They don't call it September surprise for no reason and yes the figures are in. According to The Automotive Business Council, there were 43 130 auto sales in total which is a positive 15% increase from the same period last year.
On the new vehicle sales charts, Toyota took the lead once again as expected, with well over 10 000 vehicles sold. The second position wasn't a surprise either considering the fact that there is no other brand that South Africans love more than a VW.
But it's the third position that took me by surprise, Suzuki is back with a bang and Mzansi is falling in love with a brand once again. Few would have expected the brand to sell 3134 new vehicles in September 2021, which not only smashed all previous records but also leapfrog the likes of Kia, Ford, and Nissan.
The secret to Suzuki’s success, no doubt, is that its model mix is among the most affordable in the country. Suzuki S-Presso is currently South Africa’s cheapest car, starting at R149 900. The other model (Swift) is not that expensive either starting at R180 900.
What is the cause of concerns?
The major concern among South African consumers is the safety rating of Suzuki which is not that great compared to other brands like Toyota, Ford, and VW.
In the 2020 New Car Assessment Programme crash test Suzuki receiving a zero-star rating for adult occupant protection. The Hyundai earned two stars while the Kia mustered three.
The car does not offer three-point belts in all positions as standard and has no Isofix anchorages for the Child Restraint Systems.
Here are the September sales:
- 10 936 - Toyota
- 7 029 - Volkswagen
- 3 134 - Suzuki Auto
- 2 930 - Hyundai
- 2 520 - Renault
- 2 330 - Nissan
- 2 230 - Kia
- 2 021 - Ford
- 1 990 - Haval
- 1 924 - Isuzu
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