SA car sales: Suzuki's best month yet

<i>Image: Janine Van der Post</i>
<i>Image: Janine Van der Post</i>

Cape Town - Suzuki has hit another milestone with the automaker reporting its highest sales month yet since 2008.

The Japanese brand recorded total sales of 744 units, an increase of 27% compared to June 2017 and 68 more units than its previous local record.

Before breaking through the 700-unit barrier, Suzuki had achieved its best sales in September 2014, with 676 models sold. The brand has grown its share of the market by 22% over the same period in 2016.

Good news for SA! Car sales rise, 'massive' increase in exports - Naamsa

Suzuki’s growth in vehicle sales comes amidst a general slowdown on the overall vehicle market. According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers (Naamsa), July was generally in the black, but total industry sales remain in the red for the year and have declined by 0.3% for the year to date.

In July, Suzuki also extended its warranty period from three year / 100 000km to five year / 200 000 km to further bolster its value proposition and underline its commitment to their products. The extension is valid until 31 December 2017 on all passenger models.

Says André Venter, divisional head for sales and marketing at Suzuki Auto: “To hit a new record in a tough and declining market is the best confirmation possible that our sales and service support strategy is working.

"People are looking for affordable and trustworthy vehicles and Suzuki certainly delivers.”

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Lockdown For
DAYS
HRS
MINS
Voting Booth
What's more important when you're deciding to purchase a vehicle?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Affordability
28% - 613 votes
Safety features
10% - 226 votes
Reliability
38% - 843 votes
Good fuel consumption
11% - 245 votes
Styling
6% - 126 votes
Power figures
7% - 156 votes
Vote