• Suzuki sold 1787 new vehicles in South Africa during September 2020.
• This was the sixth highest figure of all automakers in the country.
• The figure is the highest yet registered by Suzuki SA.
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Suzuki South Africa is on quite a march these days.
Recently, the automaker announced that it is moving house to bigger premises, and in September 2020, it registered its highest sales figure since entering the South African market.
According to the official sales figures released by Naamsa, Suzuki SA sold 1787 cars, SUVs, and commercial vehicles last month. This is quite an achievement, given that the automaker's previous sales record was set in February this year when 1696 new vehicles were sold. The September result means that Suzuki sold the sixth most cars of all automakers doing duty in South Africa.
Suzuki's sales record includes purchases by vehicle rental companies of 320 Suzuki models, with nearly all other units sold by dealers.
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2020 Suzuki Jimny (MotorPress)
A welcome return
André Venter, divisional manager of Suzuki Auto South Africa, says: "We welcome the return of fleet buyers, as this is an important pillar of the automotive sector. To us, their return business is a thumbs up to the quality of our Suzuki vehicles, because vehicle rental companies cannot afford to have vehicles breaking down, taking too long to repair or to be the source of complaints from users."
Naamsa reports that the Suzuki dealer network sold 1 466 vehicles, quite a number more than before and a full 33 cars more than the overall sales in June this year, the first full month after the hard lockdown.
Of these cars, the S-Presso and Swift are vying for the title of South Africa's favourite Suzuki. This month, the S-Presso took the crown with 538 units, while the Swift followed closely with 533 new owners. The Jimny, which is fast becoming one of South Africa's favourite 4x4 vehicles, sold a cool 100 units to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Venter concludes: "We are, however, the proudest of the performance of our dealer network. We realise that dealers are working under tough conditions and that prospective customers are reluctant to part with their money when Covid-19 has created so much uncertainty.
"The fact that the dealer network has set a new record is testimony to its commitment, its relationship with customers and also of our range of vehicles, which has something for every budget and taste."Compiled by: Charlen Raymond