Cape Town - September 2016 saw yet another decline in local vehicle sales.
Both passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCV) saw a huge drop in units sold compared to the same period in 2015.
The South African Department of Trade & Industry reports that current conditions in the automotive industry reflected sharp falls in domestic new vehicle sales.
The recession in the domestic new vehicle market accelerated significantly during September, with all major segments reflecting double digit or near double digit declines.
The department commented: "Given the present difficult economic environment in South Africa, the negative trend was expected to continue over the medium term."
According to the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA (Naamsa), 47 399 new vehicles were sold in September 2016 - a substantial decline of 7904 vehicles (or 14.3%) compared to the 55 303 vehicles sold in the corresponding period in 2015.
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SA's top 5 selling vehicles
1 Toyota Hilux - 3063 units
2 Volkswagen Polo Vivo - 2822
3 Volkswagen Polo - 2466
4 Ford Ranger - 2436
5 Toyota Corolla/Auris/Quest - 2061