies in the South African market last year, with around 1 800 of these bakkies, says CEO Kyri Michael. Accordion Investments is 60% owned by Imperial’s Associated Motor Holdings and 40% by Tata Africa. 

More car-price pain on its way, warns AMH boss

By: Irma Venter     8th October 2015 South African consumers should brace themselves for another round of new-car price increases, says Associated Motor Holdings (AMH) CEO Manny de Canha. AMH imports brands such as Kia, Tata and Hyundai. 

New-vehicle sales continued downward spiral in August

By: Irma Venter     18th September 2015 New-vehicle sales continued their downward spiral in August, dropping by 8.2%, to 51 055 units, compared with the same month last year. New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 6.1% in July and 4.8% in June. 

Drop-off in new-vehicle sales accelerates in August

By: Irma Venter     1st September 2015 New-vehicle sales in August dropped by 8.2%, to 51 055 units, compared with the same month last year. New-vehicle sales in the domestic market declined by 6.1% in July and 4.8% in June. 

Positive vehicle-export trend offers one bright spot in dim sales picture

By: Irma Venter     14th August 2015 New-vehicle sales in July declined by 6.1%, to 54 112 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry, show that new passenger car sales plummeted by 8.8% in June, to 36 506 units. 

New-vehicle sales drop by 6.1% in July, pressure to remain, says Naamsa

By: Irma Venter     3rd August 2015 New-vehicle sales in July declined by 6.1%, to 54 112 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday, showed that new passenger car sales plummeted by 8.8% in June, to 36 506 units. 

New-vehicle sales continued downward trend in May

By: Irma Venter     19th June 2015 New-vehicle sales continued their downward trend in May, declining by 3.2%, to 47 868 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales numbers released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales dropped by 5.4% in May, to 31 201 units. 

Exports only positive in dismal new vehicle sales month

By: Irma Venter     4th May 2015 A slew of public holidays in April took their toll on domestic new-vehicle sales, which, at 44 503 units, were down 1 523 units compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday showed that new passenger car sales declined by 1.9% in... 

Passenger car sales seen hitting a ‘ceiling’, as commercial sales rise

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2015 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank believes 2015 new vehicle sales will grow by 0.87%, to 650 031 units, compared with 2014, says motor division executive head Simphiwe Nghona. Passenger car sales are expected to remain flat, at 0%, in 2015, with the sales of new bakkies and minibuses... 

Bakkie, truck sales soar in March, appetite for cars dims

By: Irma Venter     1st April 2015 Domestic new vehicle sales in March, at 55 449 units, inched up a mere nine units compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Wednesday showed that new passenger car sales declined by 3% in March, to 35 548 units. 

WesBank sees 2015 market up 0.87%, trucks up 1.1%

By: Irma Venter     25th March 2015 Vehicle and asset finance group WesBank believes 2015 new vehicle sales will grow by 0.87%, to 650 031 units, compared with 2014, says motor division executive head Simphiwe Nghona. Passenger car sales are expected to remain flat, at 0%, in 2015, with the sales of new bakkies and minibuses... 

Rental market helps lift car sales in February

By: Irma Venter     13th March 2015 Domestic new vehicle sales in February increased by 1.1%, to 52 368 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry show that new passenger car sales grew by 1.5% in February, to 34 909 units. 

February new vehicle sales inch up 1.1%, exports jump 35.6%

By: Irma Venter     2nd March 2015 Domestic new vehicle sales in February increased by 1.1%, to 52 368 units, compared with the same month last year. Statistics released by the Department of Trade and Industry on Monday show that new passenger car sales grew by 1.5% in February, to 34 909 units. 

Vehicle exports rose strongly in November

By: Irma Venter     12th December 2014 November new vehicle sales ticked up 0.9%, to 51 098 units, compared with the same month last year. New vehicle export sales, at 28 021 units, were much stronger, gaining 9.9% compared with November last year. 

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