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82% of SA-built Polos exported as VW hits 400 000 milestone for current generation

Volkswagen South Africa hit a production milestone on Monday when the 400 000th unit of the current-generation Polo reached the end of the assembly line in the Eastern Cape. This was achieved in less than four years, since the latest Volkswagen Polo commenced production at the factory in Kariega, formerly known as Uitenhage, in September 2017.

This also comes as the factory is gearing up to produce the facelifted Polo model, which was revealed back in April. Featuring a revised front end as well as a redesigned back end inspired by the Golf 8, the revised Volkswagen Polo is expected to go on sale locally during the first quarter of 2022.

Most local Polos are exported

Although the Volkswagen Polo often features in South Africa’s Top 3 vehicle sales list, VWSA still exports far more of them than it sells locally. Of the 400 000 current-generation Polos produced so far, 326 214 have been exported while 73 786 have found local homes.

South Africa is the sole producer of right-hand drive Polos globally and the hatchback is also built in left-hand drive configuration for some markets. VWSA exported 9 099 vehicles last month, 6 783 in April and 8 122 units in March.


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Global chip shortage weighing down on SA new car market

The global shortage of semi conductor computer chips continues to wreak havoc on the global car industry and local vehicle sales. Manufacturing plants in the United States, India and Brazil have had no choice but to halt assembly lines, the New York Times reports.

From a local perspective, May’s disappointing vehicle sales statistics shone a light on tough trading conditions for dealers. Total dealer sales amounted to 38 344 units last month, up 7,6% on April but significantly less than the 43 428 sales in March.

“Although dealer sales have recovered nicely when we look back over the past 12 months, it has not been without its challenges,” CEO of Motus Retail and Rental SA, Corné Venter said.

“The continued stock shortages of new vehicles are a real issue and is of course driving up the demand for pre-owned vehicles”.

 

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It’s official: Audi to ditch combustion engines by 2033

Following international media reports earlier this week, stating that Audi plans to launch its last combustion-engined model by 2026, the German carmaker has made it official, while also confirming an end-date for production of ICE cars.

Speaking at a Climate Neutrality Foundation conference on Tuesday, Audi CEO Markus Duesmann said that production of Audi’s final “completely newly developed combustion engine model” would commence in 2025 and that from 2026 onwards the company would only release purely electric models onto the global market. Following that, Audi says it will gradually phase out the production of internal combustion engines until 2033. However there could be a reprieve for markets such as China, where Audi still sees demand for ICE vehicles continuing beyond 2033. Audi says it could continue building internal combustion cars in China beyond that date, depending on demand and legislation, but there’s no word on whether other markets such as South Africa would receive these models too.

“I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation,” Audi CEO Duesmann said. To that end, the company is planning a significant expansion of its all-electric range, and plans to have at least 20 electric models in its line-up by 2025.

 

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Official: Audi to launch final combustion car in 2026

Audi will launch its last ICE vehicle in 2026 and have a fully electric line-up by 2033

Audi will launch its final combustion-engined car by 2026 and switch to an all-electric line-up by 2033.

The move, first reported by German publication Süddeutsche Zeitung, was confirmed by Audi boss Markus Duesmann in a speech at a Climate Neutrality Foundation conference. Duesmann said the brand is "ready to make its decisive and powerful move into the electric age."

Production of Audi's final newly developed ICE model will begin in 2026. From that point onwards, the firm will only release new models powered purely by electricity in its worldwide line-up. While it grows its EV range, Audi will gradually phase out its ICE models, with production of the final version ending in 2033. The firm is aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

“Through our innovative strength, we offer individuals sustainable and carbon-neutral mobility options,” said Duesmann. “I don’t believe in the success of bans. I believe in the success of technology and innovation.”

Such an acceleration of Audi's electrification targets is in line with wider ambitions set by its Volkswagen Group parent company, which has previously hinted that it will shift focus wholly to electrified vehicles in Europe from 2026.

 

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Volkswagen wants to ditch internal combustion models in Europe by 2035

Volkswagen won’t be ditching internal combustion quite as quickly as its sister brand Audi, which recently announced that it will go all-electric in all markets except China by 2033, but the Wolfsburg based brand is reportedly forging ahead with a plan to completely electrify its European line-up.

In a recent interview with German publication Merkur.de, Volkswagen sales director Klaus Zellmer said that the company planned to end sales of internal combustion models in Europe somewhere between 2033 and 2035. In markets such as the US and China this will take “a little longer”, Zellmer said, while markets in Africa and South America are expected to take “a good bit” longer due to political and infrastructure set-backs.

Zellmer added that there were markets where EVs would make little ecological sense due to their electricity being primarily generated from coal, and it’s for this reason that the company will allow a certain amount of leeway with internal combustion models. “The freedom of choice always rests with the customer”, the VW exec told Mercur.de.

 

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VW petrol engines for Africa – until 2050

Africa could be one of the last places VW will sell petrol engines, before its 2050 deadline.

The future between what VW shows, and South Africa gets, is going to dramatically diverge. In future.

Klaus Zellmer is VW’s head of sales and the man who has to plan future product demand. If anyone has an idea what VW’s realistic product portfolio is going to be in a decade from now, it is Zellmer.

In a candid interview with Germany’s Muenchner Merkur, Zellmer confirmed that VW is not going to sell any internal combustion vehicles in Europe, beyond 2035. And implies no hybrids, either.

The boldness of Europe’s largest car company, committing to a zero tailpipe emissions portfolio by 2035, is significant. It also means that Porsche, which is within the VW ownership organogram, won’t be producing its classic flat-six engine, for the 911, by 2035.

A telling aspect of Zellmer’s interview, was when he was quizzed about VW’s product strategy for Africa. Zellmer’s view is more long-term. Which has implications for the local market.

Despite VW committing to an exclusively electric vehicle product line-up in Europe, by 2035, Africa will not transition on a similar timeline.

 

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SA car sales gaining momentum – these were the top-selling brands in June 2021

South African vehicle sales in June 2021 continued to gain momentum in line with industry expectations, Naamsa said on Thursday as it released last month’s sales figures.

A total of 38 030 new vehicles found homes in June, which is a mere 0,8% drop versus May 2021, and a 20,2% increase over June 2020. However, compared with the pre-pandemic market, the industry still has a long way to go – consider that last month’s overall vehicle sales were still 18,5% lower than in June 2019. For the first six months of 2021, the market has grown by 40,1% versus the same period last year, however compared to the first six months of 2019, the market is 11,7% down.

According to Naamsa, 86,3% of new vehicle sales took place through the dealer channels, while 7,6% went to the rental industry, 3,9% to corporate fleets and 2,2% to the government. Passenger cars are leading the growth, gaining 28% year-on-year, while light commercial vehicles were up by only 9,6% versus June 2020.

The export markets gave manufacturers a reason to smile in June, with a total of 28 384 units shipped abroad, which represents a 50,9% gain over June last year. Toyota took the lead in June with 7 497 exports, followed by Volkswagen (7 188), BMW (5 967) and Ford (5 793).

These were the top-selling brands in June 2021
  1. Toyota – 9 630 units
  2. Volkswagen – 5 530
  3. Ford – 3 273
  4. Hyundai – 2 450
  5. Nissan – 2 120
  6. Suzuki Auto – 1 992
  7. Haval – 1 809
  8. Isuzu – 1 664
  9. Kia – 1 557
  10. Renault – 1 456
  11. BMW – 1 248
  12. Mercedes-Benz – 744
  13. Mazda – 670
  14. Mahindra – 494
  15. Peugeot – 407
 

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New Car Sales in SA: June 2021

Take a look at how new car sales performed in South Africa in June 2021.

Despite a shift in national lockdown regulations for the worse in June 2021, local car sales appear to be gaining momentum. This is according to the data published by naamsa in its monthly wrap up of national vehicle sales.

Reflecting on the new vehicle sales statistics for the month of June 2021 naamsa said that the recovery in the new vehicle market is gaining momentum and in line with industry expectations, notwithstanding the country moving from level 2 to level 3 in mid-June and subsequently to adjusted alert level 4 lockdown restrictions at the end of June 2021.

New Car Sales in SA June 2021
  • Aggregate new vehicle sales of 38 030 units up by 20% (+6 387 units) compared to the 18 808 units sold in June 2020.
  • Passenger car sales of 24 482 units up by 28% (+5 348 units) compared to the 19 134 units sold in June 2020.
  • Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) sales of 11 208 units up by 9.6% (+986 units) compared to the 10 222 units sold in June 2020.
  • Export sales of 28 384 units up by 20% (+9 576units) compared to the 18 808 units expired in June 2020.
Top 10 Best Selling Car Brands in South Africa for May 2021
  1. Toyota – 9 630 units
  2. Volkswagen – 5 530 units
  3. Ford – 3 273 units
  4. Hyundai – 2 450 units
  5. Nissan – 2 120 units
  6. Suzuki – 1 992 units
  7. Haval – 1 809 units
  8. Isuzu – 1 664 units
  9. Kia – 1 557 units
  10. Renault – 1 456 units
 

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  1. Toyota – 9 630 units
  2. Volkswagen – 5 530
  3. Ford – 3 273
  4. Hyundai – 2 450
  5. Nissan – 2 120
  6. Suzuki Auto – 1 992
  7. Haval – 1 809
  8. Isuzu – 1 664
  9. Kia – 1 557
  10. Renault – 1 456
  11. BMW – 1 248
  12. Mercedes-Benz – 744
  13. Mazda – 670
  14. Mahindra – 494
  15. Peugeot – 407

Honda and Opel still out of the top 15 and Haval showing that they have arrived, in case anyone was in doubt, 7th position for the second month.
 

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Honda and Opel still out of the top 15 and Haval showing that they have arrived, in case anyone was in doubt, 7th position for the second month.
The overtake Nissan I think Mayne even Ford when more those fancy models come. Ford got pretty bad rep atm and don't seem keen to fix it
 

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The overtake Nissan I think Mayne even Ford when more those fancy models come. Ford got pretty bad rep atm and don't seem keen to fix it
They sold more than Nissan last month, what impresses me the most is that their lineup is not even extensive, that's about 5 models. The time is right to bring something even more affordable to shake things up.
 

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They sold more than Nissan last month, what impresses me the most is that their lineup is not even extensive, that's about 5 models. The time is right to bring something even more affordable to shake things up.
Indeed seem SA is voting for the wallet and the not badge. Unless it comes with Toyota, people just love that badge.
 

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Yes I do but they should still be listed as their own brand, just like Peugeot.
I think CARMAG made a mistake, they listed Peugeot instead of PCSA because on Naamsa's PDF PCSA is the only one that appears on the list.

But I do agree with you, brands should be listed separately instead of just the group that they are owned by.
 

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South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies: June 2021

June 2021 wasn’t the best of months for bakkie sales, in relative terms at least, with the light commercial vehicle sector growing by 9,6% versus June last year, whereas passenger cars saw a growth of 28%. Overall the South African vehicle market was 0,8 percent down on the month before and 20,2 percent up on May 2020.

Toyota once again won the bakkie sales race, with 3 320 Hilux sales recorded, and Ford’s Ranger had a decent month too, with 2 407 units moved. Isuzu followed in third with its D-Max (1 304), Nissan’s NP200 was fourth (987) and GWM made it into the top five by selling 387 P-Series bakkies, according to Naamsa figures.

Among the lesser-selling bakkies, the Volkswagen Amarok just missed the top 10, with 88 Amarok sales recorded, while the Mitsubishi Triton managed 44 sales and the Mahindra Bolero 37. The soon-to-be-discontinued Nissan NP300 range managed 49 sales, and no Navara numbers were listed for last month – although you can expect this to change soon as the significantly expanded, locally-produced line-up comes on stream soon.

South Africa’s 10 best-selling bakkies: June 2021
  1. Toyota Hilux – 3 320 units
  2. Ford Ranger – 2 407
  3. Isuzu D-Max – 1 304
  4. Nissan NP200 – 987
  5. GWM P-Series – 387
  6. Toyota Land Cruiser PU – 303
  7. Mahindra Scorpio Pik-Up – 301
  8. Hyundai H100 Bakkie – 169
  9. GWM Steed – 163
  10. Kia K2700 – 129
https://www.carmag.co.za/news/south-africas-10-best-selling-bakkies-june-2021/
 

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South Africa’s 20 best-selling passenger cars: May 2021

With rental companies finally re-fleeting, the passenger vehicle market saw some encouraging growth in June 2021. Relative to the light commercial vehicle market, which registered a year-on-year growth of 9,6% last month, the passenger car sales rose by 28% versus June 2020.

According to Naamsa figures, the Volkswagen Polo Vivo and its more modern Polo sibling were the two best-selling passenger vehicles in June, with the pair recording respective sales volumes of 1 636 and 1 418.

Toyota took up the next two spots, with the Starlet managing 1 165 sales and the Fortuner accounting for 819. One has to feel for Suzuki Auto SA, which sold just 62 Balenos last month despite it being practically identical to the Starlet. Thankfully it was a narrower gap in the compact SUV game, where the Urban Cruiser saw a volume of 591 units and Suzuki’s Vitara Brezza managed a not inconsiderable 344 sales. Nissan’s new Magnite (532 sales) was not too far behind its Toyota rival.

It’s also interesting to note that the Haval Jolion emerged as the fifth best-selling passenger car in June, with a volume of 577 units. This helped the Chinese importer achieve seventh place overall in the brand sales ranking, just behind Suzuki and Nissan.

South Africa’s 20 best-selling passenger cars: June 2021
  1. Volkswagen Polo Vivo – 1 636
  2. Volkswagen Polo – 1 418
  3. Toyota Starlet – 1 165
  4. Toyota Fortuner – 819
  5. Haval Jolion – 708
  6. Ford EcoSport – 600
  7. Toyota Urban Cruiser – 591
  8. Renault Kwid – 577
  9. Suzuki S-Presso – 572
  10. Renault Triber – 551
  11. Nissan Magnite – 532
  12. Toyota Corolla Quest – 490
  13. Volkswagen T-Cross – 465
  14. Hyundai Venue – 459
  15. Hyundai i20 – 457
  16. Hyundai Grand i10 – 443
  17. Volkswagen Polo Sedan – 433
  18. Volkswagen T-Roc – 413
  19. Kia Rio – 384
  20. Kia Picanto – 366
 

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SA car sales | Continuous market recovery sees June sales improve by 20% year-on-year

• More than 38 000 new vehicles were sold in June 2021.

• The sales figure is slightly down on May 2021, but better than June 2021.

• The new Alert Level 4 could hamper sales in July 2021.

New vehicle sales continued to build their momentum during June, despite the continued impacts of the pandemic on the industry and the country's economy. A year ago, the market was under Alert Level 4 lockdown regulations, a position the country once again enters with adjusted restrictions.

While Covid-19 restrictions did not severely impact most sales during June 2021, we should expect a returned level of hesitancy during July. Both business and consumer confidence are certainly building their own momentum despite the current environment, which provides continued energy into the slow recovery of the market.

New vehicle sales in June were marginally down on May's figures, according to the Automotive Business Council, Naamsa. The results are a more reflective indication of sales than considering the 20.2% growth year-on-year. June sales registered 38 030 new vehicles compared to the 38 320 in May and 31 643 in June last year. A further consideration is a more sombre fact that last month's sales are 17.2% down on June 2019 sales.


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Toyota SA surpass 55 000 unit sales as first half of 2021 comes to a close

2021 has proven to be a less troublesome year for Toyota SA compared to 2020, as the brand closes its sales books of this year’s first six months at 56 460 units sold. Strong contenders in it stable remain the Hilux and HiAce but the Fortuner, Urban Cruiser, Corolla Quest and Starlet certainly have carried their weight for the brand.

As reported, Toyota was last month’s sales champion in South Africa with a unit figure of 9 630; a full 3 830 cars more than Volkswagen SA during the same period. For the first half of 2021, the brand’s strongest seller by a large margin was the Hilux with a figure of 19 818 units sold. For the month of June alone, the Hilux held 25 per cent of the brand’s market share with it amassing 3 320 units of the 9 630 total figure.

Quite some figure far behind this was Toyota SA’s second highest seller, the HiAce, with a result of 7 009 units. June alone saw the sale of 1 269 units. The brand’s passenger cars and crossovers didn’t fare all too badly either with the Fortuner achieving 4 798 units year-to-date. The Urban Cruiser, Corolla Quest and Starlet came in at 3 081, 4 240 and 4 702 units sold respectively. The Urban Cruiser’s result in this match-up is notable considering it was only introduced to our market as of March this year.

 

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SA car sales | Hilux leads Toyota's impressive sales performance in 2021's first semester

• Toyota sold more than 56 000 new vehicles in 2021 so far.

• The Hilux was the automaker's top-selling vehicle.

• In June 2021, Toyota sold a total of 9 630 new vehicles.

Toyota South Africa Motors (TSAM) marks the end of the second quarter with a total of 56 460 vehicles sold in South Africa since January 2021. Spearheading the company's retail roll of honour is the country's favourite bakkie, the Hilux, with 19 818 units sold, year to date. For June, the Hilux amassed a total of 3 320 sales. The Hilux made a remarkable contribution to TSAM's total sales of 9 630, with an overall market share of 25% for June.

Other notable performances in June include the Hiace, selling 1 269, Starlet (1 165), Fortuner (819), Urban Cruiser (591) and the Quest signing the month off with 490 units. Although the Urban Cruiser has already garnered a total of more than 3 000 units this year, it should be noted that it was only launched locally in March.

The Land Cruiser nameplate continues its strong showing on the leader board, with the 70-Series pick-up posting 303 units last month, while Prado recorded a retail total of 100 units. Lexus, Toyota's luxury arm, had a few models that registered double-digit figures, including ES (23) and NX (15), while RX and LX recorded 11 units apiece.

 
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